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In Mike We Trust by P.E. Ryan
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Nov 09, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: washyarg
Read in September, 2009

Fifteen year old Garth is small for his age and frequently bullied, so when he tells his mother that he’s gay, she begs him to keep it to himself. Garth’s life changes drastically when his dead father’s twin brother, Mike, shows up. Mike is cool, he accepts Garth for who he is, and he has a great idea to make money to help Garth’s mom and for Garth’s college fund. Unfortunately, all is not as it seems…..or maybe it is and Garth’s mom is right about Mike.
This is a great story of how things can spiral out of control when you don’t listen to that inner voice. Garth is a realistically drawn character, he’s awkward and unsure of himself. He wants so badly to trust Uncle Mike, even though he knows all along something is just not right. This is a funny, realistic, and touching novel about growing up and trusting your instincts. There is some mild profanity, no sex (only some kisses and some mild discussion of the topic), so OK even for middle school.

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