Blog Tour – My Unforgettable Year by Adem Besim reviewed by Jill Smith

I’ve posted this Book Review early as my part of the blog tour is on the 23rd, however, for those eagerly awaiting more about this great book, here it is! I’ve also posted this in the Book-Review-Children,s YA’s older tab. As I’m on Granma duties this weekend, I want to make sure I’m not late putting it on my blog.

Book Review by Jill Smith©Nov14

Title: My Unforgettable Year

Author: Adem Besim

Publisher: Morris Publishing Australia


My unforgetable year cover Adem BesimThis coming of age story is told from 17 year old Nathan Thompson’s viewpoint. He has grown up in the small Victorian town of Kyabram. He is the town football hero. He and his friends are going through their last year at school. They face pressures to succeed from parents and teachers, along with other pressures from piers.

The inherent aggression Nathan feels towards his father is the result of his fathers’ constant demands AdemBesim picthat he to train harder, to get noticed by the big league AFL football clubs, so he can forge a career there. That’s not what Nathan wants to do and his father seems to not listen to this. Coach Garry becomes his mentor in football and in life.

His best friend Matt is like a brother and his parents are his second family. They both play football, along with Jarryd who constantly antagonises Nathan. It is a small town and everyone knows everyone, so when the beautiful Katie arrives mid-year to finish her final year of school, gossip spreads through the town. Nathan falls in love, while his ex-girlfriend Sarah, not liking the situation, spreads some choice and untrue gossip.

I really enjoyed the fact that this book was written from a male perspective with all the testosterone and teenage anger clearly described. It was written in the first person, and although the publisher suggested it was a kind of diary, I enjoyed the narrative. Having recently read two female coming of age stories in ‘Crashing Down’ by Kate McCaffrey and ‘That’s Why I Wrote this Song’ by Susanne Gervay, it was great to get something from a totally different perspective.

This is Adems’ debut novel and I certainly look forward to more enjoyable reads from him.

For more about Adem go to the Morris Publishing site


About jillsmith

I am an author of SciFi Books 'Dual Visions' and it's follow up 'Vashla's world' now retitled Book 1 and Book 2 of the Ancient Alien Series, as I've written the third in the series currently titled Travellers. I also write book reviews, articles and short stories. As a member of The Ten Penners, I've written six short stories in a collaborative our anthology for children called Fan-tas-tic-al Tales (released 2009), and nine stories including a novella in Mystery, Mayhem & Magic (released 2017). They are both available in hard copy and on Amazon as ebooks. I blog to showcase my work. My book reviews appear in PIO (Pass It On) and e-Writeabout. I'm a happy Grandmother to two beautiful girls, wife of the ever tolerant Clive, mother of our son Simon. I work part time and lead a busy life.
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