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Dead Ends

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,811 ratings  ·  261 reviews
Dane Washington is one suspension away from expulsion. In a high school full of “haves,” being a “have not” makes Dane feel like life is hurtling toward one big dead end. Billy D. spends his high school days in Special Ed and he’s not exactly a “have” himself. The biggest thing Billy’s missing? His dad. Billy is sure the riddles his father left in an atlas are really clues ...more
Hardcover, 1st, 336 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Bloomsbury
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Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Edit: Omg it's coming out September 3rd. That's two days before my birthday. :D So I literally just figured out how to add gifs to reviews so if you don't mind me, I'm going to express my emotions through Sherlock gifs

May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
“He’s just an innocent victim.”
“A victim,” I repeated. A queasy feeling seeped into my gut. “Then what am I?”
Seely shook her head as if it was obvious and half smiled. “You’re the bully.”

It's hard to believe that hardly anyone has read this book. It came out in 2013 and barely has over 1,000 ratings on Goodreads. And yet when I picked this up on an impulse, never having heard of the title before, I ended up being so impressed with this marvelous, hidden gem.

Now I'm going to try my best to conv
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Dead Ends is a simple yet wonderful tale about an unlikely friendship between two young boys, both of them social outcasts. Dane is a bully, raised by a very young single mom and angry at the world. He has no idea who his father is, and his mother, although otherwise great, refuses to divulge his identity. Dane takes out his anger on anyone who dares to look at him the wrong way, until Billy D. comes along.

Billy D. has Down syndrome. He is highly functional and pretty healthy, all things conside
C.G. Drews
That. was. AWESOME.

I get worried when books get compared to famous authors. The cover on DEAD ENDS says "From the novelist being compared to R.J. Palacio and John Green". Um. Those are big shoes to fill, okay?! Why do they do that?? While I think DEAD ENDS is fabulous and I love it to bits...I don't think it tops John-Green-ish-ness.

The alternate title for this book is: Let's Represent the Minorities!
I do love how well the minorities were represented (they get forgotten a lot in books sometim
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to TL by: Drew
Shelves: favorites
“He’s just an innocent victim.”
“A victim,” I repeated. A queasy feeling seeped into my gut. “Then what am I?”
Seely shook her head as if it was obvious and half smiled. “You’re the bully.”

“I’d always said that I didn’t hit girls or challenged kids, and what it came to a fight between the two, I didn’t know which side I’d pick – I’d probably just stay out of it. But when it came to anybody versus Billy, there was no question whose side I was on.”

"Now I'll call you Dane, and you won't kick my ass."
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
An engaging coming-of-age story with a pair of engaging, and unlikely, protagonists. Dane Washington is tough, intelligent and trouble. He's a basically decent kid with a whole load of anger which often comes out with his fists. Consequently, he's skating the edge of expulsion from his school, saved only by his good grades. Although he doesn't see it, he's something of a bully ... albeit with a code: he doesn't hit disabled people or girls. The new boy in his street, Billy D, has Downs Syndrome ...more
Hélène Louise
I loved this book, clever and wise, with touching and realistic characters.

Billie's personality is strong and clear, his personality always rings true. I love his logic and assertiveness! The author does a great job to present a person with a disability (Down syndrome here), without sugar-coating anything, without letting the reader forget the differences, while making the character a full person in their own rights, never limiting them to their disability.
As a result Billie and Dane's relation
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was ok

Dane's a bully. He has no friends, a long-gone father, and he and his mom live poorly. She's an expert at winning the lotto but she doesn't ever cash in the tickets. She frames them on the wall. But her luck might be running out as her job teaching yoga classes continues to be cut back due to low class participation. Worth noting, too, she had him as a teenager and everything since then has been hard times.

Billy is the new kid in town. He just moved in next to Dane, and on the way to school,
Carly the Book Detective
You can read my full review for Dead Ends, plus all my other reviews here!

I enjoyed reading Dead Ends mainly because of the interactions between Billy D. and Dane Washington. A shy character with Down syndrome working together with an angsty neighbourhood bully is a pretty interesting dynamic!

The characters - Dane Washington and Billy D: I love it when authors write about characters who aren’t perfect. Just like Ed Kennedy in “I Am The
rachel ☾
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.75 stars

This is the perfect book about diversity.

As soon as I finished Rebel Bully Geek Pariah and saw how much my friends had enjoyed this book, I knew I had to pick it up. I’m so damn glad I did. I don’t think there’s much I can say about this book. It made me cry. I laughed out loud. Multiple times. My mum gave me weird looks about it. This book was just so damn realistic. It had the perfect interpersonal relations. I adored Dane and Billy D and Seely. It dealt with serious topics to perfe
Dimity Powell
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-lit
Dead Ends took my breath away then forced it back so challengingly I was left gasping for more. Two unlikely characters form an unexpected alliance that quickly deepens into a friendship that is beautiful to behold and heartbreaking to witness as it disintegrates and regenerates. Dane is life weary at 16 and at odds with a heart that feels more than he'd like and a temper that demands all of his attention and energy. Billy D is the catalyst to his self discovery but is struggling with his own in ...more
WOW! Everybody go read that book!! It is the best book i read this year and it's absolutly amazing and I love it!

Adding: There is some great character development in this book. Like really great character development!!

And the story is great. It is hard to chatch me, but I couldn't put this book away and I had feelings for the characters and all the feelings you should have while reading a book and this doesn't happen often to me... So just READ IT!!!
Nov 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
I read this for my english class and I'm not the type of person who hates on books but this particular book was impossible to read. I found it so boring and pointless. I know my main problem is with Dane but the story wasn't something really memorable either. Dane was awful for me to read. I can't stand a bully and Dane was so aggressive and looking for trouble all the time. His personality and mine don't go together so every time he said something stupid the only thing I could think of was "shu ...more
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this story!! It was fun inspirational and made you think about different people's personalities! Dane is not the clear cut hero you would expect but he cares so much for the people around him that there's no question his hearts in the right place!

A touching story that I recommend. 🤗
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Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it


"And I couldn't deny - back then, if I'd had an atlas, or any sort of treasure map that might help me find my dad, I would've clung to it, too."

Dead Ends is a story about two boys - Dane Washington and Billy D. who are different in many ways but have one thing in common: they both have fathers that they want to find. Dane's Father has been missing from his life ever since he was born. Meanwhile, Billy D. was separate
Two boys who walk alone until they find each other...

Dane has a lot of resentment bottled up inside him. There's him not having a dad, being poor and having a mother who would rather frame winning instant scratchie tickets rather than cash them in and not have him wonder if they will be able to make rent that month. When Billy D attached himself to Dane's side, it's one more thing to resent. That is until Billy D manages to get under Dane's skin and they become friends without Dane even realizi
Emily Mead
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
Read reviews, see awesome GIFS and see my rambling thoughts at my blog, The Loony Teen Writer

1) I’d heard a lot about Butter by the same author, and it struck me as an incredibly awesome premise for a book. I even used it for a Top Ten Tuesday despite the fact that I haven’t read it. The other day I actually did buy it from the Book Depository, which is exciting!

2) Cait from Notebook Sisters reviewed it, and I loved the sound of it. I hadn’t actually heard of it before then. Trust me, guys. You
Adele Broadbent
Dane gets angry. A lot. When someone annoys him his palms get itchy, and he learnt when he was young, that the only thing that will make the itch go away is to hit the problem. He has a rep as a bully at school and is getting closer to suspension and then expulsion than he likes. He gets good grades and cares about school, but can’t keep his fists to himself.
His mum isn’t happy about it either, but understands some of the anger that seems to build up inside him. He asks every now and then about
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited abut Dead Ends being our book-club read, ever since reading Butter I’ve been wanting to see what Erin Lange would do next. It’s something about the characters she creates that stays with you for so long after the book it finished.

Both Dane and Billy D have labels; Dane the bully and Billy the “special” kid. They shouldn’t be friends, yet that is what this book is about. The way their relationship changes over the cause of the story is captivating. But it’s not just Dane’s fr
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I randomly picked up this book at the bookstore a couple days ago and I'm so glad that I did. The blurb was fascinating--and after standing around and reading the first chapter, I knew the writing was a winner as well. I have a soft spot for unusual protagonists/anti-heroes, and seeing the other side of a bully and seeing him work his way out of being a bully was a real joy. Disabilities are also a rare topic when most YA books (and even adult books) are filled with perfect people. But Billy D w ...more
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: genre-2-drama
The main character, Dane, is troubled and living in a small with a yoga instructor single mom who keeps winning the lottery but refuses to cash in the tickets. He is walking to school one day, when Billy D, a young man with Down's syndrome befriends him. The two form a bond that keeps Dane out of trouble. This is a beautiful story of friendship that is rare between two young men. Great read particularly for young adults from single parent homes.
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
The main character is a bully, but a bully who gets good grades so he's the good kind of bully... Eurgh.
A very annoying book. It's been unfairly been compared to the superb 'Wonder' by R.J Palacio.
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is so wonderful.
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 ++
Love it!
It's basically John Green, but not pretentious!
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
After recommendation from Becky
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
i have to say its the first time i think of a teenage character as "cute". so cute soo beautiful and many raw emotions. everything perfect but that ending surely took one whole star off.
Jonathan Gentry
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Erin Jade Lange hits another home run, (seriously why isn't she on the NYT's Best-Seller List?) Because with literary gems fit for a king like her debut, Butter, and now Dead Ends she should be at least number 3 or 4.
I better stop with this or I might jinx her chances in the future, and now on to the review of Dead Ends!
Dead Ends follows bully on the block Dane Washington, who may appear to be the typical bully who bashes you bloody for simply being near him at the time he feels the urge, but th
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
Dead Ends is a very serious type of book which I do recommend. Dead ends is about a boy named Dane who is a bully and is on the edge of getting suspended. Then there is Billy D who is a boy who has down syndrome and is a very nice and caring boy. Dane is a boy who hits other students and gets in trouble a lot but he has rules no punching girls or “special kids” and by that he means Billy D. Dane is about to get suspended but then Billy D said if Dane would walk with me home every day he won’t ge ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Dead Ends a lot more than I expected to. It is USYA, which I don't often get along with, an it has been compared to Wonder, a book I have mixed feelings on. However, I'm glad I gave it a chance, as I very happily finished it within a few days.

Just as with the other book I've read by Erin Lange, Butter, Dead Ends was very readable and quietly compelling in a way that was difficult to put my finger on. Although not a whole lot happened, I found myself eager to pick the book up, not so mu
Jonah Coffey
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is probably one of my favorites. Great detail, good flow, and is very well written.

Lange explores the friendship between 16 year old bully named Dane and his new neighbor, Billy/Billy D, who has down syndrome. Even though Dane is one of the biggest bullies in their town he says he will not pick on kids with disabilities. That's where he draws the line. His principle gives him a chance to stay out of trouble, all he has to do is watch over Billy. At first, Billy says no but he eventuall
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ERIN JADE LANGE is the author of The Chaos of Now; Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah; Dead Ends; and Butter, an ABC New Voices selection. As a former journalist, she is inspired by current events and real-world issues and uses her writing to explore how those issues impact teenagers. Erin lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
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“I’d always said that I didn’t hit girls or challenged kids, and what it came to a fight between the two, I didn’t know which side I’d pick – I’d probably just stay out of it. But when it came to anybody versus Billy, there was no question whose side I was on.” 5 likes
“But I guess it didn't matter how long you walk alone; once you get used to someone travelling next to you, you sort of come to count on it. And once it's gone, no matter how hard you try, you can't remember what it felt like to have no one there.” 3 likes
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