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Hero-Type by Barry Lyga
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Dec 08, 2008

really liked it
Read in December, 2008

This is a very thought provoking book for young adults. Kevin Ross (KRoss) is hailed as a hero when he saves a beautiful classmate from an attack by a serial killer. However, the reader soon learns that the reason KRoss was there TO save her was because he was stalking and secretly filming this classmate himself. The mayor of his hometown rewards KRoss with a good deal on a used car, complete with a requisite "Support the Troops" magnetic ribbon. Kevin's father, ambivalent about his own military career, tells Kevin to remove the ribbon. A reporter sees Kevin discard the ribbon, and a firestorm of controversy erupts over the actions of this now former hero. Issues of civil liberties, first amendment rights and family dynamics blend into a compelling and memorable story. This is one of the top young adult books I've read this year, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it desiginated as a Printz honor book in the coming months.
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