Book Review: Theodore Boone #1 by John Grisham

Theodore BooneWhat’s it about?2012 WBN Logo

Half the man, twice the lawyer.

In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he’s only thirteen years old, Theo Boone thinks he’s one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk – and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom.

But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than he expected. Because he knows so much – maybe too much – he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial. A cold-blooded killer is about to go free, and only Theo knows the truth.

The stakes are high, but Theo won’t stop until justice is served.

My thoughts

This book was on this year’s World Book Night reading list and I’ll be honest I haven’t re-read it as I’d originally read it when it was first released but decided to do a quick post about it to coincide with my World Book Night reading challenge.

I absolutely love John Grisham books and haven’t ever read one that I haven’t devoured from start to finish in a very short space of time. I love all the legal jargon and courtroom drama!

This is the first in a series of legal thrillers about Theodore Boone – a teenager with a heavy interest in the law (probably knows more than the actual lawyers in the book to be fair!), he even has his own little office in the back of his parent’s building where he solves his own cases! Grisham’s novels are always well constructed, well researched and always brilliant…this one however, mmm….didn’t pack a punch for me as his adult books do but it’s still a good story with a very likeable protagonist in Teddy and it’ll certainly give younger readers a good insight into Amercian law and the trial system.

As this is aimed at a younger reader it can feel a little explanatory so if you know nothing about the law then you might learn something :). Overall, a good mystery that would be ideal for 11+ as it’s very ‘clean’!

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