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After his grandmother's death, seventeen-year-old Brother sets out, with the abandoned son of a friend, on a 200-mile trip to North Carolina's Outer Banks to find his twin brother, of whose existence he just learned.

Part coming-of-age story, part love story, this is a book about finding out that who you are and where you come from aren't necessarily the same thing.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Roaring Brook Press
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Suzanne
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Perfect indication of how much I like a male character: when I would love for him to date my daughter. It would be an awkward relationship, though, what with his being a fictional character and all, but Brother Grace is just a good guy. Dirt poor, though, and one who has had some tough breaks: Abandoned by his teenaged mother when he was just three and then orphaned completely when she soon thereafter dies in a car crash, he is raised by Mem, a grandmother who teaches him a strong moral code and ...more
Melody
Nov 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: alamw13
I was crazy in love with Carmichael's Wild Things and subsequently had perhaps unreasonably high expectations for this one. While I enjoyed it, I certainly didn't love it. This read, to my eyes, much more like a first novel than did Wild Things.

Bear in mind that I'm reading an uncorrected proof in January, and the book's not due til August. There may still be editing to be done.

The characters are simply wonderful- full of depth and personality and backstory. That's another thing this novel has
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Laura
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars. This was a fast, smooth read. I found it very easy to slip into this fictional world. The characters, some quirky, some maddening, some lovable, are the high point here. Mem and Trooper (the dog) are probably my favorites. I would have liked to have seen a little more of Gabe's journey (past and future). I like Brother, but found him a bit predictable. Gabe seemed to have more depth, and although we have some idea at the end where his story might lead, I'd have liked to see a little ...more
Emily Elizabeth
3.5 Stars

Brother, Brother ended up being much different from what I had expected. After reading the summary, I thought I would get a emotional, deep story about the reconnection of long-lost family members and the secrets behind their separation. On one level, that's what the book provides. On another level, the book is predictable and lacking essential pathos.

Brother Grace's grandmother has passed away. His best friend, Cole, has skipped town, leaving Cole's little brother, Jack, on his doorst
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Medeia Sharif
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Brother, real name Billy, finds out something huge after his grandmother dies. He has a twin whom he wasn’t aware of. With the help of friends, he sets off on a road trip to meet this brother, someone who was raised in a very different environment. It’s more than a difference of location, but a difference in class, values, and everything else. His twin is rich, but the saying that “money doesn’t buy happiness” rings true.

The characters were amazing. I loved Brother, his friends, and his dog. Th
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Josie M.
Mar 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. The concept of this book intrigued me from the beginning. Brother has just lost his grandmother, the only member of his family that he knows. Shortly after his grandmother's death, Brother discovers he has a twin brother whom he has never heard of and happens to be the troubled son of a senator. Sound interesting? Brother travels across his state with to find his brother and his brother's family. In the course of traveling, Brother meets a girl who changes his world, and hel ...more
bjneary
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I can't remember where this book was recommended; it was recently so I added it to my kindle and pretty quickly got to reading it and what an awesome read. To say I loved this book, Carmichael's writing, her plot, characters (especially the dogs Trooper and Frank!!!) and Brother is to put this mildly. Brother is a teen who lived with his sick grandmother who dies. As a young child of 3 he was "left" with his grandmother, Mem and his mother dies in a car accident. Mem had her own ideas about thin ...more
Shelly Hammond
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the first I’ve read by Clay Carmichael which meant I was going in to it with no real expectations but high hopes! I was lucky enough to get an advanced reader’s edition so a little early reading was able to be done (which always makes my little nerdy reading heart go all a flutter). All that aside now, I sat down and read the book right away to get some sort of a review up as quickly as possible!

Firstly, I am a book crier. What I mean by this is if anything is even remotely sad in a book
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Maryalice
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Wise beyond his years, your heartstrings will pull constantly for polite, likeable "Brother". After losing his only family, Brother sets off to investigate a clue to his past that was left behind by his grandmother. Though he is welcomed with much to eager open arms, Brother's "posse" - which includes his dog Trooper, True for short; his best friend's kid brother Jack; and the lovely, adorable Kit, whom he met on the road - helps keep him balanced and calm. Cole, arriving fashionably late, adds ...more
Heather
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: give-a-way-win
I received an advance reader edition, for and early review.

This book is listed in the Young Adult fiction, I would say based some of the subjects discussed in this book that this would be for an upper age, 10-12th grade, as drug addiction is one of topics.

It was a quick, fast read. Great themes for teens: finding out about yourself is part of the progression from childhood to adulthood; and that where you come from is not necessary where you have to stay.

From a literary stand point it is a go
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Feb 13, 2013 added it
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This was my first attempt at a YA novel that was blatantly described as literary by the publisher, and I think that it has great potential for discussion in the classroom and beyond. Plus it makes for an easy read since the prose flows quite smoothly (see excerpts below) and there are many twists that will surprise readers.

There isn't a lot of plot in this book, though there are plenty of dramatic reveals. The book i
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LaQuita Logan
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the mystery of this book and I think it will definitely appeal to the young reader.
C.G. Drews
I definitely liked this book. But it was definitely slow and family-tree-complicated. To be downright honest, I think this is a 3.5...buuut, I round up rather then down. Gah, it's hard reviewing books you're unsure what to think of! I want to let this book mature in my noggin for a while, but I want to start another one...so, review it is.

The writing is dang good. It is. Really. It's a different style to what I'm used to. It's slow, contemplative, but very beautiful. The imagery is good. I l
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Ruhama
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
Brother, who has been raised by his grandmother, has his life turned upside down when she dies and leaves him a mysterious clue about a twin brother he never knew existed. As there is nothing left for him in his hometown, he decides to attempt to find out more about his mysterious past. Here's what he knows: his mother left him with Mem when he was little, his brother is the son of a big-time Senator and lives on Winter Island, Mem's childhood home. Here's what he finds out: his brother is a spo ...more
Wisteriouswoman
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Brother was a very loveable character. I enjoyed the fact that it was about a person going on a journey of discovery. It has a very southern flavor to the speech everyone uses and polite behavior that Brother exhibits. It is a great story for people who like dogs and quirky characters and hidden family history.

There are some loose ends though. The author throws in a great many tidbits of information that don't make sense. Supposedly Brother was student class president when he was a sophomore bu
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Kayla
I really didn't know what to expect from this book. It's contemporary, the focus is on family, and I haven't read a book like this in ages, if ever! I loved reading about these characters because no one's perfect in this story. Even Brother, who dropped out of high school. But he was able to take care of his grandmother and get a job to help support them instead. He's had a hard life, about the opposite of the one of his twin brother that he's just found out about. I found it so interesting seei ...more
Kate
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: realistic, ya
This is a meandering, somewhat disjointed family drama of a novel that, despite its flaws, I liked a whole lot. Billy Grace (nicknamed Brother) is a high school dropout who lives with his ailing grandmother and makes ends meet by working as an elder care assistant at a local nursing home. When he comes home to find his grandmother dead in her bed, he sees a newspaper clipping in her hands - a clipping that contains a photograph of someone who looks exactly like him. His twin. Using the article a ...more
Samantha
3.5 - 4 stars

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. For me, it had a very calming feeling to it. It was relaxing, maybe because the setting is an island that only inhabits the one family and a nature reserve, so there's lots of ocean side descriptions and swimming. Who doesn't love swimming? .. Well, my hubby for one, he's terrified of it. Not the point. XD

So, we start the book off with Billy Grace, but everyone calls him Brother. He's living with his sick grandmother, who has raised him since he
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Maria Ulery
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was quite awesome for the author's first attempt at YA. I have only read a few YA novels and this one I would highly recommend for anyone but esp. YA girls. Brother, real name is Billy is raised by his grandma after his moms death and this poor kid has had it rough. Brother had to drop out of school and get a job and take care of grandma then one day he finds her dead in her sleep. During Brother trying to get things sorted out he finds that he has a twin brother he never knew about an ...more
Cree
Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway-books
I read mostly fantasy, so this contemporary fiction novel territory is alien to me. However, I give this book 3.5 stars for capturing my interest and creating a believable story with believable characters. The pacing was slow and I felt like the ending was abrupt.
Brother, our main character, loses his grandmother, Mem, to breast cancer early in the novel. His world is shattered, then he finds himself looking at a picture of himself in the newspaper--rather of his lost twin brother who happens to
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Janet
Interesting dysfunctional family where two brothers don't know of each others existence until the death of their grandmother. Eventually all the secrets come tumbling out. The main thread is the powerful rich manipulate those who they think are their lessors. Gideon Grayson, is the powerful North Carolina senator who must control everything. And I didn't see it coming as to who Amos actually is, I must have missed the clues.
As a suggestion to the author would you consider redoing this YA title i
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Barbara
Accompanied by his dog Trooper and his best friend's younger brother, seventeen-year-old Brother sets off on a journey to find his roots after the death of his beloved grandmother Mem. How could it be that he is related to a powerful North Carolina Senator and never knew about that. As Brother finds help from Kit, a college girl who befriends him, and others, he realizes that family comes in different forms and places, and that some things simply aren't for sale. Readers will come to like Brothe ...more
Kathy
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved Wild Thing. It was one of those books, that I could not stop recommending and buying for the young people in my life. Since it had been awhile since Wild Thing was written, I went searching for a new book from this author and discovered I had missed Brother Brother. This is a good story, well written, well paced. Meant for kids a little older than the previous book. I think the juxtaposition of the lives of the title characters, the two brothers, make this a book that will keep you readi ...more
Erin
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
The author's writing had a lyrical, mystical style that gelled perfectly with the setting of an island. This had an old gothic quality that reminded me of books I have read in the past and except for cell phone usage, could easily have been set in any time period. The only fault I found with it was when Kit would say something like "Your grandmother always said" but she had never met said grandmother. Still, good old-fashioned story telling and definitely worth an afternoon. ;) (However, the end ...more
Lindsay
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it
As one of the winners of this book giveaway on Goodreads I wanted to write a review on this book as a thank you to the Author and publishers. This was a great book, I really loved it. A wonderful read about perfectly flawed people, even the main character was not perfect which made the book all the better. There is nothing better than a book that has “real” characters and an exciting adventure of self- discovery. This was the first book that I have read from Clay Carmichael, so I did not know wh ...more
Nina
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, realistic-fiction
I'm not usually big on family secrets type of books, but I just kind of fell in love with Brother right away. Despite all the turmoil going on in his life, he remains true to himself and the manners and lessons taught to him by Mem. Kit is pretty cool too, although sometimes her speeches and way of talking seemed a little too adult to be believable. And of course Trooper, the amazing and sort of psychic pup, really made the story complete. This was really a story about the characters and Clay di ...more
Cory B
Dec 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
This was a good book. The characters were well done. It didn't dawdle too much, which was good. But the ending was more about the character's growth, and not necessarily where the story ended. It kind of left me hanging. True, it had made it seem like everything would be fine, but it didn't show that, and I don't think it was going to be that easy for them. But it gives us a happily ever after. Otherwise, I liked it. It was a book about a teenage boy that was a little different from most; no dys ...more
Julie
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In an intelligent and compassionate novel, teenaged Brother takes a road trip to the North Carolina beach to claim his birthright. Engaging dialogue enhances the vivid sense of place with well-realized characters, young and old and man and beast, that inform the richly observed dynamics of family and friendship. Honest, clever and with a tantalizing cover that hints at secrets and mysteries to come.
Jane
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
The story asks the age-old question, is it nature or nurture that makes a man? It was an interesting entertaining read, but not riveting. If you are looking for fast-paced excitement, look elsewhere. If you are looking for a steady coming of age story with a dash of courage and adventure, then this book is for you.
Lynda
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Brother's grandmother dies and then he discovers he is one of a twin brother separated as a young boy. He goes in search of his lost family, and finds an unexpected new one and who he really is in the face of what he is not. This started out slow - I wasn't even sure I liked the main character, but then he meets Kit and everything changes. It even has a smart dog!
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