Book Review

My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession – JA Buckle

My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession - JA Buckle “Tuesday 7th September 

9.15am: Sixth form college (English block) 

‘Some very interesting views of life-changing events,’ Says Mr Parry (or ‘Andy’ as he likes to be called), as he walks around the classroom handing back our essays. ‘Sophie – great account of the Apollo 11 lunar landings! Amy – awesome effort on the suffragette movement!’ 

Andy paused. ‘And Josh… ah Josh… Well I’m not quite sure what to say about your essay. I guess for some people getting the latest Metallica album might be thought of as life-changing…’”

Josh has a list of things he needs to achieve this year, and he’s determined to do them. Now that he’s started sixth form his life is there for the living, he has more freedom, more time, and more chances to make friends. However he’s still got some problems, least of all is his smoky bacon crisp obsession, not to mention the fact his friend Davey is having panic attacks and that his sister is after his new friend Lloyd. That all comes before Josh knows what his mum has been hiding too. Can Josh’s list be completed before his life falls apart completely? 


I had heard great things about the first book in this series, Half my Facebook Friends are Ferrets, last year and had been meaning to get hold of it but never got round to it. After being assured by a fellow blogger that it seems My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession can be read as a standalone I thought I’ve delve right in as the first book in my #readukya readathon book.

Unfortunately this book didn’t really cut it as one of my favourite reads lately. I struggled to really get into things with it reading like a basic diary and not really exploring much depth. I liked the characters and there were some laugh out loud funny bits but other than that it was just average and I didn’t really get stuck into it. At only 180 pages long My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession isn’t exactly War and Peace though so it made for a good quick read.

I was happy with the story as a standalone but there were little things that might have made more sense if I’d read the first book, like the whole thing with Ned and the relationship between Josh and Becky. Other than that its easy enough to get on with the book on its own and I liked seeing how Josh formed his band and handled some of the things thrown at him in the first half of his first year at college.

Like I said there wasn’t much depth to this book and whilst it explored some issues like different kinds of illnesses, it didn’t leave me with much to reflect on. It was an ok read which I think will cater well for a more reluctant reader as its easy to just pick up and go with, but other than that I was left a little disappointed as it really was an average read for me.

My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession was published on April 9th 2015. My copy was sent to me from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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