Read Reading Kill the PossumAuthor James Moloney – Z55z.co

Dylan saw Cartwright do it with his own eyes when he blundered into Kirsty s house on that first Sunday On the second Sunday he saw only the carnage the man had left behind, but that was enough By the third Sunday, he d decided to kill him What else can he do when the lives of the people he cares about are at stake Look at Kirsty s brother, Tim, the way he punishes himself, hates himself, wishes he was dead And their mother already an empty shell, she can t hold out much longer The courts won t stop Cartwright and he s got the police in his pocket Only Kirsty seems able to stand up to him, despite what the monster did to her years before when he was her fatherDylan knows about fathers and the way they let you down He s not going to let Cartwright destroy this family, even if the solution seems unthinkable But how do you stare into the face of a living creature and snuff out the light you see in those eyes How do you know you can do it Kill the possum If you can t do that to a ball of fur, you ll never take a man s life, no matter how much you hate him, no matter how much it has to be done Tim can t kill the possum Can Dylan What starts in the white heat of anger becomes an obsession It will end in heart wrenching tragedy


10 thoughts on “Kill the Possum

  1. Amanda Amanda says:

    I ve given this 1 star, but if I could, I d give it minus 100.Sometimes books make me mad Usually I am lucky and I read good book after good book, but this book really struck a nerve with me and I found it infuriating Maybe the title should have been a giant warning to me, but the blurb makes no mention of the sub plot Also, I really didn t think this YA book would involve a teenager killing an animal.I am going to spoil the shiitake out of this book, but that s because I do not recommend tha I ve given this 1 star, but if I could, I d give it minus 100.Sometimes books make me mad Usually I am lucky and I read good book after good book, but this book really struck a nerve with me and I found it infuriating Maybe the title should have been a giant warning to me, but the blurb makes no mention of the sub plot Also, I really didn t think this YA book would involve a teenager killing an animal.I am going to spoil the shiitake out of this book, but that s because I do not recommend that anyone reads it.Fifteen year old Kirsty Beale lives with her mother, her younger brother, Tim, and her younger half sister, Melanie Every second weekend they drop Melanie off at Ian Cartwright s house, Kirsty and Tim ex stepfather Kirsty s mum married him after the death of her first husband, who was a lovely husband father Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Ian He turned out to be controlling, manipulative, a liar, and abusive He beat his wife and Tim, and attempted to sexually assault Kirsty and when caught, tried to blame it on her she was only thirteen at the time Her mother, who is described as being weak and with possible mental health issues, finally divorced him but he got visitation rights hence the fortnightly weekend visits with his daughter, Melanie Every second Sunday when he returns with Melanie, he leaves her in the car while he forces himself inside and verbally abuses the Beale family He no longer touches them, that would leave evidence, but he makes sure they are scared and vulnerable It takes them days to recover, Tim often skips school and drinks though no mention is made of how a 12 or 13 year old boy obtains alcohol it s not from inside the house.One weekend, a classmate of Kirsty s, Dylan drops round, he gets there just before Ian arrives and is caught up in the confusion and panic He stands just outside the living room and is witness to Ian s behaviour and is shocked by it He can t get the family s distress out of his mind and immediately wants to help them Sounds like an ok guy, right Yeah, not for long.Kirsty and Tim have lots of reasons why they cannot do anything about Ian If they lock the doors in the hope that he will just leave Melanie on the doorstep, he won t drop her off They can t ask anyone to be at the house because he drops Melanie off during the afternoon, but they never know when exactly Ian s brother is a cop and together they have spread rumours that Mrs Beale made it all up and is an unreliable witness So Tim and Dylan come up with a plan to kill Ian, sure it s their only option.At first I thought this would be a bit like Heathers, a black, satirical look at what would happen if you took this problem into your own hands But it s not, it just creepy and horrid.Dylan has a possum in his roof, his grandad lends him a cage in which he traps the possum His grandfather comes over to help find the hole in the roof so they can patch it and suggests waiting until dark to release the possum But Dylan has an idea in his stupid head He brings Tim over one afternoon They re gettingserious about their plan to murder Ian, and he wants Tim to do some damage to an old mannequin in their garage, to see if he can do it Tim does but Dylan suggests it s not enough and attempts to bully Tim into killing the possum.I was listening to this as I drove home and when this scene started, from the moment I realised where this was going, I felt sick Thankfully Tim can t do it, and I was relieved Killing an innocent animal in cold blood has nothing to do with killing a man who has abused you, your mother and your sister, especially if you do it hot blooded These two actions are not related and the first will not prove the other.I thought it was over, but no, Dylan has major issues He s mad because his father left before he was one year old and now has a new family in England He takes some advice from his grandfather, twists it to suit his intentions, and then he kills the possum.The scenes involving the boys and the possum weren t even believable, it turns out the possum is a brushtail, the biggest ones we have here, and they can be really aggressive when caught As a former vet nurse, I do not believe that two boys were able to handle the possum the way they did.I won t go into details because unlike the author I do not want to give people ideas Things like this happen all the time Yesterday, I read about 4 different incidents in which people had violently killed Australian native animals, just like Dylan and the possum It really did not need to happen, he could have justified his ability to kill Ian another way, and he doesn t even end up killing Ian, he freaks out and can t do it So the whole scene was useless and sickening.I m not a fan of the idea for having a system of ratings for books, like we have for movies, because I do think kids are smart enough to read a book and be able to distance themselves from it, or realise it s a bit too old for them, or that they shouldn t copy what happens in a book, but I do think there are some topics that should not be written about, and especially not justified this includes rape, and animal cruelty.The ending is messy the boys steal Ian s gun and Tim hides it at his house Ian shows up when he realises it s been stolen He tries to kill Tim but ends up shooting Kirsty and then himself Tim ends up in hospital and then a psych ward and Dylan gets away with playing his part, the cops even think he s a good guy because they assume he and Tim were stealing the gun so Ian couldn t use it, not because they had plans to kill him Dylan never speaks up and the book ends there.At the beginning I wanted to hold this up as a book that fans of Beautiful Disaster should read because Ian is a horrible person, and this could easily be Travis future But then this book turned out to be awful and now I just hope that no one else reads it I ve read another 2 of the author s books but I won t be reading any


  2. L.E. Truscott L.E. Truscott says:

    I was in the middle of reading another book a long, dense, important but mentally draining book and decided to take a break and read Kill the Possum, knowing it would be a shorter read, something I could get through quickly But if I was hoping for an easy read, I was sorely disappointed This was a hard book to read Not because of the writing but because of the story This is every blended family teenager s worst nightmare.Dylan Kane is fifteen and has a crush on Kirsty Beal They ve been I was in the middle of reading another book a long, dense, important but mentally draining book and decided to take a break and read Kill the Possum, knowing it would be a shorter read, something I could get through quickly But if I was hoping for an easy read, I was sorely disappointed This was a hard book to read Not because of the writing but because of the story This is every blended family teenager s worst nightmare.Dylan Kane is fifteen and has a crush on Kirsty Beal They ve been on a few dates and he d like a fewSo one Sunday afternoon he decides to drop in on her unexpectedly But he couldn t have chosen a worse time Sunday afternoons are when Kirsty s ex stepfather, Ian, drops her half sister, Melanie, home from her weekend access visit And while he s there, Ian terrorises the Beals, including Kirsty s little brother, Tim, and her mother, Ian s former wife.The abuse has been going on for years physical, emotional, sexual and Ian gets away with it thanks to his powerful policeman brother and his twist everything you say in court lawyer Tim, barely even a teenager, drinks to cope with it all His mother takes sedatives And Kirsty tries to stay strong, hoping that one day it will simply all end and Ian will get tired of his power games.But theDylan sees, thehe wants to help So he and Tim come up with a plan to steal Ian s rifle and shoot him in his bed while he sleeps But killing a man is difficult, morally at least When Tim insists he be the one to kill Ian, Dylan tells him to practise by killing a possum he s trapped But Tim can t How can they kill a man, Dylan reasons, if they can t even bring themselves to kill a possum Kill the Possum is a young adult book but it s not for children or even younger teenagers If I found it hard to read in my late thirties, I can only imagine how disturbing it might be for young minds still getting a grasp on right and wrong, especially those going through similar situations themselves.The book is simple and at the same time powerful, intense, moving and with a shock ending that I didn t see coming I feel like I really should have seen it coming but I didn t and that s a credit to the author There are quite a few typos, spelling and grammar issues that should have been picked up during the editing process and weren t and that s a discredit to the editor Considering the book is meant for a younger audience, I would have hoped that a focus on these things was paramount as an example Pretty unusual for a book from a publishing company as reputable as Penguin But there s not too much else wrong with it.The book is also a commentary on parenting, particularly fatherhood Kirsty s real and much beloved father died a decade ago Dylan s father walked out on him and his mother before his first birthday and hasn t seen him since then Dylan hates his father with a passion for his absence, his irresponsibility, and particularly the fact that he has a new wife and three other children now But is Dylan s father s crime as bad as the one that Ian is perpetrating on the Beals Wasn t he supposed to be their father figure Isn t he failing on a much grander scale by staying in their lives and making them perpetually afraid Read this book but be prepared This isn t a fairy tale or a morality tale or a fond look back at the innocence of youth It s gritty realism And there is no happy ending But there s an honest ending, one that will stay with the reader forever


  3. Katherine Katherine says:

    RATING 3 Out Of 5


  4. Grace Backler Grace Backler says:

    The first time I read this book was in late primary school and was one of the first literary insights I had into domestic abuse at a time when my best friend was being abused by her father The first time I read this, I did a lot of crying throughout the book This time, I didn t cry until the very end A book that explores the naivety of those who are fortunate enough to not live in an abusive world, Kill the Possum will break your heart at the same time that it gives you hope that the cycle of The first time I read this book was in late primary school and was one of the first literary insights I had into domestic abuse at a time when my best friend was being abused by her father The first time I read this, I did a lot of crying throughout the book This time, I didn t cry until the very end A book that explores the naivety of those who are fortunate enough to not live in an abusive world, Kill the Possum will break your heart at the same time that it gives you hope that the cycle of domestic violence within families will end The ending of this book is one you will never forget


  5. Crystal Crystal says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The inner turmoil of each character was so incredibly vivid The curiosity that it bloomed in you made you read page after pager to uncover whether the tormented teenage boys would actually murder the abusing Ex husband of the Beals It was emotionally powerful and challenged the arguments and mindsets of the people who think the world is black and white, right and wrong and not permeated with grey.


  6. Anica Anica says:

    Haunting and eye opening.


  7. Lana Lana says:

    Honestly nothing has ever triggered me as much as this book did


  8. Ella Ella says:

    The book Kill the Possum by James Moloney was definitely a worthwhile read It left an impression on me because it showed the reality of the character s lives and domestic violence, and the impact it has on people involved emotionally and physically Written from an adolescent perspective of what is happening to them and the struggle their family goes through, it would be ideal from mid to late adolescence to adult readers.My first impression reading the book, I had a fairly good idea of what it The book Kill the Possum by James Moloney was definitely a worthwhile read It left an impression on me because it showed the reality of the character s lives and domestic violence, and the impact it has on people involved emotionally and physically Written from an adolescent perspective of what is happening to them and the struggle their family goes through, it would be ideal from mid to late adolescence to adult readers.My first impression reading the book, I had a fairly good idea of what it was about and what sort of genre it was The blurb and the cover defiantly hinted to the violence and the torment that would be happening Some parts in the book even though I knew that something similar was bound to happen, the images were still confronting and very blunt, which were done for effect, but nonetheless take time to process the horror of the situation.This book was so interesting and full of details, though at the same time left many questions about the characters for the imagination of the reader, such as feelings and actions The themes impacted me just as much as the plot and possiblybecause they were something that can t be one answer and a dilemma that I still can t decide a strong opinion on It is a very serious book and any reader should know that the events and characters are confronting and meant to spark deep thoughts.The characters were interesting, well built and believable and by the end of the book each action they would take seemed special and fit with them perfectly, from the capturing of the possum to the reaction of the Fourth Sunday If anything were to be unbelievable it would have been the time frame of which these events were happening, which did seem slightly rushed but overall were defiantly possible Reaching the end of the book I was hoping there would beand didn t want it to end I wanted to learnabout the characters and their lives, after this abuse stopped Reading the last chapter though, it seemed that the book had ended at such a definite and perfect place, leaving the reader thinking still after finishing it, that I could image if it continued that would have spoiled the effect The author was consistently writing great scenes and the plot was outstanding, not dropping at the end of the book but only strengthening The structure of the book was beautiful, with how it showed the chapters and sub headings inside the chapter, sparked interest for me They were plain and simple which was intriguing since there wasn t anything ordinary about the story, especially the headings for the big segments in the book which created a feeling of a daunting finish to the novel.This book was fantastic and made me question the plot, characters and my morals I absolutely loved this creation of James Moloney and was moved by its blunt and original concepts and it is truly a great read when looking for a serious and thought provoking story It was a powerful read and felt as if it were carefully planned and left a strong meaning behind


  9. Komal Komal says:

    I decided to read this book because another student in my class recommended it This novel is a very dramatic, tension filled and hopeless type of novel which is why I only rated it three stars Iminto thrillers not sad and soppy things Anyway, a character that stood out for me in this novel was Ian Cartwright He is a preposterous man, I couldn t stand reading about him and to be quite honest I m glad his fate in the story ended up how it did Ian came off as a nice and charming gentle I decided to read this book because another student in my class recommended it This novel is a very dramatic, tension filled and hopeless type of novel which is why I only rated it three stars Iminto thrillers not sad and soppy things Anyway, a character that stood out for me in this novel was Ian Cartwright He is a preposterous man, I couldn t stand reading about him and to be quite honest I m glad his fate in the story ended up how it did Ian came off as a nice and charming gentleman to the eye of the public but as soon as he was around the Beal family that act was gone and the monster came out He really did make me angry in the novel as a good novel does though Kirsty Beal sits on the edge of the bed, leaning over Mrs Beal It s all right, Mum, he s gone now This quote from the book is interesting because it tells us of how Kirsty who is a teenager girl has to help and support her mum for strength mentally and physically This is because of how hurt and depressed Ian Cartwright makes her feel She is scared of him.This book made me think deeply of speaking out It is never okay to just sit back and watch something horrible happen especially to people who you care about I recommend this book for all highschool kids, it has an awesome message and a little bit of hidden reality that shouldn t be kept a secret


  10. Jen Jen says:

    Kill the possum is James Moloney at his best I listened to the hear a book version of this CBC nominated book and was gripped immediately by the drama and impending terror of the story The Beal family, mother, Tim and Kirsty are threatened by their ex stepfather, Ian, who is an intimidating and violent man, who dominates his estranged wife and her children in the most horrific ways possible He uses his psychological threats to cause trauma for the mother, reduces Tim to a stuttering wreck and Kill the possum is James Moloney at his best I listened to the hear a book version of this CBC nominated book and was gripped immediately by the drama and impending terror of the story The Beal family, mother, Tim and Kirsty are threatened by their ex stepfather, Ian, who is an intimidating and violent man, who dominates his estranged wife and her children in the most horrific ways possible He uses his psychological threats to cause trauma for the mother, reduces Tim to a stuttering wreck and Kirsty to a feaful teenager who has already been the target of his sexual predations Kirsty s new boyfriend, Dylan, is aghast at the situation that occurs every 2 weeks, when Ian returns his daughter, Melanie, to the Beals after an access visit The whole family suffer every second Sunday from his tormenting violence, but are unable to escape because of the legal situation in which they are placed The only solution seems to be for Dylan, with Tim s help, to kill Ian and end the misery Of course, plans go awry, and their plot is uncovered, but not before lasting damage is done to the Beal family and to Dylan The suspense builds toward a surprise ending A dark novel, gripping and terrible