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Stick: A Novel – tekijä: Andrew Smith

Stick: A Novel (vuoden 2015 painos)

– tekijä: Andrew Smith (Tekijä)

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Thirteen-year-old Stark "Stick" McClellan's brother has always defended him against those who tease him for his thinness and facial deformity, so when Bosten, having admitted he is gay, must leave home and their abusive parents, Stick sets out to find him.
Teoksen nimi:Stick: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Andrew Smith (Tekijä)
Info:Square Fish (2015), Edition: Reprint, 320 pages
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Stick (tekijä: Andrew Smith)


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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 11) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Review I've been a huge fan of Andrew Smith since I read Ghost Medicine, and I thought I'd read all his books. So it was a surprise to discover this one I'd never heard of before. So I quickly snapped it up for my Kindle and dove right in.

Stark (or Stick as he gets called because of his height) is fourteen and was born missing an ear. Years of bullying about it have made him self-conscious about it so he rarely leaves the house without a hat. His older brother Bosten does his best to protect Stick, but he can't be there all the time. And even if he can stave off the school bullies, there's no way he can keep Stick (and himself) safe from the abuse at home.

Luckily both Bosten and Stick have good friends with families who embrace them - Stick with Emily and Bosten with Paul 'Buck" Buckley. But as they get older, the friendships turn into something more. Stick discovers he likes kissing Emily and when her parents are out of the house, sharing a bath.

When Stick comes across Bosten and Paul kissing in the woods and realizes Bosten is gay, he knows this isn't going to go down well at home. So he keeps Bosten's secret. But Bosten's secret is exposed anyway, and the only way Bosten can stay safe is to leave home.

Unable to feel safe or whole without Bosten, Stick leaves too, unsure where Bosten is, but suspecting he may have gone to their aunt's, the one place they felt loved and accepted for who they are. On the way Stick finds good people who genuinely seem to care about him and his well-being, and others who do terrible things.

Despite the challenges - some of them terrifying - Stick keeps going, certain that he'll find his brother and the safe, loving home he knows he deserves.

I loved this book. Stick was such an endearing character and the relationship between him and Bosten was beautifully realized. It was clear that the pair of them had stuck together through all kinds of indignities and horrors meted out by their parents.

The contrasts between their home with its rules and petty demands and the homes of their friends and most particularly their aunt were well drawn, and Stick's amazement as the differences felt very real.

There are some very obvious parallels between this book and my own Standing Too Close, so that may be why I responded so much to it (and hello, new comp title!)

But that aside, this is a powerfully emotional story with a spunky central character with a raw, real voice. I definitely recommend it. ( )
  Vampyr14 | Feb 18, 2021 |
I really enjoyed this book. This is the kind of teen/young adult writing I enjoy. It has real substance. Two teenage boys look out for each other because their home life is abusive and they are constantly walking on eggshells around their parents. The brothers have a great relationship. The younger brother was born with a physical deformity and is sometimes the subject of bullying, but the real terror in their life comes from home. The boys have a couple of close friends they also rely on, but, like many people who suffer from abuse, they keep the secrets of their family instead of reaching out for help. That's not the only secret the older brother is keeping. He is also gay and knows that's a secret he also can't tell. This is a great story of brothership, love, intolerance, acceptance. The book was published in 2011, but I couldn't tell when the story was supposed to be set. It sometimes felt like the 1960s or the 1980s - like it was before cell phones or the internet. It didn't detract from the story, but it left me wondering. ( )
  originalslicey | Jul 18, 2020 |
Definitely older teen - graphic language, sexual content ( )
  keindi | Jan 23, 2016 |
Enjoyed this. Even though the plot got pretty far-fetched at times, I was really attached to the characters. ( )
  LouisVillains | Mar 18, 2014 |
This is a story of a 14 year old boy named Stark nicknamed Stick,and his brother Bosten. Stick was born with one ear and is bullied for being deformed. Their parents are abusive and the love between the two brothers shows as they try to protect each other from their them.

When Stick finds out his brother is gay he fears for his brothers life knowing he would not survive the abuse from his father. Bosten leaves home for his own safety. Stick follows him and in his search for his brother he mets up with some good and bad people along the way. This story is about Stick and his love for his brother and Stick finding his own way.

I would recommend and rated it 4 stars.

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  TanaT | Aug 7, 2013 |
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Thirteen-year-old Stark "Stick" McClellan's brother has always defended him against those who tease him for his thinness and facial deformity, so when Bosten, having admitted he is gay, must leave home and their abusive parents, Stick sets out to find him.

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