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What They Always Tell Us by Martin  Wilson
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Apr 07, 2009

it was amazing
Read in March, 2009

What They Always Tell Us
Martin Wilson
Delacorte Press, c2008, 291 pages, $15.99
Social Issues in homosexuality for YAL
ISBN 978-0-385-73507-0

In What They Always Tell Us, Martin Wilson illustrates the unique relationship that exists between two brothers. James and Alex are going through high school intent on simply making it through. With Alex’s recent social flop of drinking cleaning solution at a high school party resulting in complete rejection from Alex’s friends, James must try and finish his senior year with some dignity. However, the distance that has grown between the two brothers is blown apart in this heart-wrenching and realistic novel as Alex finds acceptance with Nathan, James’ senior friend, and cross country. Two brothers are dealing with sports, homosexuality, tests, friendships, family, and a brotherhood that sees through it all. This novel can relate with students and the issues that some are facing in my classroom. By seeing the struggles of these two brothers, students can see perspectives that may have been more reticent before.
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