Stanly Bird wakes up on his 16th Birthday with superpowers, a surprising but welcome fact he shares with his best friend, his talking beagle Daryl. Before too long though, Daryl’s secret is in danger of getting out and he has to leave his small Welsh town and head to London. In London Stanly learns more about his abilities, and learns he’s not the only special one around.
This is one of the most original and funny books I’ve read in a while. Stanly is immensely entertaining with such a clear and distinct voice that it’s hard not to become best friends with him.
Stanly has a quiet confidence when it comes to the things that really matter to him, but he has an almost constant internal dialogue of insecurity. Mostly he seems worried about doing the wrong thing and making an arse out of himself, a trait we can all identify with. He is passionate, loyal, and hyperactive, all in the body of a cynical teenager.
Stefan Mohamed managed, with just one book, and one amazing character and his talking beagle, to muscle his way into my list of favourite authors with his flawless, witty, insightful, brilliant writing. If you haven’t read Bitter Sixteen yet, why not?