On his fifteenth birthday, Monty is at rock bottom. Ignored by his parents, bullied at school, and with a brain that’s prone to going walkabout, he’s all by himself.
Until he meets the black dog for the first time.
It’s just like any other dog, except that only Monty can see it. And it talks. And Monty’s not sure whether it’s a friend – or a foe.
The black dog gets him talking to pretty, popular Eliza Robertson for the first time. It takes him to places he’s never been.
Eventually it will take Monty, and the people around him, to the very edge.
My Rating: 4.5/5
I received this book for review from Wakefield Press.
There are so many YA novels out there right now dealing with mental illness, with The Hounded being one of them.
The Hounded, however in my opinion did enough to set itself apart from the others.
Montgomery Ulysses Ferguson aka Monty was such an unique and charismatic character and I loved his voice throughout.
Monty was rather emotionally immature and this was obvious in the way he communicated with the much more mature Eliza.
The plot twist at the end was sudden and abrupt with no real set up for it like you would usually see.
There were a number of metaphors used throughout and this seems to be something the author uses really well to convey certain aspects of his story. The obvious ones were the black dog and the family home.
I would recommend this book to fans of Wonder and this book has a somewhat similar tone.