Kid’s Book Review: The Trial

Kid’s Book Review: The Trial

About the Book and Author

From multi-award-winning author and gender equality activist, Laura Bates, this thought-provoking story will trigger interesting discussions with and amongst older teen readers and young adults. It is published by Simon & Schuster and includes enough twists and turns to keep you guessing right up to the end.

After a plane crash sees a group of seven teens washed up on a desert island, their first thought is survival. But a terrible secret from a party the night before has followed them ashore. Facing deadly threats and the fear of being stranded forever, they quickly discover that being the most popular kid in High School doesn’t help when you’re fighting to stay alive. As the island deals each of them a dangerous blow, it’s clear that someone is looking for justice. Now survival depends on facing the truth about that party: who was hurt that night, and who let it happen?


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Laura Bates author

Laura Bates is the Founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and writes regularly for the New York Times, Guardian, Telegraph and many others. She is a regular contributor to the Today Programme, Woman’s Hour, Channel 4 News, Newsnight and more, and has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Honours List for services to gender equality.

Book Review

A page-turner with twists and turns throughout the storyline

This book is about a group of teenagers who crash land on a desert island, whilst flying home from a basketball tournament, and their way of surviving. Surviving not just the hunger and thirst they experience and the lack of shelter, but the secrets of the night before at the basketball tour party!

The author of this book is a gender-equality activist, and this is evident particularly through the way she writes about the girl’s experiences of life that are discussed within the story.

I found The Trial a difficult book to get into at first, as I found the characters hard to relate to, being American Jocks and Cheerleaders, but once I had it was a page-turner with twists and turns throughout the storyline. It was the two ‘outsider’ characters, Elliot and Hayley, who were interesting to me as they were easier to like as they didn’t have everything handed to them on a golden plate. If I were to choose a favourite, it would be Hayley as she never particularly wanted to be on the cheer team, and wasn’t really accepted by the group, but it was her who fought to get to the bottom of the secrets that were tearing the group apart.

Who would I recommend this book too?

The things that the teenagers talk about in this story are definitely for young adults, rather than younger teens, as the issues of rape, sex and consent discussed and described in the book. Apart from suggesting that it suitable for teens who are probably a bit older than me I think people who like adventure/mystery stories would enjoy reading this book.

[It provoked some interesting conversations with my family about rape, though they were a bit surprised I was reading a book that included a reference oral sex!]

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Rebekah
  • Age: 14 Years
  • Likes: reading books, playing the violin and swimming
  • Dislikes: butter and going shopping
  • Favourite Book: Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • Favourite Song: Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes
  • Favourite Film: The Croods