Tape

Tape
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Age Range
11+
Release Date
March 01, 2014
ISBN
978-0007511204
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In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after losing her parents. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy's voice on it - a voice she can't quite hear, but which seem to be speaking to her. Back in 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother's death and about his love for a new girl he just saw who doesn't even know he exists. Ameliah and Ryan are connected by more than just a tape. This is their story.

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Tape - Steven Camden
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I had high expectations of this book and was expecting an emotional roller coaster, unfortunately it didn't meet these expectations
The plot was a little unadventurous and not many events actually occur. The idea of being connected by tapes is a nice idea and one which i was expecting to tear my heart to shreds with the emotion of it all, but not much time was spent on the tapes and it wasn't until the end that Ameliah and Ryan actually have a functional conversation.
I do like the characters in the story. Ameliah is the shy, conscious person with a loud and expressive friend. She rarely ever uses a phone and likes to read and listen to music, so if you are of similar taste, then you will warm to Ameliah. Ryan is the stereotypical younger brother of two who is beaten up, and finds his one true love right across the fence. He has the usual uselessness around girls that most boys have and if he were real, he would be a good friend.
The structure of the book is unique and regularly switches between Ameliahs' and Ryans' story, but this is of fault as you don't really connect with whichever story you read and it can be quite broken up.

Overall, this is a nice book, but i didn't excite me like i thought it would have which is a real shame.I love the characters, but the plot was weak and i didn't connect with the story properly.
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Tape - Steve Camden
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When I originally read the blurb of Tape, I had high hopes that this would take me on an emotional rollercoaster and pull my heart strings, and it has in a way, but not to the extent that I anticipated.

The whole plot is a moving story, the idea of the universe connecting us through time and things which happen are meant to be. The whole Daughter and Father relationship is a nice idea, I think it however, could have been more successful if it were just two teenagers going through the same experiences. The boy Malik, I think should have played a significantly bigger part in the story, he didn't really need to be there with the amount he was mentioned.

The writing style I was confused by, there was constant switching around between Ryan and Ameliah and you didn't really connect with the characters in the story.

To conclude, Tape is a moving and beautiful story, however, it wasn't as emotional as it could have been and some aspects needed more pages, like Ameliahs relationship with Malik.
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