Monday, April 11, 2011

Mandy's Book of the Week (4/11)

I was pleasantly surprised by this book.

This is the story of two brothers, James and Alex.

James is the older brother, a senior in high school.  He is popular, an athlete, and can get pretty much any girl he wants.  He also HATES living where he does (Tuscaloosa, Alabama) and can't wait to get out of Alabama totally.

Alex is a junior, only one year younger than James.  Something is bothering Alex.  He's always been relatively popular and had, what he perceived to be, a good group of friends.  But he's feeling off, like he doesn't fit in.  So at a party one night, he drinks some Pine-Sol (you know, the stuff you clean the toilet with) and ends up at the hospital getting his stomach pumped.  And everyone but his parents essentially abandons him.  His friends don't show up to see how he is.  Even James feels awkward around Alex.  And he becomes an outcast at school.  So why did Alex swallow the Pine-Sol?  Even he can't pinpoint a reason.

This is the story of the fallout after Alex's "suicide attempt."  And it is the story of him rebuilding his life, finding himself, and discovering happiness again.

It isn't a girl book and it isn't a boy book.  It is a book that I think both can enjoy.  I sure did.

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