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Tangerine by Edward Bloor
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Apr 06, 11

it was amazing
bookshelves: ya, re-read
Read in January, 1998

This is a novel all about authenticity -- nearly guaranteed to attract pre-teens who are, like the protagonist Paul, just starting to see beneath the surface of the comfortable world they've been inhabiting. To perceive differences like class, race, to start to prize things that their parents don't understand. Paul, who has a rock-solid core of empathy and a sense of right, is the kind of character parents would be glad to have their kids identify with, if the kids won't listen to the standard authorities, Mom and Dad, all the time anymore.

Eric, Paul's brother, on the other hand... well, his maliciously warped character is key to the plot, but his hidden deeds aren't easy to swallow even as a credulous middle schooler. As an adult looking back on one of the best YA books I ever read, I've got to say his more commonplace douche-baggery toward the friends Paul makes among his new soccer team was a more telling moment than the way Eric acts toward Paul, or what Eric did to Paul as a kid.

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