Thursday, January 20, 2011

Noah's Law

title: Noah's Law
Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah
First Published: 2011 by Pan Macmillan

Noah's Law is the most recent Randa Abdel-Fattah book. Noah is a prankster, his father is a high ranking barrister in Sydney. this combination can result in some disagreements. Noah's father decides he needs to learn responsibility and to fix his attitude, so he's sent to work at his aunt's law firm for his whole holidays. Noah is outraged to not be spending his holidays sleeping, watching DVDs, swimming at the beach and hanging with his mates. luckily for him he makes friends with a cute, smart girl called Jacinta and an interesting case, to say the least, turns up.

This book is not like Randa Abdel-Fattah's other books. Her other 3 books are on much more serious topics and you get a lot further inside the characters heads. Noah's Law is more of a light summer read than Does my Head look Big in This or Where the Streets Had a Name, which explore identity and religion. while the character's were realistic, i felt i didn't get to know them particularly well.

i also found it just a little far fetched. what is the chance of a 16 year old boy actually getting involved and basically solving a case that large and crazy? it wasn't unbelievable, but it didn't quite fit together perfectly.

Noah's Law also uses a lot of lawyer talk, i think you could easily understand what was going on even if you didn't understand the terms. i am one of those people who always has to ask questions and luckily my dad was a lawyer before he became an English professor, so all my questions were answered. if you aren't this lucky google should be able to help you out.

i thought Noah's Law was a good book, with interesting characters, great humour and a thrilling plot. the law vibe made it quite unique.


Jess said...

I've been thinking about reading this. Now I will :D

Nic @ Irresistible Reads said...

This is on my wishlist! It sounds like a lot of fun. Great review :)

Nomes said...

you did a great job on this review anna! i read this one last week and have been thinking about reviewing it (but am so lazy at the moment, haha).

i agree it had a lot of lawyer talk but was easy to follow!

Anonymous said...

Oh Thanks! I know, I adore her!

Anonymous said...

Sure; well to me a grand movie is: Pride and Prejudice, Hayao Miyazakki films, really well done films, the boy in the striped pyjamas... I love films that aren't always what you'd think or how you'd like it to end, but they are just so well done and portrayed... ( : I love The Secret Life of Bees, Ember City, NAnny McPhee films, I capture the castle... I love heaps of Grand movies! What is a grand film for you?
Really? How utterly cool, I have 2 pairs of vintage bathers too, what are yours like? I'd love to see a picture of them! Where did you get them?

Luisa at Chicklish said...

I thought I'd already commented on this and have only just noticed I haven't! Oops. Thanks for a great review - I really want to read it!

Tina (Book Couture) said...

Hey Anna! Thanks for commenting on my blog! This review is defintely on my TBR, and I loved your review too.
I'm off to email your now...

PS. Can't believe I haven't seen your blog before. I'm definitely following for more!