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The God of War by Marisa Silver
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Jul 11, 2009

it was amazing
Read in July, 2009

Marisa Silver has written a novel from the perspective of a twelve year old boy so believably that it is hard to believe that she is not a twelve year old boy. This book was so gripping and painful that I didn't want to put it down until I knew that Ares was going to be okay. Named after the Greek God of war by his free spirited, eccentric mother, Ares has lived with the pain of his younger brother's severe mental disability for more than five years. He has a level of maturity and responsibility well beyond his years, but he is still only a boy who needs love and attention. I imagine great book club discussions will come from this one, starting with Laurel, the fiercely loving and protective but overwhelmed and sometimes unable to cope mother of Ares and his brother Malcolm.

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