- By Kevin Brooks


  • Title: Naked
  • Author: Kevin Brooks
  • ISBN: 9780141326115
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Paperback
  • Naked London a summer of chaos punk love and the boy they called Billy the Kid It was the summer of so many things Heat and violence love and hate heaven and hell It was the time I met William Bon

    London, 1976 a summer of chaos, punk, love and the boy they called Billy the Kid.It was the summer of so many things Heat and violence, love and hate, heaven and hell It was the time I met William Bonney the boy from Belfast known as Billy the Kid I ve kept William s secrets for a long time, but now things have changed and I have to tell the truth But I can tLondon, 1976 a summer of chaos, punk, love and the boy they called Billy the Kid.It was the summer of so many things Heat and violence, love and hate, heaven and hell It was the time I met William Bonney the boy from Belfast known as Billy the Kid I ve kept William s secrets for a long time, but now things have changed and I have to tell the truth But I can t begin until I ve told you about Curtis Ray Hip, cool, rebellious Curtis Ray Without Curtis, there wouldn t be a story to tell It s the story of our band, of life and death and everything in between.

    1 thought on “Naked

    1. Some of the best books I read are the ones I stumble on accidentally. I can’t even remember why I decided that I might like this book. I’m not a huge fan of the 70s. I have an aversion against bands in YA fiction. I’d never even heard of Kevin Brooks.So why would I read this YA book about a fictional band in the 70s… written by Kevin Brooks?Maybe I was feeling particularly crazy that day.I don’t know, but I did and it was brilliant. Seriously, it was brilliant.If I could sum up what th [...]

    2. I’d never read a Kevin Brooks book before this one but I know a lot of people rave about his writing so when I got the review request, even though it didn’t totally look like my kind of thing, I decided to give it a chance! Each character in this book was so unique and different from the next and that was something I really loved. The main character, Lili, is quite sweet and innocent at the beginning and a massive contrast to Curtis, the boy who takes her under his wing. In one way, I kind o [...]

    3. This is the first Kevin Brooks book I've read but it will definitely not be the last. This was a raw, exciting novel set in the burgeoning world of punk. The main character is Lili, a young classically trained musician who finds herself swept into this dirty, unglamorous music scene that began sweeping its way through 70's-era England. She finds herself becoming the bassist of a group called 'Naked' but is never really sure if she fits into this world.The characters are at the heart of this nove [...]

    4. Naked is one of those books by a well established author that you just know is going to be huge. While not entirely for me as I'm not sure I'm into the topic it covered I enjoyed reading it and I'm sure someone far more into music than me (or someone who can remember those early days of Punk) will devour and love it.The thing that struck me most about this book is that the main characters voice is so brilliantly realistic. Reading this is actually like reading the diary of a teenage girl (grante [...]

    5. Really this is the story of Lili Garcia, and her coming of age during the beginnings of the Punk scene in London. Lili- the classical pianist- falls for sexy cool-kid Curtis, and is invited to play bass in his band, Naked. What follows is the progression of the band and its members, all told from Lili's point of view.I really struggled to get into this book, and was distracted throughout by issues such as the reliability of the narrator: at times the narration sounded phoney, and I found it diff [...]

    6. This is the best book I have read in a long time. The Troubles (the ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland during the late 20th century) may be living memory for any of us over 30 but for teenagers they are history and a new book is needed to replace the likes of Joan Lingard's excellent Across the Barricades. Naked fills this space brilliantly with a narrative seen through the eyes of naive teenage girl experiencing sex, first love and painful loss of innocence during a blazing summer.I [...]

    7. Review by Arthur 8:8I was completely engrossed from the very first page: The story starts off with a woman, Lili, looking back on the year 1967 and what later followed. This is the time where she met two people that changed her life: Will and Curtis. Curtis was always known to be the rebellious bad boy at school. Everyone loved him, wanted to be like him or be with him. And so, it came a great surprise to Lili, when she got asked to audition for his band 'NAKED' even though she had no prior expe [...]

    8. Bellissimo! Consigliatissimo a chi come me vuole una romanzo ambientato nel mondo reale e che abbia verosimiglianza, personaggi davvero ben caratterizzati e perciò indimenticabili, e perché no?, una buona dose di citazioni e conoscenze musicali. Qui c'è tutto questo e anche qualcosa in più.I protagonisti sono liceali solo all'apparenza, perché la loro "testa" e la loro esperienza vanno ben oltre la scuola frequentata (a cui si accenna pochissimo) e la data anagrafica di nascita. Sono uomini [...]

    9. 2.5/5 ⭐️, only because of William's storyline (which was the only thing that kept me interested enough to finish the book).

    10. 3,5 stelline. RECENSIONE A CURA DEL BLOG CAMMINANDO TRA LE PAGINE: camminando-tra-le-pagines“Naked – brucia ancora, rompi le regole” di Kevin Brooks è un romanzo young adult pubblicato dalla Piemme ad aprile di quest’anno. Ammetto con tutta onestà che questa uscita l’ho notato appena, in libreria lo avevo visto appoggiato sugli scaffali, ma sono sempre passata oltre senza degnarlo di uno sguardo attento e senza leggere la trama per vedere se potesse interessarmi. Poi qualche giorno f [...]

    11. A student asked me for a tragic romance list recently, and this would fit the bill. But it's also great for those interested in the origin of punk music, not to mention that it also deals with conflict in Ireland and the IRA. I devoured this book, although the writing was a little.ed? I'm not sure I can explain it but it's basically a look-back at this year from the life of a girl in a punk band.

    12. London, 1976: a summer of chaos, punk, love . . . and the boy they called Billy the Kid.It was the summer of so many things. Heat and violence, love and hate, heaven and hell. It was the time I met William Bonney - the boy from Belfast known as Billy the Kid.I've kept William's secrets for a long time, but now things have changed and I have to tell the truth. But I can't begin until I've told you about Curtis Ray. Hip, cool, rebellious Curtis Ray. Without Curtis, there wouldn't be a story to tel [...]

    13. Romance and Fantasy for Cosmopolitan Girls"Il mio cuore è nato nella lunga estate rovente del 1976. Fu allora che la mia vita iniziò,il mio amore fu sigillato, la mia anima si perse e si infranse. Fu l’estate di molte cose - calore e violenza, amore e odio, sogni e incubi, paradiso e inferno - e riguardando a quel periodo adesso, è difficile distinguere il bene dal male.Era tutto puro e marcio.Allo stesso tempo, indissolubilmente.Senza distinzione.Era l'estate dei miei diciassette anni. Un' [...]

    14. The story begins with a women reminiscing to a time in 1976. The year she came across both William and Curtis. Both would change her life, forever. Curtis has always been the cool, rebellious, bad boy in school. Both boys and girls adore and admire him, so when he catches her playing on the piano and gazing at her with his intense eyes she can't help but feel her heart flutter. She's ordinary and nothing special in her opinion so when he asks her to audition for his band "NAKED" she's shocked bu [...]

    15. This review was originally posted on Fluttering ButterfliesOh how much did I adore Naked by Kevin Brooks?! If I'm honest, I was slightly worried about it beforehand. Even though I'm becoming an increasingly bigger fan of Kevin Brooks with each of his novels that I read, I was still a little bit wary about reading a book set in the late 1970s AND a book about punk rock. Mostly because I wasn't born in the late 70s and have almost no knowledge of punk rock.Even so, I loved this book to bits. Kevin [...]

    16. This is the first Kevin Brooks book I've read. He's an incredibly popular author and as I've been wanting to read one of his novels for a while I was excited about the opportunity to review his new title. I also discovered while reading the press release that he hails from my home town so I was doubly pleased!The main thing I enjoyed about 'Naked' was the way in which Kevin Brooks really captured the essence of the seventies and set about recreating the culture of the day, including the differen [...]

    17. There are books out there which wrenches your heart out and makes you break down uncontrollably at the end. This is one of those books. At first, I thought this book is about punk music. And it is. At the beginning. Lili is a likable protagonist. She's insecure but she always tries her best. She didn't know her dreams but she's sensible enough not to chase empty dreams.Kevin Brooks really did his historical study. Reading this, i was transported to 1976's music scene. We even got to know some pr [...]

    18. Oh.My.God. I can't even begin to express how much I loved Naked. For me, it has to be one of the best books I've ever read. It was just THAT good. It had everything a perfect book needs. The first thing in Naked which got me hooked was the catch line. 'Live Fast, Play Dirty, Get NAKED'. Totally catchy right? And it totally sums up the story. Naked has romance, hardship, despair and a great bonus, music that reaches you to the very core! Naked starts off with a woman, Lili, reminiscing in the yea [...]

    19. Review originally posted on ThirstforFictionIt’s 1976 and the punk genre comes into the spotlight in the music scene of London. Amidst them is Naked, a band comprised of sixteen year old Lili and boyfriend Curtis, Stan the drummer, and a Belfast boy named William. Their music is good, they’ve got their act together, and Curtis hopes to be signing a record deal soon. But things soon start coming in the way, and William is a lot more than he seems to be…Kevin Brooks’ prose comes across wit [...]

    20. This has to be my favourite Kevin Brooks novel so far. I read it over four days and I could feel how the characters were growing and changing, how they were going somewhere and I was going with them. I was born far too late to know how accurately this novel depicts the 70s, but I can safely say it's extremely well-written. I could smell the booze, feel the energy, experience the violence. Everyone says this, but there's no better way to say it: I felt like I was there.I didn't expect Brooks to w [...]

    21. Having really enjoyed iBoy by Kevin Brooks I jumped at the chance to review this one. Set in the summer of 1976, it is an atmospheric and realistic tale of a girl's experiences. I was completely and utterly gripped!Lili is a wonderful character - I loved her and felt that I really understood her. Curtis was someone that I hated and was enthralled by in equal measure - so I perfectly understood why Lili let him get away with what she did. William was by far my favourite character - I loved him an [...]

    22. This book is now a new favourite of mine, which is a bit of a shame considering that I've gotten it from the library. The main reason for my real and genuine love of this book was how real it felt. I genuinely felt, even though it's horribly over-done, like I was there, living it. I almost wish I did. Kevin Brooks captured the punk scene in the early days perfectly. It wasn't romanticised, people weren't portrayed as immediate geniuses. It showed the violence, the chaos, the pointless rebellious [...]

    23. It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Kevin Brooks. I love his style of writing and his gritty take on the mundane. It's also no secret that I love punk music; it's my favourite musical genre, and Brooks has written a near perfect punk music book. This book made me want to listen to all my punk CDs, which I did, and at high volume as punk should be loud.I've read nearly everything Brooks has published now and this is by far my favourite book of his. Incorporating a strong female protagonist, a bi [...]

    24. Don't let the cover fool you, this is a profound novel with complex and empathetic characters. It is written in Brooks' characteristic style - very intense, very sensory and vivid. This book is like a storm that whips past you so quickly you don't have time to think. Highly recommended, especially to young adults. This novel captures Kurt Cobain, James Dean, frenzied concerts and youth counter-culture in its finest. It only really appeals to a certain type of reader, perhaps it is a bit crass fo [...]

    25. This was half/half for me. I really loved the music storyline, but I didn't really like the whole IRA thing (I found that boring, for some reason.) But I guess I just expected more music from the cover/description. It would've been a 5 if it focused purely on the music. In terms of writing, it was really good, except it was a bit tell-y, rather than showing at parts, a lot of italics, and I thought Lili was a guy when I first started reading, I don't know why. Great, overall, though. I'd definit [...]

    26. When I saw this book I took it with me because it was about a punk band and my birth year.Wow, what a heavy but beautiful story.So much passion, so much emotion and pain.Great story about a starting band and the story about the only girl in the band and her love for first the singer and later on when he joins the band and the singer disappoints her the guitar player.But the guitar player also has a secret past from Belfast which he takes with him to London.And her own life isn't easy either.

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