Kid’s Book Review: Finn Jones Was Here

Kid’s Book Review: Finn Jones Was Here

About the Book and Author

Eric seems to be getting messages from beyond the grave, and as he follows Finn’s wild, cryptic instructions, his hope grows that he’ll find Finn laughing at the end.

From Muti award-winning writer Simon James Green ,this is a funny, bittersweet story about life and loss, and how we should try to make every second count.

Finn Jones Was Here

Simon James Green’s middle-grade books include Sleepover Takeover and Life of Riley: Beginner’s Luck, which was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award and featured in BookTrust’s Great Books Guide 2021. He has also written two picture books – Llama Glamarama and Fabulous Frankie – both illustrated by Garry Parsons.

His young adult novels include Noah Can’t Even (long listed for the Branford Boase and picked by WHSmith as one of the most important LGBT books of the last 50 years); Noah Could Never; Alex in Wonderland (nominated for the Carnegie medal and selected as one of the top 20 LGBT books of 2019 by Attitude); Heartbreak Boys, You’re the One That I Want (shortlisted for the YA Book Prize, Diverse Book Award, and winner of the Bristol Teen Book Award), and Gay Club! (nominated for the YOTO Carnegie Medal 2023).

Book Review

it was funny at times

The storyline was about Eric Griffin, who had recently lost a friend, Finn Jones. It all started when Eric and his mam got a funeral invitation to come dressed as unicorns, but this was only the beginning and would lead to Eric going on a massive adventure, all planned by Finn.

I liked how the next thing in the adventure was always unexpected. It wasn’t necessarily themed, as one step of the adventure could be about something, but the next could be about the opposite. But Eric was determined to find Finn at every step of the adventure. I also liked how it was funny at times, at the end, it was referring to the book, in the book.

I found the repetition a tedious at times. For example, in much of the story was Eric saying to himself: “Finn isn’t dead”, or “Finn didn’t die, he’s still alive”, or “Finn secretly got a cure for his disease” which I disliked.

In conclusion, I think this is a great book for people who like a story (provided they don’t get easily bored by reading). I would rate this book 4 / 5 stars

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Reviewer Profile

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  • Name: Marsden
  • Age: 11 years
  • Likes: computer games, reading, riding my bike
  • Dislikes: mis-matching clothes and minced beef
  • Favourite Book: Danny Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
  • Favourite Song: BTS Dynamite
  • Favourite Film: Marvel End Games