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Four guys -- Tommy, Brad, Andy and Shane – are all making their way in the jungle that is the last year of high school. Tommy, model student, is heading for the military to learn to fly fighter jets. His best friend, Brad, is being scouted for Junior A, which will finally satisfy his ambitious hockey dad. Andy is on the verge of making his acting breakthrough. He's got an...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 3rd 2004 by Groundwood Books (first published February 26th 2003)
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Roderick Mcgillis
Some of the writing is over the top and out of control. And the situations, although perhaps possible, are difficult to believe. For example, the scene in which Shane is outside the operating room watching his brother die on the operating table with blood and guts everywhere. Too much, man. The language aspires to verisimilitude with its "skud, "skrunk," "MG" and so on. But all this rings false. We have nary a profanity that we all know so well. Too bad. The book means well.
Good for a once over.

I picked up the novel up because it had four different characters as narrators, and that always interests me. I find the author did a good job of it, and the pace of the book wasn't slow or disjointed. So while reading it was interesting to see how the four boys influenced each other throughout the story.

Plot wise, I like how they go through each a different kind of transformation because they have unique obstacles, and Andy's character is the most interesting to me. Unfort...more
skud is a book told from four different views from four adolesent boys.
it is a great insight into the difficulties of life as they know it. it shows that even though people may act like they know exactly what they will do for the rest of their lives, things change. people say something that pushes them over the edge, they see their career for what it really is, or, sometimes they just get what is coming to them.
An ok kind of book, had potential...
Follows four high school seniors--popular, athletic Tommy, who hopes to be a pilot, his friend Brad, a bodybuilder, aspiring actor Andy, and Shane, a violent delinquent--as they try to figure out what it means to be a man.
Not bad for a book that deals almost exclusively with high school boys with anger management issues. A subtly incisive examination of masculinity that I'm happy to include in my classroom library.
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