Becoming aware of the simple truths demonstrated in this book can help awaken you to the joy of co-creation and the reality of your true identity. The illusion of separateness leads to selfishness and suffering. But becoming conscious of the reality of oneness leads to the selfless desire to end all suffering and create universal wellbeing. When we realise separateness is an illusion we understand that conflict is never between us and them, but always us against us. This realisation has huge implications. Growing to adulthood, Sal is just starting to realize the sacrifices the man has made for him.
He loves Vincente all the more for his devotion and selflessness, but there is that guilt popping up again. And when Vincente's former boyfriend suddenly returns to their lives, Sal has a new source of anger and mistrust. Does he have to defend his father, too? And what about Fito? The more Sal learns about his troubled friend, the more he admires Fito's own attempts to make something of his life.
Thrown out of his house when his family discovers he is gay, he, too, becomes a member of Vincente's extended family, adding his pain and his love to the mix. Finally, and the backdrop for all this drama, is Mima, Sal's dying grandmother. The most loving woman he knows, Sal realizes Mima has much left to share, but Sal fears there will never be enough time left to learn it all. As is true in life, the troubles to float in and out of these characters' lives in Saenz' rich prose. The book is staunchly realistic even as the prose itself is beautifully romantic.
Those looking for a pat novel about a teenager obsessed with overcoming a single conflict in pages need not look here. Instead, what Saenz has created is a book, perhaps, for someone who has endured enough troubles, thank you, and needs to be reassured, reminded that there is beauty to be found in every life.
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We can find hat beauty, Saenz reminds us, in our relationships. I can think of few books that can do this as well as Saenz does here. This is his love letter to the world, and to himself. Just read the book! King It's not a secret that I love A. King's novels. They reward thinkers--people who don't simply skate through life accepting society's rules and regulations, and people who understand suffering and try their best to come to grips with it. This one goes into her back catalogue, and boy is the journey worth it. One of the few King books with a male protagonist, this is also one of her most easily accessible.
It's easy to fall in love with Lucky Linderman. Bullied ruthlessly at the town pool, learning to deal with new feelings for some of the girls in his life, feeling so utterly alone, Lucky is enduring what every boy has experienced at one point or another. Only he's experiencing it all at once. King brings her brand of magic realism to this party, too: in Lucky's dreams he visits his grandfather, long missing in Vietnam, and brings items back with him when he awakes.
He's trying to save his grandfather, and in doing so also attempts to save his own powerless father, and finally himself. When his mother brings him across the country to her brother's family, Lucky learns the valuable lesson that he's not the only one who's screwed up, and that's the most important lesson of all. I have always said that A.
King's characters are, like real girls, deeper, more complex, more thoughtful and more complicated than most writers limn them as being. But that's only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. She meets versions of herself on the bus at various moments in her life, and has the chance to communicate with each of them, to ask questions, find answers. Like her protagonist Sarah, A. King tells the truth carafully. Sarah repeats in some form, "I am a human being.
I am sixteen years old. That should be enough. But for her and so many other teenagers, it isn't.
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Secrets of older brothers who go away and do not return. Secrets of parents who despise each other. Secrets of classmates who steal what's most precious to her. Secrets of teachers who Sarah spies kissing one of her teenage friends. The most I can tell you about this book is: this is nothing like the world you know, and everything like the world you know.
Their school is immersed in relentless standardized multiple-choice testing; bomb- and shooting-threats take place regularly, and may be the work of any or all of the above; and a mysterious man in the bushes sells letters and lemonade to teenagers for a fee with and without drugs. For those who want something less powerful, less literary or less intimate, it is not. It is, however, another game-changer from King on the YA scene. That's why I contend King's girls are more real than most characters in contemporary YA--or at least should be. There's such substance to them; it's hard to come to grips when you're done reading King's work that Vera Dietz isn't actually out there in Pennsylvania still delivering pizzas.
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She is, isn't she? In this case, Vera's crisis is due in large part to her best friend's betrayal of her no spoiler alert here. Vera has been falling in love with Charlie through the years. But Charlie Kahn has had more than his share of issues growing up.
Still, he has always had Vera to rely on as best friend and soulmate. Until high school, that is. Like so many teens, Charlie's homelife catches up to him and leads him to doubting everything about himself—including Vera. Why should someone as wonderful as her care about someone as damaged as he is? So, what is a boy to do, if not self-destruct and push Vera away… so far and so completely that she has no choice but to abandon him? Yes, it's easy to use the word heartbreaking in book reviews, but heartbreaking is when characters don't simply suffer from a stroke of luck or a single bad occurrence.
Heartbreaking is a fully fleshed out set of lives that intersect, weave together, and touch each other but not enough to save each other. Heartbreaking is when one of those characters is left alone to pick up the pieces and reconstruct her life anew.
King's characters don't avoid loss at the last minute… as in life, they suffer loss and must learn to go on, forever damaged but forever strengthened. Rats and Pigman! A fast-moving narrative about—well, rats. Not the nice ones, either. The ones that eat everything, including humans. Throughout the gore, Michael and his sister Sarah struggle to barely escape being dinner. Highly illogical Behavior a Boy Book of the Month award-winner. That plan involves finding Solomon Reed, the boy who went crazy one day several years ago, took his clothes off and jumped into the school fountain.
Once she finds him, Lisa's going to "fix" him and write an essay about her genius methodology. That should easily earn her collegiate placement. If she sounds like the kind of girl most boys can't stand because of her hubris, self-assuredness and manipulative nature, she is. And most boys will immediate dislike Lisa.
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But that's alright, because Solomon is half of this narrative, as well. Sensitive, thoughtful, kind and damaged, he's someone everyone likes to root for. On the one hand, the reader knows exactly where this is going: Solomon will be as much the teacher as the student, and Lisa will be forced to confront her own highly illogical behavior.
The dilemma the reader faces, however, is how to root for Solomon to overcome his fears while hoping at the same time that Lisa gets her comeuppance. When she brings her boyfriend into the mix and inadvertently causes a love triangle, that conflict is heightened. What do we want to happen, after all? And in doing so, are we not as guilty as Lisa for wanting to manipulate her world at the cost of people's lives?
What John Corey Whaley does so well, however, is navigate the unlikelinesses in his fiction and make them flow like reality.
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After all, this is a man who wrote a magnificent novel about a boy who has a head transplant and none of it was ironic, cheeky or funny. Whaley's writing is so smooth, so compelling, so easy that the reader willingly accepts every unique situation Whaley presents. Simply put, what he understands as well as any YA writer alive, is the psyche of the 21st century teenage boy. As such, his books have an uncanny ability to stay with you long after you've read them. Thanks for the Trouble a Boy Book of the Month award-winner.
Successful writers of young adult books are usually successful for one reason above all others: voice. With Thanks for the Trouble, his publishers have recognized a chance for readers to find communion and have released a box set perfectly titled Less Alone in the World. Wallach is a Romantic in the literary sense: someone who understands the loneliness of the human condition.
Even as his characters find communion with each other, such unity is temporary. They have insightful conversations at almost every turn and find something in common with most of their peers at one point or another. Yes, he lost his father in a car accident five years ago, a motif readers are tiring of. He lets him be flawed and multi-faceted, someone we sometimes root for and sometimes not.
In this way, Wallach approaches the master of such characterization, Andrew Smith. Parker is a decent guy, but not a nice guy, or vice-versa. One day while scoping out victims in a San Francisco hotel, he meets a girl with silver hair who, he subsequently learns, claims to be his age and goes by the name Zelda.