In the very beginning of the story the boy is throwing rocks at a horse because he enjoys seeing the way pain makes the horse move.
That is not a normal boy to me. If the story ...more
The economy is in recession and Ted LeClare's father, a life insurance salesman, has been forced to move south to Pennsylvania to get work. Ted and his mother have stayed in the family home, which is for sale.
On a hot summer afternoon, the Dennison brothers, Bobby and Kevin, visit Ted's house. Ted, feeling socially inadequate, is eventually persuaded to show ...more
Plot can be summarized in one sentence(with a few related points) -- 14 year old Teddy's life spirals out of control when a friend Kevin accidentally shoots and kills his brother in Teddy's dining room. Oh, and the gun belonged to Teddy's parents. And Teddy loaded it. And although Teddy grew up hunting and knew all about gun safety, neither of the other boys had ever touched a gun before.
I thought this was going to be really cliched, but it wasn't ...more
One of the things I really liked about this novel was that it didn't hit you over the head with a gun position pro or con - the scenes where Ted has just gone hunting with his uncle and where they're cleaning and preparing the dear were great. I know nothing about hunting or guns but I loved reading the perspective of this working class new england family and their real and true history with guns. The locals (Ted's family included) clashed won ...more
"There exists, of course, no more defining American image than death by bullet," notes the Los Angeles Times. In his debut novel, Phil LaMarche ties this all-too-common image to timeless themes (coming of age, class struggle) as well as more contemporary ones (violence in children, gun control, fascism). What results is a gripping narrative that says as much about the incongruities of 21st-century America as it does about one boy thrown prematurely into the maelstrom of adult life. Despite a few...more
There are also some passages throughout that are beautiful both in their simplicity and in ...more
Part of what was interesting about this book was that the quasi-omniscient point of view that kept referring the to the main character as "the boy..." (instead of him, or he, or whatever.)
Includes themes of guns, their use, and consequences. As well as how teens are affected and the decisions they make.
This novel however was worth it! It was not life changing or epiphany-causing by any means, but it was fast paced and a fun read. Intense in some parts...and very descriptive. I would definitely recommend it.