Title and Author: Kevin's Point of View by Del Shannon
Publication Date: June 4th, 2010
Genre: Young Adult
To escape the emotional turmoil of his father’s death 12-year-old Kevin Tobin has retreated inside himself, developing his imagination into a dangerous foil and a powerful ally. While he antagonizes everyone with his superhero antics, his ability to escape inside himself becomes critical to his survival after his life is once-again turned upside down a year after his father’s death. When a mysterious package arrives in the mail, Kevin and his best friend are hunted by a ruthless villain who is determined to retrieve the package, which holds the key to his plans for world domination. After enlisting Kevin’s teenage sister and her pizza-delivery boyfriend in a battle for control over time itself, the group escapes into the mountains west of Boulder, Colorado and eventually discover that Kevin’s entire existence is because of the love of someone we never expected.
I received Kevin’s Point of View from the author in exchange of an honest review and I have to confess this is one of those different but very interesting books that keep you entertained.
Kevin is a boy who, since the death of his father, escapes inside his own mind when reality gets too tough to handle. One second he is Kevin and the other, he’s a hero who manages to find his way out of any and every difficult situation.
When a mysterious package arrives, Kevin discovers a device called influxitron and is pulled into an adventure when a man comes looking for that device. A man who’s intent is to kill Kevin and his friends.
I think Kevin is a very good main character. It is easy to like him since he is so sweet and curious. In order to overcome the pain of losing his father and dealing with his life, he withdraws into his mind. He’s very imaginative, which I really liked.
The pace of the story is fast, making it hard to put down. The plot itself makes you want to know what is going to happen next to Kevin and everyone else.
I think this is a very interesting book, with a little something for everyone. There’s mystery, action, adventure and a few good twists.
The book can become a little strange at some parts but that’s all part of the story.
All in all I enjoyed this book and would recommend it especially to middle grade readers, although I think anyone would be able to enjoy it.
Rating: Somewhere between Worth Your Time and Must Read (4 ½ Stars)