Category: Family

We the Animals by Justin Torres

Justin Torres’ We the Animals is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age novella about a young boy and his two brothers, growing up mixed-race (their father is Puerto Rican and their mother is Caucasian) in New York. Though the book is rather short, at just under 130…

The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan

Jack is fifteen. He lives with his parents and three siblings, one older sister (Julie), a younger sister (Sue) and younger brother (Tom). The family seems relatively typical, at first, but the children all turn out to have their bizarre, disturbing quirks, which manifest…

The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd

Plot/Story: Dade Hamilton is an eighteen-year-old high school graduate. He is spending his summer working at Food World, avoiding his parents, making new friends, and keeping a secret he plans to take with him to college: he is gay. Dade becomes estranged from his…

Thoughts: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan Final Verdict: 4.0 out of 4.0 YTD:  51 When you look at the cover for Two Boys Kissing, you get a pretty good idea of what this book will be about.  Then you read the synopsis on the…

Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe By Benjamin Alire Sáenz Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 39       Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful. I was introduced to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets…

Review: That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo

That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 52 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting and believable. That Old Cape Magic might be one of my favorite reads of the year.  The main character, Jack Griffin, is the son…

Review: These Things Happen by Richard Kramer

These Things Happen by Richard Kramer Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 53 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful (socially, academically, etc.) These Things Happen opens with the main character, Wesley, and his best friend, Theo.  Both of these young men,…

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