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Ben Campbell’s life is thrown into turmoil when his dad announces that he is divorcing Ben’s mother, and then chooses a boyfriend! Ben is furious that his dad would destroy their family and plots revenge. If he find trouble, he is there. And he brags about it. Make the old man’s life miserable. So what does his father do? Plunks him down into population 400 Normal, Montana. Let the games begin. Did I mention Ben arrives with spiked hair? A real hit in a cowboy community. Soon the plot thickens as Ben discovers that even a town of 400 has some secrets.

ENDERS’ Rating: ****

Michael Harmon’s Website

I liked having a NY author share how the sorrow of three teens affected their perceptions of the world and their relationships. Claire, Jasper and Peter’s lives intertwine starting at a party the night prior to the twin towers attack on September 11, 2001, and gel a year later. I like the fact that Levithan shows how a traumatic experience of a city and of a nation affects individual lives. My favorite image of the book was the candle re-lighting, never letting a person’s light go out.

ENDERS’ Rating: Liked these characters!

David Levithan’s Website

Garth has more than being short for his age as a problem: his father drowned sailing, and he is gay, but no one knows beside his mom and Lisa, Garth’s best friend. Mom is constantly tired and does not want to deal with Garth coming out, and she is afraid some looney will harm him. Then Uncle Mike, twin brother to his dad shows up to stay for a few weeks. Before Garth knows it he is involved with Mike’s money making scams. Before he knows it, Mike helps him be comfortable with himself. Before he knows it, there is trouble. Congrats to Ryan on his characterization, particularly Garth, Lisa and the dog-loving old lady! This YA novel can be enjoyed on so many levels, and a good discussion: we do trust Mike?

ENDERS Rating: Good read

I love this book more every time I think about it.
It is so spot-on about the isolation felt by high schoolers. The story begins with the obvious outsiders: a crazy-haired ten-year-old Henry, new to the neighborhood and alone with his dictionary; and an introspective junior, Alex, who cannot reclaim himself after drinking poison at a party. Alex’s friends and brother, senior-success-story James, distance themselves from him, unable to connect with someone who tries to knock himself off. How weird is that, anyway? So who catches Henry’s eye, but Alex, a lifeline that Henry grabs when his mother disappears for a few days.
In the next chapter James begins his narration about the distance between him and his abnormal brother, his inability to bond to very sexy Alice, his worries about acceptance to Duke, and the boring craziness of senior year and all its parties. Added to this, Alex’s former buddy Trevor, hovers around him like a fruit fly.
In the alternating narrations Alex and James find themselves circling each other to reestablish their brotherhood. Only when Alex discovers running and Nathan can the brothers reconnect. As they both worry about Henry they discover the goodness and compassion in each other.
Yep, really liked this one.

ENDERS Rating: Great for mature teens not afraid to look in the mirror.

Martin’s Website