He's a household name ...without a home Jake is an actor, a household name thanks to his role on the UK's most popular soap. But his character went upstairs to his bedroom six months ago and never came down again, and now Jake is facing an uncertain future. Add to that his dad's anger issues, the family's precarious finances and the demands of a severely autistic brother; Jake's home feels like a powder keg waiting to explode. It's easier to spend nights on friends' sofas and futons, but what happens when you feel like a cuckoo in every nest? Cuckoo is a novel about the roles we play when we don't fit in anywhere, and finding unlikely solace when home is the least welcoming place of all.
~I was sent a copy from the publishers-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - I am a big fan of Keren so, I was really happy when I got sent a proof of Cuckoo. I had to pick it up straight away as the story line had me intrigued and the cover is so striking that I had to read it as soon as I got it. This story is told a lot defiantly from other books and you'll either love it or hate and I loved it. It was so different from any other book that I have read before and it was really interesting.
Jake is a household name. He is a famous teen actor on Market Square but, he is going through a rough time after he gets fired from the show. He and his friends decide to act out what happened to the shows cancellation and this is how it is told. It has people acting out certain people who where in that situation at the time and it will have the comments shown after the 'episode' had ended, which I found interesting to read peoples thoughts and the people who where in the scene but where getting played by someone else. But, Jake is going through more than this-his parents have been stealing from his account, and they have to move to a small apartment where Jake shares a room with 18 year Autistic brother. His father is obsessed with Jake finding a new acting role and this doesn't help with his anger problems.
Jake moves around different friends flats to sleep for the night but because of all the drama surrounding Jake he finds himself out on the streets.
This was just a wonderful story and Keren really tackled some topics in this book. You read it not knowing what could be true and what's not and that is what got me really intrigued in this book.
It was so well written and Keren and written another brilliant book that I devoured in a few hours. If you are looking for a story filled with drama, friendship, family relationships, youth, homelessness and much more then defiantly pick this book up!