Days of Throbbing Gristle

Days of Throbbing Gristle

by Kevin Cole

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It’s 1987. Sam Henry Hay, a 17-year-old exchange student from Sheffield, hops into Texas, USA, with one burning ambition: Manipulate his gullible host parents into funding his university, and leave his dead-end life in Yorkshire behind.

But is Sam manipulating America or America manipulating Sam? The clever lad schmoozes his way into many a bed and purse, yet can’t get rid of anyone. He executes careful plans, only to watch them disastrously fall apart. Worst of all, this once proud nihilist watches in horror as he reveals a conscience, in a world growing ever darker around him.

Days of Throbbing Gristle is not your typical teenage tale. It’s a razor-slashing journey through a time and place that really was as bad as you’ve heard. For some, high school is the best time in their lives. For others, it’s a miracle they make it to the other side.

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ISBN-13: 9781483523903
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 475
File size: 1 MB

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Days of Throbbing Gristle 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
RoseVAcademyST More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I read a book by this author and I have to admit that I was impressed. The writing reminded me of some classics I have read although the author lives in our modern world. Days of Throbbing Cristle takes us to a journey through time. We are in the 80s Texas where a young British boy named Sammy Hay travels all the way to US. Sam is an exchange student that has arrived in Texas with a plan. He won’t go back to his miserable life in England if he can help it. He plans to persuade his host family to provide the funds needed to complete his studies in a university in the US. It couldn’t be easier. Or so he thinks.  This was not at all what I expected to read. This isn’t some happy ending story just as Sam isn’t your typical teenager. He wants to appear strong, a bad-ass, a man who cares about nothing but himself but the truth is that Sam doesn’t know himself. It’s easy to “read” others but  when it comes to figuring out yourself, that’s when things get complicated. Sam believes that he has everything sorted out: his host family, the people surrounding him and mostly other teens. Sam mocks them but it’s among them that he finds the place he belongs. So even though things don’t go quite as planned it doesn’t matter because Sam has found where he belongs.  Sam was a mystery. He was the first to judge, to manipulate, to think the worst but all the while he had no idea who he really was. He wasn’t a bad guy. He wanted to seem like one but it wasn’t in him. He was just a 17-year-old on the verge of becoming an adult trying to survive this change that even today isn’t easy. When I started reading it, I thought that this was going to be a self discovery journey. I wasn’t wrong but it turned out to be more than that. I really liked the book. Totally recommended!
Liza_Shaw More than 1 year ago
Fun, unpredictable and confusing at times. The story line twists and turns just enough to keep the younger readers entertained for hours. Older readers like myself may not enjoy it so much so this is most definitly a book for the mid teens to 20's range.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved the very personal feel to Cole’s writing.  He paints a colourful backdrop to set the scene for this raw & real tale.  A dark sense of comedy also runs throughout the tale.  A sense of ‘the best laid plans of mice & men’ definitely comes to mind at more than one crossroads in the story.  The uniqueness of this novel may start with the title but it doesn’t end there.  Cole drew me in from the first sentence and kept me hooked throughout.  He also kept me on my toes.  Plot twists abound as he wields pen and ink to create a masterpiece that will most definitely stand the test of time.   I don’t even know where to start on the characters in this novel.  Each was so unique and well developed.  At the same time, they all melded together into the perfect cast for the story that Cole presents to us.  The stark contrast between teens and adults brings the storyline into sharp focus throughout.  It also heightens the emotional feel of the story. This is a coming of age tale like no other.  Although this is not a quick read, it is definitely one that is more than worth the time spent on it.  I’ve earmarked it for a reread in the not so distant future.   Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite Days of Throbbing Gristle by Kevin Cole introduces us to Samuel Henry Hay who, in 1987, is travelling to America. He is a teenager who wishes to escape from the life of poverty he has in Sheffield, England. He has one goal when he travels to the state of Texas - to get his host family to pay his way into university. While he has a talent for scheming and his plan seems to be working, Sam also seems to find disaster and his senior year of high school might unravel his plans. If you want to read a coming of age story that is dirty and gritty, but also has humor and a wide range of characters to enjoy, then Kevin Cole has created the book for you. From the moment I picked this book up I was drawn into its world and I could tell it was not your typical first bit of fluff. It is a solid, well written book with content you can truly sink your teeth into. Sam is an interesting character. At first I was not sure if I liked him. I tend not to like manipulative characters. However, the more I learned about him and the deeper I went into the story with everything going on, I grew to like him. The world he lives in is enjoyable and to me, overall, the book was a success. I truly enjoyed Days of Throbbing Gristle and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good work of fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago