Twenty Questions For Gloria by MARTYN BEDFORDTwenty Questions For Gloria by MARTYN BEDFORD

Twenty Questions For Gloria


Hardcover | April 12, 2016

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Two went on the run. One came back.

The day Gloria first met Uman Padeem her life changed. He was the new kid in school with a mysterious past, confidence and charisma, but what attracts Gloria most is the way he sees her deep longing to escape her humdrum life. And so they do. When Gloria returns, she sits with her mother facing a detective. Uman has disappeared; they must find him. As she retells their story, Gloria begins to wonder if it was Uman that took her away, or if she had started to disappear much, much earlier . . . With each question, the mystery surrounding Gloria's disappearance deepens.

MARTYN BEDFORD's first novel for young adults, Flip, won multiple awards in Britain and has been translated into six languages. He has also written five novels for adults, including The Houdini Girl. A former journalist, he teaches creative writing at Leeds Trinity University. Martyn lives in West Yorkshire, England, with his wife and ...
Title:Twenty Questions For GloriaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.7 × 1 inPublished:April 12, 2016Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385685211

ISBN - 13:9780385685214


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book! This was the first book I ever read and finished in 10th grade. It's been forever since I've read this but to this day I still rate this book 7-8/10! I would totally recommend.
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's great! Woof. It has been a real long time since I finished this one (way before BEA even), and I'm just writing this review now! This actually tells me how much of a review-procrastinator I am. But please, trust me, I am not like this in reality. In fact, I do call myself the most organized person I know. A little too arrogant, do you not agree? Anyway, I apologize for my babbling. No excuses, Michelle! *bangs head against a table* Twenty Questions for Gloria by Martyn Bedford is a psychological thriller/mystery/whatever you would like to call it that you absolutely need to keep. You need to keep loving it, reading it and devouring it because I promise you, it's so great. I have heard some things about Bedford's writing, and it's been pretty positive for the most part. After receiving this pretty in the mail one day and adding it to my TBR, I realized that I do have another book of Martyn's on my list: Never Ending. Now that one looks good. Gloria's story is enriching with so many aspects that more mysteries need to take into consideration. Over here, Gloria's story is told from the perspective of her in the police station, getting interviewed by the detective. Her mother is there and Gloria is retelling the story. We get to hear her vivid thoughts and everything that's going on around her and what actually happened. Sure, we could read the news and just make assumptions on everything, but the real truth comes out when the victim speaks. What I liked about this one was that Bedford took a different approach to your typical thriller slash mystery. This time around, we have a victim who actually wanted to go on this journey, set sail for a new life from her regular life in her small England town. She takes off with the new guy from her school, who she is immediately attracted to. No, this is not your instant-love woods story. This book is written for the people who were close to getting lost in their minds, trying to head on adventures. It's for people like Gloria, who just need a break from ordinary chaos and who just need to swim in their own thoughts. For me, I truly feel that when I am on vacation, or when reading a good book with no distractions around me. That's greatness. I was immediately drawn to Uman, just like Gloria was, but in a freakish way where I suspected the worst from him. I did not like his background story, or his reason for anything. This just seemed completely unbelievable. I couldn't believe that story where the guy just shows up out of nowhere and picks her. Her is the girl who just tries to make it seem that she's nobody special, that she's ordinary. At the same time, I believe that every character/person has something special in them that makes them stand out, but it's just weird how the whole Uman thing came together. This mostly was a non-romance story, but you could feel the lust. Anyway, I will not really comment on that factor, but it was interesting to read about, coming from the perspective of a teenage girl who had not really experienced much in the "taking risks" category, just like myself. Gloria was easy to relate to, and it seemed that I would have done much of the same that she did, but at the same time, she had her dumb moments. Her bad decision-making that just made me cry out loud, "WHY?" Like, why not call your parents? Why believe this guy? I would never have put my shoes in her situation first of all. And when I look at this book from a bird's eye view, I see that it was pretty entertaining. Sure, boring moments occurred, but this is just a quick read that anyone could devour in a sitting or two. I finished it in two, and was extremely satisfied with the pacing and how everything turned out.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the cover tagline 3.5 Twenty Questions for Gloria is the new YA read from Martyn Bedford. Fifteen year old Gloria is drawn to Uman, a newcomer at her school. He's unlike the other boys, in both manner and mind. He sees through her 'perfect' life to the boredom that simmers below the surface. And it is that boredom that has her rashly accepting his offer to go on an 'adventure'. And here's where the great tag line on the cover comes in to play...."Two go missing - one comes back." It is Gloria who returns. What happened? Gloria's family and friends, the reader - and the police want to know. The answers are to be found in the twenty questions of the police interview. I thought this way of telling Gloria's story was unique. Each question reveals a little more and we slowly learn the truth. But we are also privy to Gloria's thoughts - and some of the things she decides to keep private. There is the mystery of what happened of course, but the thrust of the book is an exploration of young love, self examination and an emotional snapshot of teen life, angst, hopes and dreams. I too, was drawn to Uman - Bedford has created an unusual, intriguing protagonist. His dialogue is witty, his actions - although somewhat rash - are true to his own self. His background is sad, but for me he has a resilience that is innate. So, for this reader, it was Gloria's slow self realization that I became invested in. With each question and answer, we see how her awareness grew over the time away. When I was young, I was offered a chance to go on an 'adventure' as well. I said no, but after reading the book I wondered - what if I'd said yes? The ending was just right - and what I had hoped for.
Date published: 2016-04-30

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR Never Ending:"The characters and the scenery are rendered with such photographic precision that readers will feel as though they're watching a film." --Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews"Bedford skillfully pushes and pulls at the reader's emotions while carefully revealing the details of the backstory and the aftermath. . . . Hand this compelling novel to readers who thrive on complex narratives." --Starred Review, BooklistPRAISE FOR Flip:"What is a soul? Where does it go when its human host ceases to function? Bedford adeptly . . . tackles these heavy questions as the tension soars." --Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews"Flip is captivating from beginning to end, with rich characters and a fascinating mystery. The story is also superbly written and brings out many themes that will leave you pondering when you're done. Highly recommended." --James Dashner, bestselling author of The Maze Runner