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By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. A prizewinning sensation in France and now stunningly translated by Sam Taylor, Heatwave is Victor Jestin's ';charged and chilling' ( Publishers Weekly) debut novela searing portrait of adolescent desire and recklessness, and secrets too big to keep. I think this is to further drive home that other people live silent isolated lives with their own internal struggles that we cannot see.

I received a reviewer copy of this book to read as part of the Tandem collective UK readalong in exchange for an honest review. In the whole book Leo thinks of Oscar, he feels guilty, is nervous, wants to tell someone but he also pushes those thoughts away and tries to live his normal camping life.Leila Slimani, author of Lullaby ‘With a searing voice, Victor Jestin captures the stale air of tents, the cheap music, the guys disguised in pink bunny suits who force you to have fun, teenagers as poignant as they are idiotic, rage, desire, absurdity. It's hot, he's surrounded by highly unlikable horny teenagers and we spend a torturous couple of days with him as events play out. The narrator is a 17 year old boy on vacation, feeling completely isolated while surrounded by the revelry of others.

he story begins with Leo witnessing another boy strangle himself in an empty playground and ends with him wandering around a campsite, haunted by guilt and fear, and distracted by his desire for a girl named Luce. I loved the writing, which is spare but highly evocative, and I admired the way that the author used the enclosed world of the campsite to fuel the claustrophobic tension that mounts throughout. However, when he cannot sleep due to the sound of wild carousing outside his tent, he gets up and goes for a walk.And then I had a very clear memory of a large hole that some children had dug in the dune that afternoon. With echoes of the films of Francois Ozon, this intense, slim novel is a hot summer read that lingers long after you finish the last page. It also comments on societal pressure to conform and, on the other side of the spectrum, questions the artificial nature of people’s behaviour, their superficiality and their ability to ignore the issues they don’t want to deal with.

The beginning of the book was unsettling, the description of Oscar dying and the way Leonard handled it. French author Victor Jestin’s short yet forceful debut novel is part dark coming-of-age novel, part morality tale.While wandering on the dunes he sees Oscar, one of the cool kids, hanging from his neck, entangled by the rope of a swing. At its best the book cranks out short, terse sentences like machine gun fire: “All was calm on this side of the dune. Meanwhile, the teenage summer rituals continue all around himthe fighting and flirting, the smell of salt and sunscreen, the tinny announcements from the loudspeaker, and above all, the crushing, relentless heat. It is really short - not even 200 pages - but a fantastic one, really eerie and tense, as we follow Leonard, a teenager who witnessed someone die and made an incredibly stupid decision he can't go back on. We meet him around 24 hours before their departure, as Léo, by coincidence, witnesses the suicide of his friend Oscar.

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