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Nobody Real

Written by Steven Camden

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Nobody Real Review

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for Young Adults General Fiction Recommended Children's eBooks

Growing up and moving on, with an imaginary bear-armed best friend in tow

A sublimely fresh and moving exploration of how it feels to be teetering on that giddy precipice between childhood and adulthood.  

Marcie is on the verge of everything changing. About to leave school and head to university, she feels lost, left in limbo. She’s struggling with family, she has yet to discover her own dreams and she simply doesn’t know what she wants. Cue the re-entry of her childhood imaginary best friend, Thor, a boy with bear arms whom Marcie cast from her life some years ago. Through their alternating narratives, we learn that both Marcie and Thor are heading towards a time of epic transformation, and together they navigate these terrifying tides of change. 

Spiced with pithy life lessons - ”A rollercoaster’s only fun because you know you’re getting off at some point”  - this really is an unusually ingenious novel. The wildly off-the-wall set-up casts a soulful spell that becomes more potent when readers take time to take-in every single word. A rare gem. 

Joanne Owen

Nobody Real Synopsis

Marcie is real. With real problems. For years she has been hitching a ride on the train of her best friend Cara's life. Now there's only one more summer until they're off to uni together. Just like they planned. But Marcie has a secret, and time is running out for her to decide what she really wants. Years ago, Thor was also Marcie's friend before she cast him out, back to his own world. Time is running out for him too. If he doesn't make a decision soon, he's going to face the fade. But Thor is not real. And that's a real problem . . .

Nobody Real Reader Reviews

In addition to our LoveReading expert opinion some of our LoveReading4Kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Charlotte Walker, Age 23 - 'A gripping, thought-provoking read. Think 'Inside Out' but in book form, for teens.'
  • Humaira Kauser, Age 20 - 'There is just something in the way that Camden writes that gets me every time.'
  • Kirsty, age 14 - 'Nobody Real doesn’t play an easy game, instead pulling you through the back alleys of two strange and interwoven minds without much care as to the bruises it leaves.'
  • Evie Macaulay, Age 12 - 'This book is perfect for teenagers. I love the contrasts between Marcie and her imaginary friend Thor. I love this book so much and it's full of surprise and sadness.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'The story is imaginative and sweet and covers topics like loss and mental health while also giving hope. A sweet read.'
  • Sidney Greenslade, Age 14 - 'Nobody Real is a uniquely charming and quirky book, filled to the brim with loveable characters and plot that will have you entranced long after you've finished the story!'
  • Lily O'Dwyer, Age 9 - 'Just not my cup of tea, but someone might like it.'
  • Ella Hewitt, Age 15 - 'It was well written and for the right person, fantastic.'

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ISBN: 9780008168384
Publication date: 31/05/2018
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008168384
Publication date: 31st May 2018
Author: Steven Camden
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Suitable for: YA readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Steven Camden

Steven Camden is a leading spoken-word poet, performing as Polarbear. He also writes radio plays, teaches storytelling in schools, and was a lead artist for The Ministry of Stories. Tape is his first novel. When you read it, you will find this hard to believe. Everything All At Once is a collection of original poems for teenagers and is his first collection for Macmillan Children's Books.

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