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Brother, Brother

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The day his grandmother dies, seventeen-year-old Billy "Brother" Grace discovers that he has a twin who has recently made headlines by nearly overdosing on drugs. His twin also happens to be the son of a powerful senator. His newly discovered family may not be all that interested in a cheery reunion, but Brother is determined to get answers. When he arrives on the secluded ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Roaring Brook Press
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Suzanne
Feb 20, 2014 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect indication of how much I like a male character: when I would love for him to date my daughter. It would be an awkward relationship, though, what with his being a fictional character and all, but Brother Grace is just a good guy. Dirt poor, though, and one who has had some tough breaks: Abandoned by his teenaged mother when he was just three and then orphaned completely when she soon thereafter dies in a car crash, he is raised by Mem, a grandmother who teaches him a strong moral code and ...more
Melody
Jan 30, 2013 Melody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alamw13
I was crazy in love with Carmichael's Wild Things and subsequently had perhaps unreasonably high expectations for this one. While I enjoyed it, I certainly didn't love it. This read, to my eyes, much more like a first novel than did Wild Things.

Bear in mind that I'm reading an uncorrected proof in January, and the book's not due til August. There may still be editing to be done.

The characters are simply wonderful- full of depth and personality and backstory. That's another thing this novel has
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Laura
Aug 08, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars. This was a fast, smooth read. I found it very easy to slip into this fictional world. The characters, some quirky, some maddening, some lovable, are the high point here. Mem and Trooper (the dog) are probably my favorites. I would have liked to have seen a little more of Gabe's journey (past and future). I like Brother, but found him a bit predictable. Gabe seemed to have more depth, and although we have some idea at the end where his story might lead, I'd have liked to see a little ...more
Emily (Book Jems)
3.5 Stars

Brother, Brother ended up being much different from what I had expected. After reading the summary, I thought I would get a emotional, deep story about the reconnection of long-lost family members and the secrets behind their separation. On one level, that's what the book provides. On another level, the book is predictable and lacking essential pathos.

Brother Grace's grandmother has passed away. His best friend, Cole, has skipped town, leaving Cole's little brother, Jack, on his doorst
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Medeia Sharif
Jun 24, 2013 Medeia Sharif rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
Brother, real name Billy, finds out something huge after his grandmother dies. He has a twin whom he wasn’t aware of. With the help of friends, he sets off on a road trip to meet this brother, someone who was raised in a very different environment. It’s more than a difference of location, but a difference in class, values, and everything else. His twin is rich, but the saying that “money doesn’t buy happiness” rings true.

The characters were amazing. I loved Brother, his friends, and his dog. Th
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Josie M.
I enjoyed this book. The concept of this book intrigued me from the beginning. Brother has just lost his grandmother, the only member of his family that he knows. Shortly after his grandmother's death, Brother discovers he has a twin brother whom he has never heard of and happens to be the troubled son of a senator. Sound interesting? Brother travels across his state with to find his brother and his brother's family. In the course of traveling, Brother meets a girl who changes his world, and hel ...more
Shelly Hammond
Apr 04, 2013 Shelly Hammond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first I’ve read by Clay Carmichael which meant I was going in to it with no real expectations but high hopes! I was lucky enough to get an advanced reader’s edition so a little early reading was able to be done (which always makes my little nerdy reading heart go all a flutter). All that aside now, I sat down and read the book right away to get some sort of a review up as quickly as possible!

Firstly, I am a book crier. What I mean by this is if anything is even remotely sad in a book
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bjneary
I can't remember where this book was recommended; it was recently so I added it to my kindle and pretty quickly got to reading it and what an awesome read. To say I loved this book, Carmichael's writing, her plot, characters (especially the dogs Trooper and Frank!!!) and Brother is to put this mildly. Brother is a teen who lived with his sick grandmother who dies. As a young child of 3 he was "left" with his grandmother, Mem and his mother dies in a car accident. Mem had her own ideas about thin ...more
Heather
Apr 04, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: give-a-way-win
I received an advance reader edition, for and early review.

This book is listed in the Young Adult fiction, I would say based some of the subjects discussed in this book that this would be for an upper age, 10-12th grade, as drug addiction is one of topics.

It was a quick, fast read. Great themes for teens: finding out about yourself is part of the progression from childhood to adulthood; and that where you come from is not necessary where you have to stay.

From a literary stand point it is a go
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Wisteriouswoman
Nov 26, 2014 Wisteriouswoman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brother was a very loveable character. I enjoyed the fact that it was about a person going on a journey of discovery. It has a very southern flavor to the speech everyone uses and polite behavior that Brother exhibits. It is a great story for people who like dogs and quirky characters and hidden family history.

There are some loose ends though. The author throws in a great many tidbits of information that don't make sense. Supposedly Brother was student class president when he was a sophomore bu
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Ruhama
Mar 07, 2014 Ruhama rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Brother, who has been raised by his grandmother, has his life turned upside down when she dies and leaves him a mysterious clue about a twin brother he never knew existed. As there is nothing left for him in his hometown, he decides to attempt to find out more about his mysterious past. Here's what he knows: his mother left him with Mem when he was little, his brother is the son of a big-time Senator and lives on Winter Island, Mem's childhood home. Here's what he finds out: his brother is a spo ...more
Barbara
Accompanied by his dog Trooper and his best friend's younger brother, seventeen-year-old Brother sets off on a journey to find his roots after the death of his beloved grandmother Mem. How could it be that he is related to a powerful North Carolina Senator and never knew about that. As Brother finds help from Kit, a college girl who befriends him, and others, he realizes that family comes in different forms and places, and that some things simply aren't for sale. Readers will come to like Brothe ...more
Cree
Mar 18, 2014 Cree rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-books
I read mostly fantasy, so this contemporary fiction novel territory is alien to me. However, I give this book 3.5 stars for capturing my interest and creating a believable story with believable characters. The pacing was slow and I felt like the ending was abrupt.
Brother, our main character, loses his grandmother, Mem, to breast cancer early in the novel. His world is shattered, then he finds himself looking at a picture of himself in the newspaper--rather of his lost twin brother who happens to
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Kathy
Oct 02, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Wild Thing. It was one of those books, that I could not stop recommending and buying for the young people in my life. Since it had been awhile since Wild Thing was written, I went searching for a new book from this author and discovered I had missed Brother Brother. This is a good story, well written, well paced. Meant for kids a little older than the previous book. I think the juxtaposition of the lives of the title characters, the two brothers, make this a book that will keep you readi ...more
Maryalice
Aug 05, 2015 Maryalice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Wise beyond his years, your heartstrings will pull constantly for polite, likeable "Brother". After losing his only family, Brother sets off to investigate a clue to his past that was left behind by his grandmother. Though he is welcomed with much to eager open arms, Brother's "posse" - which includes his dog Trooper, True for short; his best friend's kid brother Jack; and the lovely, adorable Kit, whom he met on the road - helps keep him balanced and calm. Cole, arriving fashionably late, adds ...more
Samantha
3.5 - 4 stars

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. For me, it had a very calming feeling to it. It was relaxing, maybe because the setting is an island that only inhabits the one family and a nature reserve, so there's lots of ocean side descriptions and swimming. Who doesn't love swimming? .. Well, my hubby for one, he's terrified of it. Not the point. XD

So, we start the book off with Billy Grace, but everyone calls him Brother. He's living with his sick grandmother, who has raised him since he
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Tina
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This was my first attempt at a YA novel that was blatantly described as literary by the publisher, and I think that it has great potential for discussion in the classroom and beyond. Plus it makes for an easy read since the prose flows quite smoothly (see excerpts below) and there are many twists that will surprise readers.

There isn't a lot of plot in this book, though there are plenty of dramatic reveals. The book i
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Maria Ulery
Sep 28, 2013 Maria Ulery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was quite awesome for the author's first attempt at YA. I have only read a few YA novels and this one I would highly recommend for anyone but esp. YA girls. Brother, real name is Billy is raised by his grandma after his moms death and this poor kid has had it rough. Brother had to drop out of school and get a job and take care of grandma then one day he finds her dead in her sleep. During Brother trying to get things sorted out he finds that he has a twin brother he never knew about an ...more
Kate
Dec 09, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, realistic
This is a meandering, somewhat disjointed family drama of a novel that, despite its flaws, I liked a whole lot. Billy Grace (nicknamed Brother) is a high school dropout who lives with his ailing grandmother and makes ends meet by working as an elder care assistant at a local nursing home. When he comes home to find his grandmother dead in her bed, he sees a newspaper clipping in her hands - a clipping that contains a photograph of someone who looks exactly like him. His twin. Using the article a ...more
Kayla
I really didn't know what to expect from this book. It's contemporary, the focus is on family, and I haven't read a book like this in ages, if ever! I loved reading about these characters because no one's perfect in this story. Even Brother, who dropped out of high school. But he was able to take care of his grandmother and get a job to help support them instead. He's had a hard life, about the opposite of the one of his twin brother that he's just found out about. I found it so interesting seei ...more
Cait (Paper Fury)
I definitely liked this book. But it was definitely slow and family-tree-complicated. To be downright honest, I think this is a 3.5...buuut, I round up rather then down. Gah, it's hard reviewing books you're unsure what to think of! I want to let this book mature in my noggin for a while, but I want to start another one...so, review it is.

The writing is dang good. It is. Really. It's a different style to what I'm used to. It's slow, contemplative, but very beautiful. The imagery is good. I l
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Hutch Librarian
Jan 05, 2015 Hutch Librarian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I greatly enjoyed this book. Brother Grace is a strong character with morals, convictions, and a strong sense of loyalty. When he grandmother, who raised him by herself, passes away after a long battle with cancer, Brother learns that he might have another family, a rich, important family. What he doesn't know is the trouble that comes with that family. As Brother gets to know his new family, he learns all their deep, dark secrets, and learns to hold true to himself and his convictions.
Mary
Sep 15, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Cole goes on a road trip when the grandmother who raised him dies and he discovers he has an identical twin. This young adult novel has a bit of everything: twins, power hungry senator, family secrets, unrequited love, hero dog with sixth sense, and likable, strong characters. A fast paced character driven story that will have you rooting for the kid with the down-home values.
Janet
Interesting dysfunctional family where two brothers don't know of each others existence until the death of their grandmother. Eventually all the secrets come tumbling out. The main thread is the powerful rich manipulate those who they think are their lessors. Gideon Grayson, is the powerful North Carolina senator who must control everything. And I didn't see it coming as to who Amos actually is, I must have missed the clues.
As a suggestion to the author would you consider redoing this YA title i
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Lindsay
Jan 27, 2014 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As one of the winners of this book giveaway on Goodreads I wanted to write a review on this book as a thank you to the Author and publishers. This was a great book, I really loved it. A wonderful read about perfectly flawed people, even the main character was not perfect which made the book all the better. There is nothing better than a book that has “real” characters and an exciting adventure of self- discovery. This was the first book that I have read from Clay Carmichael, so I did not know wh ...more
Jamie Gregory
I enjoyed the main characters in this family drama book; however, some elements of the plot were hard to buy into. The plot also lags in some places and the ending seemed a bit predictable. Overall, I appreciated that this book wasn't focused on sex! I feel that the parts about Brother and his immediate family were more compelling than the actual conflict between him and the brother he discovers.
S
Aug 31, 2014 S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yaba-15
3.5 stars
A male protagonist with depth. Extended family, learning to deal with the past. I liked Brother's voice.
Janet
Jun 22, 2014 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Thanks, Shauna, for reviewing this one--I had missed it. Really liked the strong, idealistic characters.
Leslie
Apr 09, 2016 Leslie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
could barely put this one down! awesome story! lots of twists and turns, I really enjoyed it :D
Nina
Sep 08, 2013 Nina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, realistic-fiction
I'm not usually big on family secrets type of books, but I just kind of fell in love with Brother right away. Despite all the turmoil going on in his life, he remains true to himself and the manners and lessons taught to him by Mem. Kit is pretty cool too, although sometimes her speeches and way of talking seemed a little too adult to be believable. And of course Trooper, the amazing and sort of psychic pup, really made the story complete. This was really a story about the characters and Clay di ...more
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