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The Disconnect

The Disconnect

by Keren David

ISBN: 9781781128558

Could you last six whole weeks without your phone? Six weeks without sharing photos, without group messages, without being kept in the social-media loop? An eccentric entrepreneur has challenged Esther's year group to do just that, and the winners will walk away with £1000. For Esther, whose dad, sister and baby nephew live thousands of miles away in New York, the prize might be her only chance to afford flights for a visit - but can she really stay disconnected for long enough to win?


Andreea - Outwood Academy Kirkby - 2020

The book was boring and uninteresting.

Alishbah - Bulwell Academy - 2020

Very interesting and unique book . I had mixed emotions throughout the book and would recommend it . However , the book was very short . If it were to have more pages and be more detailed I would recommend it to anyone. I like the concept and overall feel good about it .

Maya - Bulwell Academy - 2020

The idea and style in which this book is written intrigues the reader and makes them leave wanting more. I think that the way the author wrote (as a teenage girl) was really convincing and it made you feel as though you were actually in the book. On top of that, the ups and downs of the book reminded me of the ups and downs of life, and that challenges come and go. Overall, I would definitely recommend this read.

Holly - Bulwell Academy - 2020

Amazing book with lots of unexpected twists as well as new friendships forming. A great book to read in your spare time.

Evie - Ashfield School - 2020

I really enjoyed this book, I really got into it once I got started. Esther was my favourite character. Hope other people will get this and read it. I recommend to everyone.

Leah - Ashfield School - 2020

I really enjoyed this book; once I started reading it, I found it quite hard to stop! The book was very well written, and it made me feel really sorry for Esther, the main character because she was trying really hard to win the money so she could go and see her family in America. A great book that I would definitely recommend to others!

Erin - White Hills Park Federation - 2020

When I read The Disconnect I was eager to see what might happen and you don't really expect what does happen. It was funny to see what people do when they don't have their phones. I would really recommend this book to anyone. I liked all of the characters in this book.

Eve - Outwood Academy Kirkby - 2020

Ruth - White Hills Park Federation - 2020

I really enjoyed this book because it was on a subject that I think we can all relate to at times. I loved the concept of coping without a phone and would recommend to anyone!

Olivia - Bulwell Academy - 2020

The disconnect teaches you a valuable life lesson,about social media and how it isn't the most important thing in the world. It inspired me and my friends to pay more attention to the world around us and not just stare at screens all day.

Riyaa - Nottingham Girls High School - 2020

A really realistic book and very empowering at the same time it is about a girl who tries to give up her phone in order to win £1000.

Angela - Nottingham Girls High School - 2020

The disconnect was very realistic and made you think about if you could do the challenge. I really enjoyed it and it was a very entertaining book.

Grace - Nottingham Girls High School - 2020

This book was unputdownable, even though it wasn't really my type. In my opinion, it is a very good book for phone addicts because it can inspire them. I think the idea of a family in different countries is good. I especially liked the ending!

Felicity - Nottingham Girls High School - 2020

What I thought about The Disconnect was that it was a bit simple. If possible, I would like to have seen the author use harder words

Lily - Outwood Academy Kirkby - 2020

I thought that the disconnect was a good book to read and I loved how the plot thickened when River and Esther found out that Dame Irene was using the participants. I also loved the ending when Rosa Zach and Dad came to London instead of Esther going to New York to see them

Max - Carlton Le Willows Academy - 2020

A good idea for a story. We thought about how we would manage without our phones. Felt a bit upset with part of the ending. It seemed unfair.

Erin - Ashfield School - 2020

The book was a bit boring a predictable. I felt that it was a little too stereotypical where the characters were concerned. However, the ending was a nice surprise and was quite sweet.

Isabelle - Rushcliffe Spencer Academy - 2020

It was the first Brilliant Book Award book I read and I think it was amazing. I recommend it to an older age range of kids because this book contains swearing.

Chloe - Rushcliffe Spencer Academy - 2020

I really liked this book as it had many different twists and turns throughout the story. I highly recommend it.

Maya - Nottingham Girls High School - 2020

I approved of the story and thought it was well thought out However, I think that there should have been more action and suspense and drama in the ending. I like all the characters except Natalie’s which I thought was unusual and overly bossy. I think that is an inspiring story for phone addicts but needed a more dramatic finish.

Jessica - Carlton Le Willows Academy - 2020

It was a perfect length to read. I really liked the whole concept of the story, because now-a-days a lot of people are glued to their phone on social media and other things like that, so to see if a year of year 11's students could give up their phones for six weeks was very interesting. I like how the author added drama into the story by Natalie and her boyfriend doing something against the rules, because it put Esther in charge to decide if she was going to tell on them or leave it. I was very surprised at the end because I thought, Esther didn't cheat but she didn't get her reward so I was a little confused. Overall I really enjoyed the book, it was very entertaining to read.

Ruby - Carlton Le Willows Academy - 2020

i loved how this book was full of twists and turns to keep it interesting. The concept of the book was very true to people's views and secondary school and was accented perfectly. This is a great book for teens or preteens who want a cool new book to read. overall a great book. thumbs up from me!

Tyler - Outwood Academy Kirkby - 2020

I feel like the book was fairly short, and started off quite slow. The story line for the book was a great one, however I believe it could have been done better. Other than that, the book was quite amusing, but I could estimate what would happen by the end. Overall, it was a good book.

Amiah - National Church of England Academy - 2020

The plot wasn't that interesting and I feel like the reactions to the situations were dramatic. I recommend this book for a younger audience as it wasn't that eventful. the story was an easy read.

Rhianna - National Church of England Academy - 2020

I enjoyed Disconnect because she did the 6 weeks with no phone but she didn't get the prize

Rhoda - National Church of England Academy - 2020

Charlotte - National Church of England Academy - 2020

I given this book 4 stars out of 5. This is because I felt as though it was more exciting than some of the other books. My favourite part was when they agreed to the challenge because it changed how they all acted towards each other.