Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth

Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth

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Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
hellokittie More than 1 year ago
I've read this book multiple times and I each time i find that I enjoyed it more than the last. It is beautifully written and the chracters are defidentally not "bags of bones." I am a huge fan of books that make the "bad guy" out as not to bad after all (such as Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice and many more) Isuggest this to book to anyone and everyone. I also think that the song "I'm Not Okay" by My Chemical Romance sort of describes James, Roger and the rest of their underclassmen friends.
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i picked this book at the library and just couldn't put it down. i've read alot of books in my lifetime and this has been one of the best. It's different to the garbage that most teen and kids book have these days and i wish every single book was written like this. It shows Cap'n Hook as more than just a villain but as a person who has dreams and aspirations. James is an altogether interesting and amusing character. After reading this book you shall never look at Peter pan the same way again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book out of curiosity and ending up not being able to put it down. I am 19 years old and was not expecting a children's book to thrill me like this one did; honestly I am happy to know that a book like this exists because it reestablishes my faith in young literature. Unlike the convoluted garbage present in most children's books, Hook demonstrates characters of exceptional development. While presenting situations of a fantastical nature (such as Hook's whistling spider Electra) it also progresses forwards with a strong sense of plot and a variety of realistic situations.

Hook is not simply a mindless villain cackling over the demise of those who stand in his path; he is a young man struggling to define himself amidst an extraordinary upbringing. He is intelligent but unrecognized for it because of his bastard birth; he falls in love with a Royal of high standing and is challenged by her protectors, forbidden to make contact. Retaining morals and humanity with a dark humor are all elements that make the book exceedingly charming. The only possible qualm with the prose is that it includes a lot of British slang and sailing terms that some children may not understand. Regardless, the book is an excellent read and should be approached so that children can define the difference between an antihero and a carbon-copy Disney villain.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is beautiful!!!!!! This is one of the best books that I have ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i got this book out of pure curiosity, but i love it. i always thought captain hook was a heartless, evil, and just plain mean, but this book proves that you cant judge a book by the cover.James really does have a heart of gold which is weird because he was always consitered the bad guy. this book is possitivly brilliant, James is an amazing charater and very entertaining. This book is extremely funny and clever, it also has a little bit of love in it 'which shocked me!'. this book shows friendship, mischief, fighting, and suprises. so if you wonder what the notorious capt. hook was like when he was young read this, you wont regret it! but this is coming from a thirteen year old so if you listen it is really your falt. :) The End..
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that the book was absolutely fantastic, I really couldn't put it down. Now that I'm finished with it, I am quite sad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most authors only manage to give us a story about the 'good guy'. Hook is refreshingly different. It gives us an astoundingly clear view of a villain's childhood. I reccomend this to any fan of Peter Pan. As J. V. Hart does not ruin the main story, only expounds on it, you will be very satisfied. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the book! It was amazing! Topping swank!It is true what they say! Every villian has some good in them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most Peter Pan based books are based on just that Peter Pan. This book deals with the notorious Captain Hook, but in a softer light. It shows the events of his life (from his father who was never there for him, to his classmates at Eton, who tormented the so-called 'bastard') and shows that his evil adulthood is not entirely his fault. When he falls in love with a foreign Sultana, many try to 'keep her safe' from him. But she returns his love, and, ever the adventurer, he forms a grand scheme which involves high-sea chases, and stealing his best (and only) friend's father's boat and re-naming it the Jolly Roger. From winning an unwinnable game, to playing pranks with a stolen spider, to standing up to the school bullies, James (or Jas. as his followers call him) will win the heart of any reader. Mr. Hart has created a world so full of fantasy and written in such a clever way readers will forget that they are reading, and only return to reality when the book comes to an end. This book is my favorite, but not for the weak of stomach. Suitable for children ages eight and up. Come, and join the thousands of people who have read this book. Come, and meet Hook.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Book Changed My Life It Also Made Me Think About The World And Life How i Should Have A Different Adventure Every Day
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book I got it as a birthday present it was wonderful and adventurous and i hope there will be some form of a sequal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was stuck for novels to read, and my mother found this one in the children's section. I didn't read it for a few days, but then one night I picked it up and couldn't put it down. The language is wonderfully Victorian, though I would have liked a glossary of the Eton slang in the back. I didn't think it was possible to love Hook more, but this book did it! Topping Swank, Mr. Hart!! Please write more novels for us!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book grips you from the very beginning. As James Matthew shows his defiance of authority and becomes the hero of anyone who has ever experienced the abuses of aristocratic society and felt the sting of being judged by your class. He simply lifts you above the fact you know he will become the most murderous villian of stories to come. Must read must read must read!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
J.V. Hart came to my school and introduced his book. Right when I saw the cover and read the book I just had to read it. It was phenomenal. It was cool that peter pan was the background character and captain hook was the main character. The movie hook was really cool too. J.V. Hart's book is GREAT!. Dear J.V. Your book was fabulous. Thanks for writing that book. It is really hard to find a good book but I found it. I really felt like I was in the book. GREAT details Mr.Hart. Well continue writing great book like you have been writing cause you are my favorite author. I deffently would reccomend this book. It is very cool and the picture on the cover is really cool. By the way J.V. Hart loves the crimanals and bad guys. This book was great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful story and 'awfully big adventure'!! I enjoyed this tale of the young James Matthew and the eloquence by which it was written! The author really expanded MY vocabulary! Good form, Mr. Hart!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can hardly describe how much I love this book. I've always liked twisted fairy-tales and stories where we see the antagonist's point of view and Hart did an excellent job on this one. Classy villains are always the most intriuging characters and King Jas. is no exception. He's witty, polite, devious and insane what's not to love?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hart's portrayal of Hook's youth is enthralling. His imagery is powerful and the tone leads the reader to learn Hook from the inside out. Each chapter was an adventure. However, I would question the recommended age bracket for reading, which is 9-12. There are some fairly serious themes running through this book, and many of them are highly sensitive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book! The story of hook and how he came to be is so great!!! If you like adventure books you should totally read this book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author certainly has a command of the English vocabulary and the book is well-researched into the culture of Victorian England. But the story loses credibility when the future Captain Hook becomes an abolitionist on his royal father's slave ship. If Hook is so dedicated to evil, as is implied in the book, why would he be opposed to one of the great human evils of all time--slavery? Perhaps the author did not want to stress the quality of evil within his protagonist too strongly to his young readers, particularly a racially-charged one like black slavery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book wasn't so great. Mostly it was a bunch of rude words and violence thrown together.