Anti and Fabian are unlikely friends in Quito, Ecuador who share a love for outlandish storytelling and yearn to "discover" something remarkable. Whil...moreAnti and Fabian are unlikely friends in Quito, Ecuador who share a love for outlandish storytelling and yearn to "discover" something remarkable. While they talk about everything, one subject goes unmentioned--the deaths of Fabian's parents. One night, after too much tequila, Favian spins the tale of his parents' demise. Anti, sympathetic, yet disbelieving, crafts a false newspaper story to demonstrate his support for Fabian and the fictions that help him get through this tragedy. However, Fabian reads the clipping and also notes the bogus story next to it, one for an Amnesia Clinic serving victims of accidents or kidnappings with no memories of who they are. Fabian is certain his mother, whose body was never recovered, is staying in the Amnesia Clinic. The boys set off on a journey that will reveal more about their friendship and future than either can imagine.
Special appeal for teens: The relationship between the two friends; the natural dialogue and the wild tale telling; the search for family will all draw in teen readers.
I enjoyed this book for its compelling story, natural and likeable characters, realistic portrayals of the adults in the teens's lives, and the sense of wonder and familiarity the boys experience with their shared world and with each other.(less)
At a book signing, recently widowed Willa runs into Patrick, an old high school friend. Over a dinner of reminiscences, the two recall a pact they and...moreAt a book signing, recently widowed Willa runs into Patrick, an old high school friend. Over a dinner of reminiscences, the two recall a pact they and the rest of the "Beacon Hill Gang" made to meet again 20 years later. Patrick and Willa decide to hold their friends to the group promise and start tracking them down. All but one are located--wild girl Angel, Patrick's old girlfriend. No one has see or heard from Angel since she ran away after crashing her abusive father's care. Willa is desperate to locate her old friend in time for the reunion, but the more she looks and interviews other old friends, the more reluctant everyone is to talk about the past. During the reunion at Willa's upscale home, one of the old friends is found dead in the swimming pool. A precisely plotted suspense novel with intriguing characters. Ending may be viewed as a bit outlandish by some readers and some subplots and secondary characters are left underdeveloped.(less)
I read it while standing on line at DMV. It captured my interest immediately. Two brothers zip away from a crime scene and ponder their dreary existen...moreI read it while standing on line at DMV. It captured my interest immediately. Two brothers zip away from a crime scene and ponder their dreary existence in noirish settings. Aside from the characters' hard luck childhoods, I don't believe there's enough here to compel teen readers. The plot does zip along and the writing style is fresh. Teens may appreciate the fact that the first-time author is a musician. I'd only promote to the most mature of readers. This book has dark overtones. Author is a complete charmer, though. Shared a drink with him in Portland once. Sometimes, that's enough to make you a fan for life, but the good books already had me there. (less)