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Shvoong Home>Books>Novels & Novellas>The Toll Bridge Review

The Toll Bridge

Book Review   by:JohnHenrik     Original Author: Aidan Chambers
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The story take place in present time in the country at a toll bridge. The surroundings is not described with many details, it doesnt even say what the colour of the toll-house is. The main characters are Jan, Adam, Tess and Gill. The book is mostly about Jan who is tired of his parents, teachers and his girlfriend Gill. He decides to take a job in the country as a toll-keeper. There he meets Tess, who is Jans bosses daughter. Adam just shows up from nowhere and invites himself to life in the toll-house with Jan. They are all in the same age and their relationships is a bit complicated. Jan likes Tess, Tess likes Adam, she likes Jan aswell but not in the same way. Adam likes Tess and Gill likes Jan. Some other caracters is Mr Norris and Mrs Norris, Tess´parents, and Jans parents, whos names is not mentioned in the book. The characters are described mostly by their looks and actions, although Jan is mostly described by his feelings and thougts.

What made the strongest impression on me was when I found out who Adam really were, because he was not who he had sad he was. I like the main character beacuse he was the most normal person in the book, the other characters felt so artificial. The story is plausible because some people drop out of school, and finds a job, like Jan did in the book.

I found the story interesting, a bit chidish at times but okay overall. By having read this book I have learned that everyone is not who they appear to be.

Published: February 17, 2010   
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