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Angry Young Man

2.95  ·  Rating details ·  320 ratings  ·  78 reviews
In Angry Young Man, award-winning author Chris Lynch takes us into the mind of a boy whose journey of self-discovery leads to the unthinkable.
Hardcover, 167 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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Meredith Holley
Beautiful. I woke up on the morning I started reading this book and went down to my first breakfast at the new resort I was staying at for the last leg of my trip to Zanzibar. The girl I was with slept fourteen hours every night (hi, Miranda!), so I always had the mornings to myself at that resort. I went up to the waiters to find out how to order breakfast because it was never the same at any of the hotels.

The mustachioed waiter said, “This is where you write your order,” and showed me the she
Jan 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, ya, 2, starred-2011
2.5 stars

A menacing cover, a title promising darkness and danger... and the story itself just doesn't deliver.

What kind of person becomes a terrorist? Violent? Crazy? Not necessarily. Lynch offers a very convincing portrait of such a person - a teen without a father figure, sensitive, vulnerable, tender, easily influenced, unable to fend for himself or fit in, inevitably bullied and, yes, sympathetic.

The strength of Angry Young Man is in characterization. Troubled Alexander (Xan) as seen throug
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
Let's get this straight - I didn't hate the book. I know I gave it only one star, but I have my reasons.

First, I LOVE the cover. It's kind of simple but it just tells me so much. It just tells me that this book will be about an angry young man and there will be trouble. Yes, trouble. I'd rate this as one of my favorite covers because I think it says so much while being so simple.

I liked the story about meeting his father. I thought that was pretty funny though it didn't have much to do with the
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
The main pov character was such an asshole for most of the book, in general and toward his brother in particular. The ending was good though.
Leigh Collazo
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
This book does have a positive message about turning your life around, even after you have royally messed up. I like how close the brothers are, even though they are quite competitive and Robert does not initially seem to realize how much his teasing affects Xan. Xan and Robert are well-drawn characters that evoke reader sympathy.

A slice of life story about a family in hard times, this short novel just didn’t move me the way it should have. Nothing much really happens. Xan definitely gets in ove
Brian Kelley
Feb 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Of the tall stack of YA books I've read since early November, I struggled the most with Chris Lynch's Angry Young Man. I just couldn't read through a chapter without feeling like I was wasting my time, but I pushed through the book anyway to be fair. At times it took me two to three sittings per chapter to move through it; I found other distractions easily...such as filling the dog's water dish.

No offense to the author intended, but I really felt like I wasted my time with this novel.

(Note: I c
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Chris Lynch, you still have it in you!

After being thoroughly disappointed by INEXCUSABLE and wanting to hug SINS OF THHE FATHERS for the rest of my life and being thoroughly confused by FREEWILL and not in a good way, I wondered if there was a more inconsistent author than Lynch.

But Angry Young Man is quite the wow book. The humanity of the writing is almost unbearably beautiful. A surprise of AYM was how lovely the female characters were - both Babette and Carly. Babette especially, b
Alexandria Godina
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
WOW- i couldn't believe this got such bad reviews. I loved this book, read it in a day since it was so intriguing and short-which was really nice. I felt like i could easily recommend this to any reader especially those who like a little darker stories. Yes, there were sudden plot endings but you can only expect so much from a short book and i think that is okay sometimes you don't want to read a 400 page book. I enjoyed reading and learning about the dynamic of the brothers relationship and how ...more
Jules Hucke
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Last I checked, people use contractions when they speak. The fact that the characters didn't in this book threw me so much that I could not remotely get into the flow of it. Add to that the weak plot, the lack of depth, and the dullness of the narrator, and this was a doozy of a flop. Only saved from one star by an interesting-ish brither character (who could have been so much more). This book reads like it was written by a tenth grader.
Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 10th grade and up
I'm surprised that so many goodreads readers didn't like this book. I found it funny, insightful and compelling. I thought the brothers' relationship was complex and true to life in that complexity. And there is a scene describing a soccer match that is probably the best description of soccer play that I've ever read. Some language, violence and talk of sex.
Brett Meyer
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
The book that I have read is entitled Angry Young Man by the author Chris Lynch. The book is about two brothers who have two different personalities. The narrator, Robert, is the older of the two brothers and is in college with a job working at an auto shop while the younger brother, Alexander, or also known as Xan, is a shy and lonely person that has no job at the beginning. The story tells how life has been unfair to Alexander and how Robert had it easy. This makes Xan mad and want to make the ...more
Mar 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Jarod Whaley
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I read Angry Young Man by Chris Lynch which is about a lowlife family struggling to get by. The mother has two kids, Alexander and Robert. They both have different dads but are only a year or so apart in age. Roberts dad who makes steady visits to the family, has a grudge against their mother and finds ways to disrupt their life as much as he can. Robert, the perfect child, the one who has it all together and Alexander, the kid without a life, the loser, who doesn’t know where to go with a rough ...more
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
2 stars

I would have liked it better if the story had been from Xan's point of view. Some parts of the story dragged a little bit. I would have connected more to the characters if I knew more about the main character's psychological distress, I would have enjoyed the read more.

Robert's point of view was interesting considering the fact that it's a family member dealing with his brother distress.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Zoë Danielle
Jan 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
I'd actually been meaning to pick up Inexcusable by Chris Lynch for the past few months, but when I had the opportunity to read Angry Young Man I decided to make that my introduction to Lynch instead. Angry Young Man is the story of two brothers, told from the perspective of the older brother Robert, who lives in a small apartment with his little brother Alexander and his mother. The boys have two different fathers and their mother has never married. Robert is taking classes at the local communi ...more
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Angry Young Man is the story of two brothers. The elder, Robert, is our narrator. He's the popular, assured one with the cool girlfriend (Babette), the community college plan, and future goals to be a kids' sports coach. Xan, on the other hand, is the misfit of misfits. It's hard to describe Xan. You really have to read him to get him. He's awkward, super sensitive, socially floundering, and his intensity about injustice rules his life. The book begins with Xan putting on a pair of amber sunglas ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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There are two young men in Chris Lynch's new novel with reason to be angry. Robert and Alexander have been raised by a single mother who struggles to make ends meet. Robert had the unpleasant experience of meeting his father once, while Alexander knows nothing about his sperm donor. The two brothers are different as night and day, but still living at home and still sharing the same tiny room, they have developed a sometimes strained
Jason Kurtz
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Having read Inexcusable and Freewill, I expected much more from Lynch in this novel. I was expecting something horrible to happen with the turn of every page and it never comes to fruition. The title is Angry Young Man but no one seems very "angry", mostly just irritated.

This book does not push the envelope for me and definitely does not live up to the hype of the back cover blurb. "This edgy exploration of what goes on in the mind of someone pushed to the brink examines the seeds of extremism
Deb Geiger
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Angry Young Man by Chris Lynch starts with the words by narrator Robert: "I want you to understand my brother. I don't need you to, so don't get all worked up over it or anything. Ultimately you can do what you like. But I would like for you to understand him. As far as that goes, I'd like to understand him myself."

Twenty-year-old Robert is a stable, responsible community college student who both loves and is mystified by his younger brother Alexander (Xan) who has been a misfit from Robert's e
"Angry Young Man" by Chris Lynch is a book about two brothers who are very different from each other. The older one, Robert, is on a soccer team, has a girlfriend, and goes to classes at a community college. His brother, Alexander (or Xan for short), is more of an introvert. He's talented at soccer, but doesn't like the other team members. He wears tinted glasses to hide glimpses of his soul from other people. Regardless, they live with their mother and try to help her pay bills.
Xan joins an ani
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Review by Jenny F.

Anger can kill; but will Alexander actually do it? He’s had enough of the torment, the lame excuses, and the misery that’s been thrown on top of him, so he joined the Good Causes, a group who says they’re devoted to making the world a little better; however, when they start digging up graves and poisoning doctors, his big brother, Robert, is worried that he’s going overboard. Then robert finds out about the bomb. Deep inside his hear, Robert knows that Alexander is a good pers
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: realistic
Although Xan and Robert are brothers, they’re on the opposite end of the spectrum, and Xan is always in his older brother’s shadow. Robert has a somewhat steady job, goes to the community college and has a girlfriend while Xan is struggling with everything, especially a place to fit into. Robert has always been the one to keep his brother’s temper in check, so what will happen when he has a lapse in judgment?

This book is very hard to summarize because its plot is pretty amorphous, but it’s not
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: high-school
I liked this book about two brothers one a shining star throughout middle school and high school, the other adequately talented, but a victim of bullying and rejection. The setting is post all that, but everyone's got to deal with the past. Lynch kept me guessing about Alexander's relationship with Harry, and actually I was surprised at what it turned out to be.

The writing was very well done, characters well developed, with the voicing of these early young adults at a pace that to me replicated
Oct 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-review, ya
When I think of myself in high school, I remember back to being angry with the status quo, angry with politics, etc. I wrote political poetry for our high school poetry slam team, and our coach dubbed me an angry young man, despite my being a woman and all. I think this makes sense, or at least this time in life, because being a teen is a time of rebellion, testing limits, and not liking the status quo if you are being shafted by it. Angry Young Man by Chris Lynch is a very short contemporary yo ...more
Miz Lizzie
Two brothers living in the inner city with their mother struggle to find purpose and meaningful relationships in their lives. Told by Robert, the older brother who has a girlfriend and a part-time job and attends community college as he seeks to understand Alexander, his sensitive misfit unemployed younger brother whom he both loves and picks on. Robert's voice is strong and engaging. The novel swiftly appears to be a study of the forces that draw angry young men to become terrorists. But, then, ...more
Sandra Stiles
Dec 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Alexander and Robert are brothers. Alexander has grown up unable to really fit in with society in general. His brother sticks up for him, tries to keep him under control all the while tormenting him because he can. Robert's dream is to become a P.E. Teacher. He is surprised to find his brother auditing a course at the same community college he attends. As his brother's behavior becomes even more strange he has to wonder about the class and the group his brother has gotten mixed up with. Just how ...more
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: male, odd, politics
It never did quite get it together. I was waiting for some really big unveiling of Xan's issues told from the perspective of his eighteen year old brother who lives in the same room (the brother who has it together, Robert). It seems like he's got autism and is protected by Robert and his mother. Yet, the story begins to diverge in a few directions-- a shark trying to get money from their single mother, Robert's girlfriend, Robert's job and life and then all of a sudden Xan is hanging out with a ...more
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Alexander is disturbed. Yeah, part of it has to do with Alexander’s serious personality, quick temper, but when he joins a domestic terrorist group, something deeper is going on here than a typical moody teenager.

Unfortunately, we never really explore that depth. The author provides the beginnings of what could make for an excellent psychological study and then falls flat. To say that the book is bad would be misleading. I finished it after all, and I don’t finish what I don’t think is worth my
Liam Cape
This book is about two brothers, Robert and his brother who's name is Alexander but likes to be called Xan. Xan is a nerd with no friends but Robert has a girlfriend and is on the city soccer team. One day Robert bring Xan to the field to make him play and he is really good. They try to get him on the team but there is no spots left on the team. The coach even wants him on the team. I have only been reading this for a week so this is the only thing that's really happened. I like that Robert and ...more
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Chris Lynch is the Printz Honor Award-winning author of several highly acclaimed young adult novels, including KILL SWITCH, ANGRY YOUNG MAN, and INEXCUSABLE, which was a National Book Award finalist and the recipient of six starred reviews. He is also the author of FREEWILL, GOLD DUST, ICEMAN, GYPSY DAVY, and SHADOWBOXER, all ALA Best Books for Young Adults; EXTREME ELVIN WHITECHURCH, and ALL THE ...more
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