Book Review: Out of Sight by Benedict Reid
Out of Sight by Benedict Reid
This is a fabulous young adult novel that completely grips from the opening page to the very satisfying ending. Robert Clarke is 16 years old, an American who now lives in New Zealand. He decides to start a band, Out of Sight, with some of his friends. He really loves music, but unfortunately despite his best efforts his guitar playing isn’t any good, he doesn’t have any rhythm on the drums, and he doesn’t have much of a singing voice. But realising this he decides he is best to step back from performing to become the band’s manager.
This is a page-turning read as Robert manages the changing personal dynamics of the group as they enter a major competition and then they decide to do a fundraiser for his friend Sarah, who needs to have some medical treatment overseas. The teenage characters are engaging and spot on – and Robert’s story of managing the band becomes something much bigger than he first thought, and by the end of the book it seems he is well on his way to having a career as a band manager, working at something he really loves.
Out of Sight is much more than just a great and inspirational read. Anybody who buys the book can also become part of the online Out of Sight Base – an amazing website where young people can develop business ideas and get help from mentors. I’d highly recommend this novel to every teenager as it will open their eyes to so many possibilities in life.