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St. Michael's Scales by Neil Connelly
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Sep 03, 2009

bookshelves: young-adult, sports, not-recommended

It’s too bad modern authors, like modern directors, have to throw in a few gratuitous sexual references. This novel would be great to give reluctant readers who like wrestling. The plot: a boy who feels guilt about his twin’s death at birth and his mother’s subsequent mental illness has hallucinations during which his twin directs him. He feels he must expiate his guilt by committing suicide. He is inveigled into joining the wrestling team. Through wrestling and through association with other kids, he comes to terms with his problems and changes for the better and decides who he is. However, a graphic suicide scene (a one armed boy jumps out of a window), a worry about penis size during his physical, and 1/4 page of dialogue about watching a pornographic movie spoil the book for most of our readers.

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