Dooley Takes the Fall


Author: Norah McClintock

Published: 2007

Genre: Young adult, crime

About Dooley Takes the Fall: Seventeen-year-old Ryan Dooley is suspected of murdering a kid from his troubled past.

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Review of Dooley Takes the Fall

Dooley hasn't had the best life. Drugs and alcohol pretty much sum it up. At least that's what it used to be like. Dooley's changed and he doesn't drink or party or anything of that sort. But then a guy turns up dead, a guy from Dooley's past, and not one with pleasant memories.

Dooley looked down at the kid on the asphalt. With his staring eyes and twisted head and all that blood, the kid looked pretty bad. Dooley could feel himself starting to shake. He'd seen a lot of things, but he'd never seen anything like this. He drew in a deep breath and told himself to get a grip. The kid wasn't a real person anymore. He didn't even look like a real person. He looked more like a wax dummy in a House of Horrors. Dooley wondered what the kid had been thinking on the way down. He knew he should feel sorry for the kid, but the truth was, he didn't. What goes around comes around, he thought.

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Slowly Dooley starts getting the blame for an increasing amount of murders around town. If Dooley really is guilty, then bye bye to his new life.

Dooley is an interesting addition to Norah's growing amount of teens she writes about. This book is quite different from the others. A little more mature with a heavy increase in language. Yet I still really liked it.

Reviewed by KB, age 14, on 25 January 2009.

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“ entertaining novel that will keep readers turning the page for 'just one more chapter' long into the night.”


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Added 16 February 2009.
Updated 25 August 2013.