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The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd
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Jan 21, 2012

it was amazing
Read on January 21, 2012

This book was about a boy who had problems with his family. His mom and dad weren't doing so good and on the verge of getting a divorce. To top it off, his "boyfriend" wasn't acting like one. his boyfriend was still in the closet and wasnt planning on coming out anytime soon because he had one of the hottest girls in school. At least this is his last summer before college, but what will this summer bring? It brings crazy evenings and parties and a boring job at a super market. As well as meeting a mysterious kid named Alex who sells drugs. Can this trouble maker be someone in his life or just another guy to mess around with? Turns out his summer ends up being more interesting than he thought.
The theme of this book is that you shouldn't let the things people say to you put you down. Throughout the book, he was called a faggot a lot. Not only that but he was bullied for being a faggot. An idea would be that kids struggle a lot when their parents fight too much or on the verge of getting a divorce. In this book, he started smoking weed a lot more because of all his troubles. He wanted to get away from his parents so he did this to stay come. Another theme or idea would be yourself. He shaved his head for the thought of being different. As well as having a boyfriend and being with him in public even though he knew people would judge him.
What made the book so good is that many people can relate to it. I liked how brave the kid was because not all gay people are out, especially teens. I also liked that it seemed real like the author wrote it from experience or from a friend's experience. He put so much feeling and emotion into it. That's what makes a book good, the emotion in it. THe parts tha make you want to cry or the parts that make you feel like you're right there with the character. This is what made this book so good.
I would recommend this book to any kids who might have trouble with bullying for being gay or anything like that. Actually, I would recommend this book to everyone because once you start reading you won't be able to stop. This book shows what it's like to find your true identity and many kids would like that. Not only that but its a good read for everyoe and shows how things can change for the worst or for the best.
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