The Evolution of Ethan Poe
In the space of a few months, sixteen-year-old Ethan Poe's life has become a complicated mix of facts, theories, and hypotheses. Things he knows beyond doubt: his parents are divorcing, his older brother Kyle is exhibiting alarming behavior, and his best friend is turning into a spiritual fanatic. Then there are the shifting uncertainties, including his feelings toward his...more
This book had more than a couple moments of sexual activities. Do not tell my mother! ...Oh that's right, she's in my friends list. Hi mum! *Waves with nervous laughter*
I purchased this book after reading the description, which is the following:
In the space of a few months, sixteen-year-old Ethan Poe's life has become a complicated mix of facts, theories and hypotheses. Things he knows beyond doubt; his parents are divorcing, his older brother ...more
Ethan's also "gone goth" par ...more
Firstly: I hope and trust the world is ready for excuses like “I’m sorry that I’m so sleepy / that I didn’t complete the marking / report / task – I am reading the next Robin Reardon after all!” There were some 01:30 bedtimes during the reading of this novel. One just has to know.
Secondly: when I finished chapter 15 and ...more
This was almost a five star read for me, despite some of the faults I was willing to overlook for what was an enjoyable book which tackled some big issues and didn't result to easy solutions.
Ethan Poe is gay, has a boyfriend that is too scared to acknowledge him in public, his parents have just separated, his brother is convinced that his hand may be possessed by a demon (although bizarre, a real-life disease), and a best friend who thinks he can get rid of the gay if he lets Jesus into ...more
I guess my biggest complaint (if it really is that strong of a complaint) is that most of the christian characters are all so extreme... like there is very little middle ground, it finally works out that way, where they finally calm a bit, but the book didn't show any extreme pagans, or extreme atheists/agnostics... I feel like that would have been a better cross-sectional r ...more
This book was a definite interest to me, especially with me being a Christian who believes in evolution, but this book became so much more than that. Of course, I am a keen reader of Reardon, I love all her work. But this one, this one was almost different.
Yes I loved it, it was thought inducing, funny, sexy and as sad as ever, but I don't know, I felt a different kind of vibe with it.
I loved Ethan's voice, I loved Max, I loved Etta and Two, there was so much ...more
And I'm not afraid to admit that. :)
Reading this book - as it usually happens with Robin Reardon's works - gives me a lot of things to think about. I loved her first book, A Secret Edge, not only because it was a very well-rounded book that entertained and also roused my thought processes, it also has an Indian guy as one of the two main characters. Afterwards, I read Thinking Straight. This one, for me, is also a good book... but there ...more
I the first and second stories are the main part in the beginning, so I'll talk about them first. The second one, I think that there is a bit too much, "Get in the back of a car an ...more
Sadly we do not live in a world that is open minded enough to allow this in high school classrooms. Like for literature reading. Or you could call it English Class, because this book really has the potential. I feel like this was a great read, but so underrated. And that makes me sad. Perhaps one day, that will change. Until then, I advise ...more
By Robin Reardon
Kensington Books, 2011
“I don’t pay a lot of attention; it’s not something I care about.”
How did I miss this for nine years? Now, I’ve read a lot of YA books with LGBT main characters. What prompts me to give any given book five stars is individuality – of style, of character, of setting, of plot arc. This is one of those books that stands out, because the title character, Ethan Poe, undergoes a dramatic transformation during the few months in w ...more
Likewise, Ethan's journey through the story is said to be about balance in his life when it seems incredibly obvious that there are "right" and "wrong" sides to each of the issues he faced, eventually evolving into "tra ...more
Sixteen-year-old Ethan from Maine is a distant, far-removed relative of the legendary author, Ed ...more
The book was a much slower read for me. This book was very tense throughout.The conflict was so real and varied.Each plot point ...more
Reardon based this book on the debate in Dover, PA about Intelligent Design, and sensationalized it. From what I remember of the debate that occurred only a few counties away from my hometown, there was a good deal of verbal confrontation and editorials in the paper, but not physical violence. In her book, Reardon portrays supporters ...more
The major problem I had with this nook was that it never felt like Ethan, Jorja, Kyle and Max were real teeanagers... They just felt like how someone older would imagine them to be and it took me out of the story a lot to make excuse for why they seemed to be acting and --in Ethan's case--thinking at points like 30 somethings.
It makes me sad because I enjoyed what the story was trying to do.
The plot tries to fuse coming out, first love, intellgence design, bod ...more
At times it was a bit difficult for ...more
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