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Boy Nobody

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Very Good!

If you were a fan of the Jason Bourne novels or movies chances are you'll enjoy this book. It was fast paced and had its gritty moments. The way the author writes really helped keep the momentum and his chapters are short so everytime I finished one chapter I was like o...
If you were a fan of the Jason Bourne novels or movies chances are you'll enjoy this book. It was fast paced and had its gritty moments. The way the author writes really helped keep the momentum and his chapters are short so everytime I finished one chapter I was like oh I'll just read one more-- ha yeah right... I finished the book in 2 days. It was very good I completely recommend it!

posted by Anonymous on June 17, 2013

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

The writing is short and concise. I felt as though I was seeing

The writing is short and concise. I felt as though I was seeing the world through Boy Nobody's thoughts rather than how he experiences it. In a way, this reflects who he is. He's a soldier on a mission. Every time he moves on to the next target, he adopts a new identity...
The writing is short and concise. I felt as though I was seeing the world through Boy Nobody's thoughts rather than how he experiences it. In a way, this reflects who he is. He's a soldier on a mission. Every time he moves on to the next target, he adopts a new identity, one that allows him to get closer to the mark (who will bring him close to the target). There isn't "somebody" within him to experience the world. At the same time, the narrative style doesn't allow for much detail to be incorporated into the story, and there is a feeling of distance between (1) the reader and Boy Nobody and (2) Boy Nobody and the rest of the world.
Because of the narrative distance, it's hard to relate to Boy Nobody on an emotional level. He notes facts, but he keeps a tight rein on his emotions with almost superhuman control. Even when he lets some opportunities to complete his mission go, he finds excuses for himself resolves to figure out why he can't do what he was sent there to do. The way he acts, it's like he's almost like some form of artificial intelligence. Only, he really is human, and he's finally remembering what it's like to be one.
Here, the plot becomes one we've seen many times. The girl and her father open the boy's eyes to what it means to be human, and he begins to question his life and what he wants to do with it. Sam wasn't quite what I expected. She's beautiful to what seems like model perfection, but she's also kind of a badass, and she's able to confuzzle Boy Nobody, which nobody has done yet. Inside, however, she's fragile when it comes to love, and she's an emotional wreck from her mother's death, her mysterious relationship with her ex, and her father's job. The way she opens up so fast to Boy Nobody is freaky and unexpected. I wish that the story didn't move so fast, but at the same time I understand that it's necessary because of the time limit on Boy Nobody's mission.
What I love the most is the mission side of the story. The way Boy Nobody communicates with his supervisors is interesting and reminds me a little of spy novels--how they have all this crazy gadgetry. Boy Nobody's "gadgets" are more toned down and inconspicuous though, consistent with how his entire life is kept low profile. I also really like the action scenes, especially the ones at the end where he learns the truth about why he was sent to mark Sam.
Not much is revealed about The Program that Boy Nobody works for, which is understandable given Boy Nobody's lack of knowledge about it. During his mission, however, he comes across some startling, though expected, facts that make him further question who he is and what he's doing. It looks like we'll be learning more about The Program and Boy Nobody's role in it with the publication of book two, and I'm curious enough to want to read it.

posted by ImaginaryReads on June 17, 2013

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  • Posted June 17, 2013

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    The writing is short and concise. I felt as though I was seeing

    The writing is short and concise. I felt as though I was seeing the world through Boy Nobody's thoughts rather than how he experiences it. In a way, this reflects who he is. He's a soldier on a mission. Every time he moves on to the next target, he adopts a new identity, one that allows him to get closer to the mark (who will bring him close to the target). There isn't "somebody" within him to experience the world. At the same time, the narrative style doesn't allow for much detail to be incorporated into the story, and there is a feeling of distance between (1) the reader and Boy Nobody and (2) Boy Nobody and the rest of the world.
    Because of the narrative distance, it's hard to relate to Boy Nobody on an emotional level. He notes facts, but he keeps a tight rein on his emotions with almost superhuman control. Even when he lets some opportunities to complete his mission go, he finds excuses for himself resolves to figure out why he can't do what he was sent there to do. The way he acts, it's like he's almost like some form of artificial intelligence. Only, he really is human, and he's finally remembering what it's like to be one.
    Here, the plot becomes one we've seen many times. The girl and her father open the boy's eyes to what it means to be human, and he begins to question his life and what he wants to do with it. Sam wasn't quite what I expected. She's beautiful to what seems like model perfection, but she's also kind of a badass, and she's able to confuzzle Boy Nobody, which nobody has done yet. Inside, however, she's fragile when it comes to love, and she's an emotional wreck from her mother's death, her mysterious relationship with her ex, and her father's job. The way she opens up so fast to Boy Nobody is freaky and unexpected. I wish that the story didn't move so fast, but at the same time I understand that it's necessary because of the time limit on Boy Nobody's mission.
    What I love the most is the mission side of the story. The way Boy Nobody communicates with his supervisors is interesting and reminds me a little of spy novels--how they have all this crazy gadgetry. Boy Nobody's "gadgets" are more toned down and inconspicuous though, consistent with how his entire life is kept low profile. I also really like the action scenes, especially the ones at the end where he learns the truth about why he was sent to mark Sam.
    Not much is revealed about The Program that Boy Nobody works for, which is understandable given Boy Nobody's lack of knowledge about it. During his mission, however, he comes across some startling, though expected, facts that make him further question who he is and what he's doing. It looks like we'll be learning more about The Program and Boy Nobody's role in it with the publication of book two, and I'm curious enough to want to read it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2014

    Not being the type of person to sit down and read a book for fun

    Not being the type of person to sit down and read a book for fun and enjoyment I was suggested to read the book Boy Nobody  by Allen Zadoff. Catching my attention with his descriptions of a young teenage boy who has to face several dilemmas. Starting the book off with a normal acting teenager Zadoff slowly got my attention then the twist came in when the first difficult situation appears. Does the main character choose life or death?! Choosing life he has to work with the Program, people in the program killed his parents, or ending his journey on the earth. Working for the Program his profile changes on every mission he goes on. After brutally killing  his "best friends" dad he is sent to New York  to his next mission; kill the mayor of New York . Falling in love interrupts the assignment  that he was assigned. The end of the book has a great twist that I did not see coming! Enjoy the book! I encourage readers that struggle with getting into a book to pick this is not one up and give it it a chance! 

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  • Posted August 19, 2014

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and NetGalley.)

    This book started out well, but after about 20% it just got worse and worse.

    Boy nobody started out as quite an interesting spy-type character and he actually seemed pretty competent at his job, but unfortunately that all changed. After a point he totally came off his game, was unable to do as he was tasked, and basically turned in to a right wimp!

    The storyline again started out well, but at the 20% mark it went rapidly downhill and I really lost interest. I didn’t get why Boy Nobody was suddenly off his game, why he couldn’t do what he was supposed to be doing, and why the story was going the way it was!
    The romance in this was a little dodgy, and again, Boy Nobody really needed to get his head back in the game!

    The ending to this wasn’t too bad, but I had really lost interest by that point.
    5 out of 10.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    I haven't read but it seems awfully similar to Nobody by Jennife

    I haven't read but it seems awfully similar to Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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