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Numbers by Rachel Ward

January 18th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Bought used on

Availability: You can buy this version used or it is also being reissued in hardback in February 2010

Publisher: Chicken House Ltd

I give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars

Description from Since her mother’s death, fifteen-year-old Jem has kept a secret. When her eyes meet someone else’s, a number pops into her head – the date on which they will die. Knowing that nothing lasts forever, Jem avoids relationships, but when she meets a boy called Spider, and they plan a day out together, her life takes a new twist and turn. Waiting for the London Eye, she sees everyone in the queue has the same number – something terrible is going to happen.

I was so disappointed with this book.  I first saw it mentioned on YA Bliss and the premise sounded great.  So imagine how excited I was when I saw you could get a used copy on Amazon.  I don’t know if the reissue is going to be the same story just reprinted or if it has been revamped but unless there are major changes I probably will not bother.  I found the blurb to be totally misleading.  I thought the story was going to be about Jem seeing that everyone at the London Eye was going to die on the same date and we were going to see her try and prevent the catastrophe.  Instead that event was such a minor part in the story that I can’t believe it made it into the blurb.  It is the catalyst for some of the choices Jem makes but it is really misleading.  I could not bring myself to really like Jem’s character.  She really got on my nerves and one improbable even after another seems to take place in this book.  It was a real struggle to even finish it.

Posted in 2 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

4 Responses

  1. Michelle

    I’ve been on the fence about this one, waffling on whether it’s worth getting or not but I keep seeing all these reviews that say it’s not that great. I think I’m pretty much settled in the decision that I’ll be passing on this one.

  2. Aarti

    I saw this book offered on Amazon Vine and was tempted but ultimately went for a different (and also disappointing) YA instead. I’m sad you didn’t like this one, but thanks for keeping it off my shelf, at least!

  3. dsuzuki

    Yes, if you want to check it out I’d definitely say it’s a borrow not buy book.

  4. Alita

    It’s too bad this book turned out to be such a disappointment. I had been really looking forward to reading it ever since I first heard about it a couple months ago, but I’m thinking I’ll skip it now.

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