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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

REVIEW, BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY - Double Negative by C. Lee McKenzie

Book & Author details:

Double Negative by C. Lee McKenzie 
Published by: Evernight Teen
Publication date: July 25th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult


“My life was going, going, gone, and I hadn’t been laid yet. I couldn’t go into the slammer before that happened.” Hutch McQueen.

Sixteen-year-old Hutchinson McQueen is trapped between an abusive mother and an absentee father. Shackled by poor vision and poor reading skills, he squeaks through classes with his talent for eavesdropping and memorizing what he hears. After another suspension from school and suffering through one of his mother’s violent attacks, he escapes to a friend’s house that turns out to be a meth lab. The lab is raided and Hutch lands in juvenile detention. When the court sentences him to six months in a new juvenile program, he meets a teacher with Alzheimer’s who will change his life and hers.




4 out of 5 (really liked it)

I received this book from Xpresso Book Tours as part of their blog tour, in return for a fair and honest review.

Wow, this book packs a punch in more ways than one. It is tough and gritty and doesn't spare your feelings as you read through. You will be neck deep in teenage angst, abuse, drugs, body issues, bullying but also friendships, teamwork and mentorship. This book covers it all and in such a way that you won't be able to stop turning the pages. You will need to read "just a little bit more."

One thing I will say is that I actually found it quite hard to read at the beginning before I got used to Hutch's 'voice'. I actually found it quite painful which is funny when you're not actually reading it. I was very pleased with him as he started to correct his grammar!

As he changes his attitude and takes up 'swimming', I found the book progressed in a wonderful and heartwarming way. His relationship with Maggie in particular brought a tear to my eye on more than one occasion.

I thought the whole book dealt with subjects usually swept under the carpet and in a rough, in your face, dignified and respectful manner. Does that sentence not make sense to you? Read Double Negative and it will make perfect sense!

BLOG GIVEAWAY – Open Internationally

If you would like the chance to win one (1) ebook copy of Double Negative then this is all you need to do:

1) Share this post on Social Media and leave a comment on this blog saying where you have shared it and provide a link.
2) Agree to leave a review on with your usual 'book store' online when you've finished.

Closing date for the Giveaway is 17th December 2014 and the winner will be announced same day.

The prize will be sent out after 19th December 2014.


In my other life--the one before I began writing for teens and younger readers--I was a teacher and administrator at California State University, San Jose. My field of Linguistics and Inter-cultural Communication has carried me to a lot of places in the world to explore different cultures and languages. I can say, “Where’s the toilet?” and “I’m lost!” in at least five languages and two dialects. Go ahead. Pat me on the back.

My idea of a perfect day is one or all of the following: starting a new novel, finishing writing a blockbuster novel, hiking on a misty morning trail in the Santa Cruz Mountains, saying Namaste after a great yoga practice, sipping a cappuccino topped at a bustling café, reading in front of a fire with snow outside, swimming in an ocean someplace.

I've just set out my perfect life. Day after day after day.

Author links:

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December 3rd
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-Contagious Reads  Review
-lushbookreviews  Guest Post
-Shayna Varadeaux Books & Reviews  Review

December 4th
-SBM Book Obsession  Excerpt
-Total Book Geek  Review
-Sassy Divas Book Blog  Review
-That Crazy Book Chick  Review


  1. Great review this sounds like such a great and intense read! It sounds like it touches on a lot of serious topics, too, which is usually my fav kinds of reads! Great review, Merissa!

  2. The hardest part of writing this book was Hutch's language. It tore at my heart to make him sound dumb, when he was only unenlightened. Thanks for the read and the review. I appreciate it.

  3. I bet Lee did a great job on the voice even if it hurt to write something ungrammatical while she was doing it. Thanks for the great review and congrats to Lee on her wonderful new novel! :)

    1. Thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment. Great to find it here.


    shared x Debbie x

  5. Hi Lee - another great review .. and this has to be an essential read for many .. thanks for Hutch and his journey .. cheers Hilary

    1. Thanks a lot, Hilary. Love your comment.

  6. Awesome!! Shared this!

  7. CONGRATULATIONS LUCII BOOK-LOVER GRUBB! You have been chosen by as the winner of an eBook copy of Double Negative by C. Lee McKenzie in the Blog Competition.

    Please confirm within 24 hours either below or by messaging For The Love of Books whether you would like it as a PDF, ePub or Mobi and with the email address you would like it delivered to!

    Your book will be sent out after 19th December 2014. Please contact me within 7 days of this date if you have not yet received it. It will probably arrive as an attachment to your email so PLEASE check your Spam box daily!