Review of Smart by Kim Slater

Published: 5th June 2014
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Pages: 240


There’s been a murder, but the police don’t care. It was only a homeless old man after all.

Kieran cares. He’s made a promise, and when you say something out loud, that means you’re going to do it, for real. He’s going to find out what really happened. To Colin. And to his grandma, who just stopped coming round one day. It’s a good job Kieran’s a master of observation, and knows all the detective tricks of the trade.

But being a detective is difficult when you’re Kieran Woods. When you’re amazing at drawing but terrible at fitting in. And when there are dangerous secrets everywhere, not just outside, but under your own roof.


Thank you to Pan Macmillan for kindly sending me a review copy. I’ve heard a lot about Smart from book bloggers and most of them said it’s a very interesting read. Well, they were right…

A lot happens in the first chapter such as bullying, death and asthma. When we first meet the protagonist Kieran, I immediately warmed to him. He is an exceptional young man; intelligent, creative, talented and incredibly sweet. He lives with his Mum, his poor excuse of a Step-Dad and his brother Ryan. He was the star of a miss-matched family and I loved his point of view throughout the entire novel.

I wasn’t sure of where Smart would go as I didn’t read the blurb before hand. People said it was a mystery, some said it’ll make you think about life but I thought it taught us not to judge people because of who they are. Kieran is different and it’s because he’s true to who himself that made me enjoy him so much. He was a superb main character. As I grew fonder of him, my mind absorbed the book very quickly.

If I’m honest, I thought the book would have more of a message. Yes, we learnt to treat Kieran with the respect he deserves and he was the hero, but I expected a lot more from this book.

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