When a school tragedy happens, you may lay the blame on society, the Internet, TV or violent films. Not many of you think it could be the parents‘ or teachers‘ fault, do you? But then, is it? We have our say, spout off opinions in different directions according to our view of the world. In this novel, too, they all have their say, but who’s right?

Clem is an academically gifted model student from Eastbourne in the South of England. A teacher describes him as a sociable and likeable boy who knows his direction in life. Some day Clem’s idyllic school world is turned upside down. His father has lost his job and has to take the family to Scotland in order to take a new position. Clem isn’t happy about this but accepts it – what can he do? He even tries to view Glasgow as a special experiment that won’t crush his high-flying plans for the future.

On his first day at his new school in Glasgow Clem wonders what grouping the school might thrust him into and who will label him first. The first weeks go by and nothing happens. Academically the school work is easy street, but Clem is absolutely isolated, no one speaks to him, welcomes him, comments on his accent – he is invisible. Of course, he feels disappointed by this behavior surrounding him, but when he finally gets a girl’s attention things seem to change for the better. At this time the boy doesn’t expect to end up the center target of a huge group of bullies…

I really liked reading The Boy Who Made it Rain. The book is divided into two separate parts. The first one introduces many characters who tell about their very different experiences with the main character Clem Curran, their feelings and observations. You can hear the voices of former and new teachers, class-mates and his girlfriend. Some of them like him, others don’t and most of them can’t understand him most of the time. Listening to all these voices the reader can feel with every new page that something very terrible is going to happen. The second part of the book tells the story from Clem’s perspective. You are part of all his emotions, his fear, anger, hope, frustration, disappointment and sometimes arrogance. Where does all this lead to? Does he have to be the boy who made it rain or can Clem find a way out?

Although there are no dialogues in this story, the varying perspectives and close-up and personal views make the story come alive and very realistic. I can imagine that you can find similar situations in many if not all schools all over the world – difficulties between teens, misunderstandings, gender and generation problems, class issues, prejudices, rumors and the attempt to protect a person’s dignity and self respect. All those persons who have THE easy explanation for violence at schools – violent movies, the Internet and computer games – should definitely read this novel. The author doesn’t offer any solutions to prevent school tragedies, he doesn’t blame a single group or person, the reader is forced to form is own opinion.

The Boy Who Made it Rain is very thought provoking not only for those who have anything to do with school but also for those who live, work, learn or simply socialize in groups of any kind. Am I wrong when I suppose that are most of us?

The book is recommended for 16 + because the language is sometimes very bad, full of violence and sexual innuendo but it is absolutely realistic for older teenagers and not inappropriate or excessive.

I would like to read more by Brian Conaghan – 5 stars for The Boy Who Made it Rain.

This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher Sparkling Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of the book.

The Boy Who Made it Rain
Brian Conaghan
Publisher: Sparkling Books
ISBN-10: 190723019X
ISBN-13: 978-1907230196
Publication Date: September 1, 2011

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