When Dillon Hemingway is forced to witness his brother Preston's suicide, his life understandably seems to fall apart. His quest to make it whole again involves Stacy Ryder, Preston's girlfriend, who is left with more than a memeory of Dillon's dead brother, and Jennifer Lawless, a star high school basketball player with a secret too monstrous to tell and too enormous to k...more
I was confused to rate it, I didn't love it neither hate it.
I started this book expecting a lot of sporty stuff but the sports in this book is just a way in which the protagonists are dealing with their problems or should I say diverting from their problems. Both protagonists have a troubled childhood so I won't say this book is different. But the narrative is likeable. The characters are not new but have be ...more
The main character Dillon Hemingway, a ...more
This teen athlete was a an ironman triathelete and like the athlete looking for the ultimate challenge, the social problems involved in this story were over the top as well.
I'd actually call the situation laughably unlikely if I hadn't known someone ...more
What appeals to me so much is that these kids are put in tough situations, that deal with things adults would have a hard time with. Yet the kids manage to do what ...more
Plot Summary: Two main characters: one male, one female. Both are athelets and dealing with family issues. The male's brother has committed suicide and the female has problems with her father and then her step father. In every chapter, there was a twist added to the story! It reminded me of a soap opera, sometimes- drama, complicated emotions, and difficult situations. It was a slow start, but after the first few chapters, the book became more interesting and ...more
Dillon's brother Preston was a troubled teen (well, it never states his age that I recall but he is 2 years older than Dillon). After a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed, Dillon turned more to drugs and a motorcycle gang. Unable to fight his demons, he killed himself in front of Dillon. The book deals with Dillon trying to figure out his life. Everything has changed for him. ...more
Technically, this is a YA book, but it's pretty strong for that category. Enough to get it banned from some libraries, which is a shame because it has a powerful message.
The main character was Dillon, a high school student, who was good at finding his way through problems. One of the antagonists was Mr Caldwell, an ass't principal who acted like a mob enforcer who liked to zero in on Dillon. Dillon's response:
"Today Mr Caldwell told me I don't have any respect. ...more
p.257 It's a strange thing to be trusted that much by an adult. I'm sure I like it. If you fall with that responsibility, there's no net.
An important story about different forms of abuse. At times, the story is difficult to read because of the intense storyline. Mr. Crutcher delves into the ugly side of what goes on behind close doors.
The novel presents many of the hallmarks of the classic Crutcher tale, including a healthy portion of ...more
Crutcher knows how to make his stories real and Chinese Ha ...more
Crutcher does have a lot of the same themes and plots in his books, which I've seen as I read through them. This one also featured some of the darker ones including descriptions of two animals being murdered, two child molestations, suicide, and other assorted acts of ...more
"I was really intrigued by her idea that if I keep my mind on myself and my own reactions to the world, I can have complete control, that trying to control everything outside me is what keeps me stuck and completely out of control. Opposites at work, I think, maybe Stacy's Chinese handcuffs. Who knows? I may be the world's next really great philosopher. Then again, I may be the world's next r ...more
Heavy stuff. I don't even know how to rate this book. Lower because it has issues I don't like to read about, but higher because it is done pretty well and has a decent ending. But lower because I didn't actually enjoy reading about these poor teens' messed up lives. Maybe I would care more if my adolescence was more troubled and I needed painful abuses in or ...more
I admire that Crutcher takes taboo subjects head-on. I think much of what's hard about growing up is that kids are dealing with grindingly heavy issues, sometimes, in a near-vacuum. They're not supposed to talk about it. We're not supposed to talk about it with them. I've heard this book has been banned, or at least that attempts have been made to ban it, from high school libraries. Ironic, because part of what the book is about is how we isolate kids in nightmarish situations by making it clear ...more
Summary: Dillon Hemingway is a witness to his brother Preston's suicide. He has to cope with it, and can only turn to a few people for help: Preston's girlfriend Stacy, who is also the mother of Preston's son, and Jennifer Lawless, a basketball player whose father has sexu ...more
While Dillon might avoid participating in any school sport, he does compete in triathlons. This causes him no end of troubles from the vice principle of his school, but Dillon can handle it. What he can’t understand though is the fact that his older brother Preston killed himself in front of him. To help himself cope, Dillon starts to write a series of letters to Preston about the things that are happening. In these letters Dillon expresses his frustration ...more