The Evolution of Ethan Poe
In the space of a few months, sixteen-year-old Ethan Poe's life has become a complicated mix of facts, theories, and hypotheses. Things he knows beyond doubt: his parents are divorcing, his older brother Kyle is exhibiting alarming behavior, and his best friend is turning into a spiritual fanatic. Then there are the shifting uncertainties, including his feelings toward his...more
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Ethan's also "gone goth" par...more
Written to read like an autobiography of the main character, teen-aged Ethan, the events take place during one school year, adding to the feeling of "too much". No one would have this much stuff happen to him in one year and come out of it...more
This book had more than a couple moments of sexual activities. Do not tell my mother! ...Oh that's right, she's in my friends list. Hi mum! *Waves with nervous laughter*
I purchased this book after reading the description, which is the following:
In the space of a few months, sixteen-year-old Ethan Poe's life has become a complicated mix of facts, theories and hypotheses. Things he knows beyond doubt; his parents are divorcing, his older brother...more
And I'm not afraid to admit that. :)
Reading this book - as it usually happens with Robin Reardon's works - gives me a lot of things to think about. I loved her first book, A Secret Edge, not only because it was a very well-rounded book that entertained and also roused my thought processes, it also has an Indian guy as one of the two main characters. Afterwards, I read Thinking Straight. This one, for me, is also a good book... but there...more
I guess my biggest complaint (if it really is that strong of a complaint) is that most of the christian characters are all so extreme... like there is very little middle ground, it finally works out that way, where they finally calm a bit, but the book didn't show any extreme pagans, or extreme atheists/agnostics... I feel like that would have been a better cross-sectional r...more
This was almost a five star read for me, despite some of the faults I was willing to overlook for what was an enjoyable book which tackled some big issues and didn't result to easy solutions.
Ethan Poe is gay, has a boyfriend that is too scared to acknowledge him in public, his parents have just separated, his brother is convinced that his hand may be possessed by a demon (although bizarre, a real-life disease), and a best friend who thinks he can get rid of the gay if he lets Jesus into...more
Sixteen-year-old Ethan from Maine is a distant, far-removed relative of the legendary author, Ed...more
The major problem I had with this nook was that it never felt like Ethan, Jorja, Kyle and Max were real teeanagers... They just felt like how someone older would imagine them to be and it took me out of the story a lot to make excuse for why they seemed to be acting and --in Ethan's case--thinking at points like 30 somethings.
It makes me sad because I enjoyed what the story was trying to do.
The plot tries to fuse coming out, first love, intellgence design, bod...more
I the first and second stories are the main part in the beginning, so I'll talk about them first. The second one, I think that there is a bit too much, "Get in the back of a car an...more
Reardon based this book on the debate in Dover, PA about Intelligent Design, and sensationalized it. From what I remember of the debate that occurred only a few counties away from my hometown, there was a good deal of verbal confrontation and editorials in the paper, but not physical violence. In her book, Reardon portrays supporters...more
Even though the core of this book is Intelligent Design being taught in the classroom, the story hasn't been forced to make a story around this. Instead, it's a coming of age romance against a backdrop of religious nuttiness.
You connect to the characters and get carried on their e...more
The religious aspects of the book's storyline annoyed me along with the scenes with Etta. I did enjoy Ethan. I would have liked for the book to have concentrated more on him. I was often bored when reading and found myself pushing on to get to the good parts which didn't come unfortunately.
|The guy on the cover.||2||10||Apr 23, 2012 08:39PM|
|YA LGBT Books: Rainbow YA awards||2||24||Dec 08, 2011 05:54PM|
|The Evolution/Intelligent Design debate||2||5||Oct 21, 2011 05:40AM|
|Outliers||1||4||Oct 20, 2011 09:58AM|
|Can you remain friends with someone who disapproves of you?||1||4||Oct 20, 2011 06:34AM|