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What they say
An important and powerful story told in striking and original prose, Panther is an honest, funny, unsentimental look at how depression affects those around the sufferer, especially when we don’t talk about it.
Life isn’t going terribly well for Derrick; he’s become severely overweight, his only friend has turned on him, he’s hopelessly in love with a girl way out of his league, and it’s all because of his sister. Her depression, and its grip on his family, is tearing his life apart. When rumours start to circulate that a panther is roaming wild in his south London suburb, Derrick resolves to turn capture it. Surely if he can find a way to tame this beast, he’ll be able to stop everything at home from spiraling towards disaster?

HERE A BIT FROM THE Leicester mercury
Summary: – Panther

16th Jan: Large black cat seen on disused Great Central railway (Leics to Rugby section) at 10-00 in the morning 6 miles south of Leicester near M1 motorway)

But this panther was more a metaphor (Metaphors are used to create different effects, to create an image of comparison in your thoughts.)

What can i say about this fabulous book it may be a YA novel aim at 12 year old and over but me being a adult still found it brilliant i was so hooked i read in a night I could not but it down it just so brilliant

It out the 7 th of may you all should buy it a very impressive debut it so gripping and David writhing style it so easy to read

Derrick what a brilliant character my heart when out to him

The story told by his perspective he was so caught up his family and his own crisis he had no control over any of it you will just feel all his emotions but i got to say i loved his obsession with the panther as i say we had a few people that live on my road say they seen one i not seen it but the kids do go looking for it

I like the way David deals so bravely with the impact depression has on this family we see just how it effects them it like the way it told so honestly and openly i was so proud of Derrick for him wanting to find a way to help them all my heart just when out to the whole family i find it so interesting how they felt and how they all deal with it different

Derrick had his own problems with his weight I could connection with him as i was big i just lost 5 stone now but i still pick up a size 22 when a 14 when i go shopping the way he talks about him self his so heartbreaking to read i just wanted to hug him he seems to control the uncontrollable by just eat lots in one go it was his way of coping it was so interesting to read he pour his heart out I really feel for him so will you . I felt the panther was his life line yes it was his demon or was it ? You got to read to see

I just loved the way the story told it just so powerful.you may feel Derricks going crazy but he was not if you real think about the plot as i said at the start the Panther is a metaphor it took over his mind i want to tell more but i want you to read it just a brilliant story

I did think the start of the plot was a bit slow but it help to set you for the rest of this dramatic read

Wow the end i did not see that did you ? It just so mind blowing, powerful and so brilliant it will make you think long after you finish reading the story will stay with you for days after you finish it did me

It helps you to see how depression effort all the people that know you Derricks problems with his weight really brought home me what young people feel about weight we hear all about eating disorders on tv but we do really know the effects it has what was wrote here was so true just how food make you feel it was very well researched too i loved his very open and honest approach to all the subjects this book deals with

This book may David first novel but you would never know it was . He now one of my must buy author

My review has not done this book justice I really can not praise this book enough

One of my books of the year so brilliant YOU GOT TO READ

5 dolls(5 stars)

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About the Author
David Owen achieved a first class honours in BA Creative Writing and an MA Writing for Children at the University of Winchester, where he went on to teach on the BA Creative Writing course for three years. He is also an awards-shortlisted games journalist, with a particular interest in the applications for video games outside of entertainment, and he has written about games being used to treat depression, dyslexia and autism. David has been published as a poet in journals including Agenda and Seam. Panther is his first novel.


One response to “PANTHER BY DAVID OWEN wow

  1. Looks like a challenging read and I love the cover art. Will keep an eye open for this one. Thanks for reviewing it!

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