Some teenagers dream of fame. But for actor Jake, fame is the starting point. The older he gets, the faster his star seems to fade. Now he's in free-fall . . . In Cuckoo, when a young man falls from stardom to homelessness it takes an unlikely angel to save him from disappearing completely.
He's a household name . . . without a home
Jake is an actor, a household name thanks to his role on the UK's most popular soap. But his character went upstairs to his bedroom six months ago and never came down again, and now Jake is facing an uncertain future. Add to that his dad's anger issues, the family's precarious finances and the demands of a severely autistic brother; Jake's home feels like a powder keg waiting to explode. It's easier to spend nights on friends' sofas and futons, but what happens when you feel like a cuckoo in every nest?
CUCKOO is a novel about the roles we play when we don't fit in anywhere, and finding unlikely solace when home is the least welcoming place of all.
A very modern tale of adolescent love and identity ... the humour is good (Keren David is funny on the resemblance of the London Jewish community to the 19th-century aristocracy) and the complexities and confusion of life for teenagers is brought to life well in a novel told from both Kitty and Theo's perspectives. - Telegraph on This Is Not A Love Story
This Is Not A Love Story evokes Amsterdam beautifully - Amanda Craig, New Statesman, 'Best Children's Books of for the Summer' on This Is Not A Love Story
A compassionate examination of race, class and societal expectation - The Financial Times on Salvage
Life-affirming, witty and uplifting... David gets better with every book - Daily Mail on Salvage
Keren David's writing...has heart without being sentimental, is skilfully plotted, and its emotional and moral landscapes are nuanced. ...[Salvage is a] gripping ride. - the Guardian on Salvage
Keren David is a journalist and YA star who has been shortlisted for The Bookseller's YA Book Prize, the UKLA award and the Branford Boase Award, and nominated five times for the Carnegie Prize.
Keren David started out in journalism as a teenage messenger, she trained as a reporter, and then later worked for many national papers before moving to Amsterdam with her family where she studied art history, learned to cycle and failed to learn Dutch. In 2007 she returned to London, and took a creative writing evening class at City University. Her first book, the award-winning When I Was Joe started out as a plot-planning exercise on the course.
Keren is Features Editor for a national newspaper, and a Visiting Lecturer at City University. She is working on a musical adaptation of her book Lia's Guide to Winning the Lottery. Cuckoo is Keren's seventh book.