Review: Mucked up by Danny Katz

  • Title: Mucked up
  • Author: Danny Katz
  • Series: Sequel to S.C.U.M.
  • Genre: Humour/high school
  • Available in the library: Yes

mucked-upReviewed by Fraser Baxter.

I’m going to start this review by saying that I highly recommend anyone wanting to know what high school can be like. In the book Mucked Up written by acclaimed author Danny Katz, tells a tale of Tom Zurbo-Goldblatt and how he tries to escape none other than muck up day (Hence the book titled Mucked Up).  This book is really enjoyable to read simply because it’s quite relatable, for instance, many of the people Tom talks about are over- exaggerated. We often do this as well, we don’t have the whole picture about someone yet we believe they’re from another country. You can really tell the Danny Katz wanted you to be in the mind of a high school student; Tom has nicknames for just about everybody, he knows the safe places to hang out in and he is part of a group known as Scum.

One of the reasons I enjoyed this book was the fantastic illustrations. As part of the muck up day, the book has a map of the school on various pages showing where Tom is and the areas considered ‘safe’ and those not. To help immerse his readers, Danny’s drawings look like they were drawn by someone who is Tom’s age (Not an artist).

The last reason why I would recommend this book is the way it draws you in. The text itself has been done in first-person perspective and you get an idea of what’s going on inside of Tom’s head. You can get a good impression of Tom early on in the book, he’s just a kid who wants to survive muck up day without anything bad happening to him.

I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to readers who like getting inside people’s head and seeing things from a new perspective; or if you like books about muck up day.

I’m giving Danny Katz’s Mucked Up an 8/10.

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