So, I sat (or should I say reclined in the bath) and had a really good think about my book past and rather quickly one jumped out at me: Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks.
I read this book when I was probably about 14-15 and I remember it had a massive impact on the way I perceived people around me and the world of books. Up until then I hadn't read any kind of crime novel and I was completely and utterly shocked that such amazing works of fiction existed: it changed my whole outlook on books and realised that books weren't always happy; books could tell sad and angry and scary and dangerous stories.
But it also made me think about my peers: what happens if some of them are taking drugs? Having sex? Committing crimes? It made me very wary and incredibly critical in analysing behaviour of those around me: I almost became a super sleuth!
I guess what I'm trying to say is that the book helped me grow up through my teenage years, it challenged my preconceptions and it made me into the person I am today. I think so many books have the power to do that and I have been shaped by so many of them. I think Black Rabbit Summer is one of those books that will always stay with me and will continue to remind me of the power books can have over your life.
With huge thanks to Laura for guesting on my blog today- I highly recommend you visit her fabulous blog!