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Dead Ends

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  1,269 Ratings  ·  203 Reviews
Dane Washington is one suspension away from expulsion. In a high school full of “haves,” being a “have not” makes Dane feel like life is hurtling toward one big dead end. Billy D. spends his high school days in Special Ed and he’s not exactly a “have” himself. The biggest thing Billy’s missing? His dad. Billy is sure the riddles his father left in an atlas are really clues ...more
Hardcover, 1st, 336 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Bloomsbury
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Dec 17, 2013 Theia rated it it was amazing
Edit: Omg it's coming out September 3rd. That's two days before my birthday. :D So I literally just figured out how to add gifs to reviews so if you don't mind me, I'm going to express my emotions through Sherlock gifs

Drew (Drew’s Cup of Tea)
“He’s just an innocent victim.”
“A victim,” I repeated. A queasy feeling seeped into my gut. “Then what am I?”
Seely shook her head as if it was obvious and half smiled. “You’re the bully.”

It's hard to believe that hardly anyone has read this book. It came out in 2013 and barely has over 1,000 ratings on Goodreads. And yet when I picked this up on an impulse, never having heard of the title before, I ended up being so impressed with this marvelous, hidden gem.

Now I'm going to try my best to conv
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Dead Ends is a simple yet wonderful tale about an unlikely friendship between two young boys, both of them social outcasts. Dane is a bully, raised by a very young single mom and angry at the world. He has no idea who his father is, and his mother, although otherwise great, refuses to divulge his identity. Dane takes out his anger on anyone who dares to look at him the wrong way, until Billy D. comes along.

Billy D. has Down syndrome. He is highly functional and pretty healthy, all things conside
Cait (Paper Fury)
That. was. AWESOME.

I get worried when books get compared to famous authors. The cover on DEAD ENDS says "From the novelist being compared to R.J. Palacio and John Green". Um. Those are big shoes to fill, okay?! Why do they do that?? While I think DEAD ENDS is fabulous and I love it to bits...I don't think it tops John-Green-ish-ness.

The alternate title for this book is: Let's Represent the Minorities!
I do love how well the minorities were represented (they get forgotten a lot in books sometim
May 30, 2016 TL rated it really liked it
Recommended to TL by: Drew (Drew’s Cup of Tea)
Shelves: favorites
“He’s just an innocent victim.”
“A victim,” I repeated. A queasy feeling seeped into my gut. “Then what am I?”
Seely shook her head as if it was obvious and half smiled. “You’re the bully.”

“I’d always said that I didn’t hit girls or challenged kids, and what it came to a fight between the two, I didn’t know which side I’d pick – I’d probably just stay out of it. But when it came to anybody versus Billy, there was no question whose side I was on.”

"Now I'll call you Dane, and you won't kick my ass."
Juan Vorágine
Jul 07, 2015 Juan Vorágine rated it really liked it
Cuando irrumpe lo extraordinario nos cuenta la amistad que surge entre Dane, el matón del instituto que ha tenido una vida bastante solitaria y difícil, y tiene que hacer frente a los problemas diarios con su madre, y Billy D., un chico con síndrome de Down que se traslada a vivir cerca de la casa de Dane. Parecen muy distintos, pero pronto se darán cuenta de que tienen ciertas cosas en común. La más llamativa de ellas es que ambos no saben dónde están sus padres, llevan mucho tiempo sin verlos ...more
Aug 03, 2013 Kelly rated it it was ok

Dane's a bully. He has no friends, a long-gone father, and he and his mom live poorly. She's an expert at winning the lotto but she doesn't ever cash in the tickets. She frames them on the wall. But her luck might be running out as her job teaching yoga classes continues to be cut back due to low class participation. Worth noting, too, she had him as a teenager and everything since then has been hard times.

Billy is the new kid in town. He just moved in next to Dane, and on the way to school,
Jul 12, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
In Halbe Helden erzählt Erin Jade Lange von der Freundschaft zweier ganz unterschiedlicher Jungen. Auf dem Heimweg, als er gerade noch dabei ist, einen Jungen zu vermöbeln, fällt Dane Washington plötzlich der Neue an der Schule auf: Billy D., ein Junge mit Down-Syndrom, beobachtet ihn ganz offen dabei, wie er den anderen Typen gerade scheinbar ohne Grund verhaut. Spontan machen die beiden einen Deal aus: Dane passt darauf auf, dass Billy D. nicht mehr gemobbt wird, und dafür muss er nicht mehr ...more
Rachel Lightwood
4.75 stars

This is the perfect book about diversity.

As soon as I finished Rebel Bully Geek Pariah and saw how much my friends had enjoyed this book, I knew I had to pick it up. I’m so damn glad I did. I don’t think there’s much I can say about this book. It made me cry. I laughed out loud. Multiple times. My mum gave me weird looks about it. This book was just so damn realistic. It had the perfect interpersonal relations. I adored Dane and Billy D and Seely. It dealt with serious topics to perfe
Jul 03, 2015 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
An engaging coming-of-age story with a pair of engaging, and unlikely, protagonists. Dane Washington is tough, intelligent and trouble. He's a basically decent kid with a whole load of anger which often comes out with his fists. Consequently, he's skating the edge of expulsion from his school, saved only by his good grades. Although he doesn't see it, he's something of a bully ... albeit with a code: he doesn't hit disabled people or girls. The new boy in his street, Billy D, has Downs Syndrome ...more
Dimity Powell
Nov 26, 2015 Dimity Powell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-lit
Dead Ends took my breath away then forced it back so challengingly I was left gasping for more. Two unlikely characters form an unexpected alliance that quickly deepens into a friendship that is beautiful to behold and heartbreaking to witness as it disintegrates and regenerates. Dane is life weary at 16 and at odds with a heart that feels more than he'd like and a temper that demands all of his attention and energy. Billy D is the catalyst to his self discovery but is struggling with his own ...more
WOW! Everybody go read that book!! It is the best book i read this year and it's absolutly amazing and I love it!

Adding: There is some great character development in this book. Like really great character development!!

And the story is great. It is hard to chatch me, but I couldn't put this book away and I had feelings for the characters and all the feelings you should have while reading a book and this doesn't happen often to me... So just READ IT!!!
Jul 17, 2015 Sarina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jugendbuch, 2015

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So ganz kann Dane sich nicht erklären, wie er da hineingeraten ist: Gerade ging er noch (überwiegend) friedlich und unbescholten zur Schule, jetzt hat er einen Aufpasserjob. Dumm nur, dass Billy D., ein neuer Schüler mit Downsyndrom, nicht will, dass man auf ihn aufpasst – viel lieber ist ihm, wenn Dane ihm beibringt, wie man sich prügelt, oder wenn er ihm hilft, seinen Dad zu finden. Der hat Billy nämlich einen Atlas mit geheimnisvollen Hinweisen hinterlassen, und Billy ist überze
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Dec 18, 2015 | AgainstTheUniverse | rated it really liked it


"And I couldn't deny - back then, if I'd had an atlas, or any sort of treasure map that might help me find my dad, I would've clung to it, too."

Dead Ends is a story about two boys - Dane Washington and Billy D. who are different in many ways but have one thing in common: they both have fathers that they want to find. Dane's Father has been missing from his life ever since he was born. Meanwhile, Billy D. was separate
Two boys who walk alone until they find each other...

Dane has a lot of resentment bottled up inside him. There's him not having a dad, being poor and having a mother who would rather frame winning instant scratchie tickets rather than cash them in and not have him wonder if they will be able to make rent that month. When Billy D attached himself to Dane's side, it's one more thing to resent. That is until Billy D manages to get under Dane's skin and they become friends without Dane even realizi
Emily Mead
Jun 06, 2014 Emily Mead rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, 2014
Read reviews, see awesome GIFS and see my rambling thoughts at my blog, The Loony Teen Writer

1) I’d heard a lot about Butter by the same author, and it struck me as an incredibly awesome premise for a book. I even used it for a Top Ten Tuesday despite the fact that I haven’t read it. The other day I actually did buy it from the Book Depository, which is exciting!

2) Cait from Notebook Sisters reviewed it, and I loved the sound of it. I hadn’t actually heard of it before then. Trust me, guys. You
Adele Broadbent
Dane gets angry. A lot. When someone annoys him his palms get itchy, and he learnt when he was young, that the only thing that will make the itch go away is to hit the problem. He has a rep as a bully at school and is getting closer to suspension and then expulsion than he likes. He gets good grades and cares about school, but can’t keep his fists to himself.
His mum isn’t happy about it either, but understands some of the anger that seems to build up inside him. He asks every now and then about
Apr 24, 2016 Pygmy rated it it was amazing
I randomly picked up this book at the bookstore a couple days ago and I'm so glad that I did. The blurb was fascinating--and after standing around and reading the first chapter, I knew the writing was a winner as well. I have a soft spot for unusual protagonists/anti-heroes, and seeing the other side of a bully and seeing him work his way out of being a bully was a real joy. Disabilities are also a rare topic when most YA books (and even adult books) are filled with perfect people. But Billy D ...more
Jul 11, 2015 Saray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En Cuando irrumpe lo extraordinario tenemos la atípica amistad entre dos chicos, Dane y Billy D. Atípica porque Dane es el típico matón de instituto, aunque no pega a todo el mundo porque sí, siempre hay una razón, aunque para saber todo lo que hay detrás de esa fachada tendréis que leerlo, claro. Y Billy D es un chico con síndrome de Down.
¿Qué tienen en común estos dos chicos? Pues en principio nada, pero sin quererlo sus caminos se cruzarán, algo que a Dane no le hará nada de gracia, y poco a
Alex Garcia
May 06, 2016 Alex Garcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Por culpa de la escuela he tardado muchísimo en leer un solo libro, pero he de admitir que este ¡ESTA CONDENADAMENTE HERMOSOS! Hace mucho no leía un libro así de real, es muy sencillo pero tiene esas cosas tan reales que lo hacen un libro inolvidable. No esperaba mucho de este libro, porque lo consideraba muy repetitivo en muchas partes, pero fuera de eso la historia es muy original, dos amigos que se encuentran a si mismos buscando a alguien más, sin duda de los mejores que he leído.
Mar 24, 2014 Demetria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: genre-2-drama
The main character, Dane, is troubled and living in a small with a yoga instructor single mom who keeps winning the lottery but refuses to cash in the tickets. He is walking to school one day, when Billy D, a young man with Down's syndrome befriends him. The two form a bond that keeps Dane out of trouble. This is a beautiful story of friendship that is rare between two young men. Great read particularly for young adults from single parent homes.
Sep 23, 2014 Daniel rated it it was ok
The main character is a bully, but a bully who gets good grades so he's the good kind of bully... Eurgh.
A very annoying book. It's been unfairly been compared to the superb 'Wonder' by R.J Palacio.
Aug 30, 2015 Booklunatic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leseexe
4,5 Sterne

Tolles Buch, das mit Herz und Humor mehrere wichtige Themen anspricht (Anderssein, Gewalt, Mobbing, Vaterlosigkeit - ist das ein Wort?) und dessen Figuren - vor allem Billy - einem schnell ans Herz wachsen.
Oct 27, 2015 Barzah rated it really liked it
i have to say its the first time i think of a teenage character as "cute". so cute soo beautiful and many raw emotions. everything perfect but that ending surely took one whole star off.
Apr 25, 2013 Erica rated it it was amazing
This book is so wonderful.
Aug 21, 2016 perks_of_being_a_reader rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
After recommendation from Becky
Nov 26, 2014 Hayley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 ++
Love it!
It's basically John Green, but not pretentious!
Muneeza Ali-Khan
Dec 10, 2016 Muneeza Ali-Khan rated it really liked it
Dead Ends revolves around two characters named Dane Washington and Billy D. Dane has a low temper and is known for bullying several people in his school. He doesn’t know who his dad is and his young mom buys lottery tickets in hopes for a better life. Billy has down syndrome. When he moves next door to Dane and they start to walk to school together an unlikely friendship starts to unfold. Billy sees Dane as protection while walking to school. This gets Dane out of trouble at school. Dane starts ...more
Nov 06, 2016 Robyn rated it really liked it
I had read Butter by Erin Jade Lange beforehand and I liked her writing so much I decided to get another one of her books. Just as good!
Zachary Olson
Oct 13, 2016 Zachary Olson rated it really liked it
The story starts off with Dane holding a kid against the ground in a choke hold, and right after that is when he first sees Billy D. He is really annoyed by Billy D. at first, but in the end Billy is the only person that will keep him in school. Through rough times and lots of hours spent together the two of them grow very close and become very unexpected friends. I really enjoyed this book, because it has a lot of friendship in it and shows how you will never forget a parent if they left you. I ...more
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“I’d always said that I didn’t hit girls or challenged kids, and what it came to a fight between the two, I didn’t know which side I’d pick – I’d probably just stay out of it. But when it came to anybody versus Billy, there was no question whose side I was on.” 3 likes
“But I guess it didn't matter how long you walk alone; once you get used to someone travelling next to you, you sort of come to count on it. And once it's gone, no matter how hard you try, you can't remember what it felt like to have no one there.” 2 likes
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