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Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
Days of Throbbing Gristle by Kevin Cole introduces us to Samuel Henry Hay who, in 1987, is travelling to America. He is a teenager who wishes to escape from the life of poverty he has in Sheffield, England. He has one goal when he travels to the state of Texas - to get his host family to pay his way into university. While he has a talent for scheming and his plan seems to be working, Sam also seems to find disaster and his senior year of high school might unravel his plans.
If you want to read a coming of age story that is dirty and gritty, but also has humor and a wide range of characters to enjoy, then Kevin Cole has created the book for you. From the moment I picked this book up I was drawn into its world and I could tell it was not your typical first bit of fluff. It is a solid, well written book with content you can truly sink your teeth into. Sam is an interesting character. At first I was not sure if I liked him. I tend not to like manipulative characters. However, the more I learned about him and the deeper I went into the story with everything going on, I grew to like him. The world he lives in is enjoyable and to me, overall, the book was a success. I truly enjoyed Days of Throbbing Gristle and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good work of fiction.