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Boxer Handsome

Boxer HandsomeA book that captures my attention is a book that I will most likely read again and again.

Set against the backdrop of East-End London, Anna Whitwham’s debut novel, Boxer Handsome, tells the story of Bobby and Connor. Two boys fighting over a girl. Fiction or non-fiction, it’s always the same with you lads, isn’t it?

When I think boxing, I immediately think Manny Pacquiao. Mainly because I’m half Filipino (if you hadn’t already guessed from previous blog posts. I can wax lyrical about the Philippines for days. Weeks. Months, even), and also because his nickname, Pacman, tickles me pink.

So, to be introduced to a world of boxing I would never normally think about, was refreshing to say the least. The opening scene had me hooked from the get go, but also left a bad taste in my mouth for a certain character. I shan’t say anymore on the matter, because spoilers, but you will probably agree with me when you read the book. I say when, not if, because you must read it.

The myriad of characters Whitwham introduces to us is exciting. As a Londoner myself, I can probably tell you that I’ve seen characters like these around, but it’s nice to delve into them deeper. Layered characters are my favourite. The fight between Bobby and Connor takes you right into the ring with them, but it’s the end fight that really set me on edge. Lets just say that I won’t be going near knives for a while.

Bobby, himself, is somebody I would probably fall for in real life. The way Whitwham describes his looks isn’t what you think a typical boxer looks like, but it takes my fancy, so I guess that’s all that really matters. (Right?) We see Bobby’s internal struggle over his feelings regarding his father to traveller girl, Theresa, and finally to the mysterious girl who has entered his life, Chloe.

Although, some parts were a dredge to get through, overall the book captured me enough that I couldn’t put it down.

It’s not just a love story, nor is it a story just about family. It’s a story about a community, and the odds people are faced with. It’s a story about hardships and trouble. Ultimately, it’s a story that will make you see boxing in a whole new light.

Rating: 3.5/5

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  • Amy

    The book sounds really good. I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel about boxing before. I like that they’re literally fighting over a girl!

    Great review!

  • Merii-Beth

    I’ve never heard of this book but it definitely sounds like something I need to read. So I’ve added it to my summer reading bucket list! Right now, I’m on Fifty Shades of Grey. You’ve probably already read it (if you were interested) as I’m a little late, but I thought I’d read it to see what all the hype is about. Maybe I’ll be reading this next 🙂 And great way to throw Pacman into this hahaha.

  • Nancy

    The title of the book would make me think it’s about a handsome boxer XD. It’s interesting how they gave one of the nickname of Pacman because of Pacquiao!

    I almost can’t believe that two guys would go to the ring to fight for a girl.. Then again, ~anything~ can happen and this sounds about right for some romantic storyline (line Twilight with Edward vs. Jacob for Bella….. Kind of…???)

    What do you think about Connor? I would assume he’s the one who looks like he would have the better advantage. Hope you enjoyed reading the book!

  • Michelle

    I’ll definitely have to check this book out, and I say that because I once read a book about Basketball, and that sucked me in. No doubt this will too. I was surprised by sports books, because I didn’t think that they could be so good, but I was delightfully wrong on all accounts. They can be good and can surprise you, which is the best gift. A book that keeps on giving.

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