Sunday, February 02, 2014

Review: Who Framed Klaris Cliff

People used to call them 'friends' and said how they were good for your brain. And then a day came when all that changed . . . when they became our enemy.

Now, anyone found harbouring a rogue imaginary person is in for the Cosh, an operation that fries your imagination and zaps whatever's in there, out of existence.

That's why I wish Klaris Cliff had never shown up. And why I know that proving her innocence is the last hope I have of saving myself.

Author: Nikki Sheehan
Publisher: Oxford University Press Children's
Date of Publication: February 2014
Pages: 256
Source: For review
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I received a free proof of this book from OUP Children's in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review/opinions in any way. Thank you!

Who Framed Klaris Cliff  is about a boy named Joseph who has an imaginary friend, Klaris. But now, imaginary friends are bad; and to get rid of them, they put you through the Cosh, frying every bit of imagination you have.

I found this concept of imaginary friends being bad and evil intriguing and different; I've never read one with a concept like it! Full of clear-cut characters and detailed description, this book had stunning imagery, mystery and a fresh new voice.

There was always description as to what Joseph was doing and feeling, which was incredibly insightful. I found that when we found out he was worried about losing all his memories of his deceased mum, I was actually really emotional for him.

"But, when we got home and stepped inside of the 
house, my certainty trickled away like down a drain..."

"...It flooded warmth through my body, radiating out
through my chest. Klaris was hugging me..."

The only thing I did find was Joseph seemed younger than 13; I'm 13 myself, and though I'm mature, he seemed a lot younger than the level of my peers. However, the book was quick and refreshing, so I didn't mind too much. 
Overall, Who Framed Klaris Cliff was a light read with a unique concept; a stunning, beautiful debut.


  1. I LOVED this book! I completely understand what you said about Joseph sounding younger, but I think it really reflected on his innocence as a character which I think helped us see him develop. And how stunning was that ending? Great review, Charli :D x


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