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We Contain Multitudes (2019)

– tekijä: Sarah Henstra

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As penpals for a high school English assignment, poetry-loving sophomore Jonathan and popular-athlete senior Adam explore their growing relationship through a series of letters.

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First off, I always like a book that refers to other books. It makes me hope that whomever reads the book will also want to read the books that have been mentioned.
We Contain Multitudes is taken from Whitman's poem 'Song of Myself' (I am large, I contain multitudes. I concentrate toward them that are nigh, I wait on the door-slab. ... To think that we are now here, and bear our part! ). Beautiful.
We Contain Multitudes is a book told from two perspectives through letters written to each other. Another of my favourite formats for books. Poetry and letters... what's not to love? ( )
  kpolhuis | Apr 20, 2021 |
holy cow. these sweet, sweet boys, Little Jo, Kurl. My heart beats for you and I wish you both the best.
  __conni | Aug 7, 2020 |
This book.

This is a difficult one to read. It’s full of things that I didn’t want to happen, things that hurt and things that seemed unforgivable.

But this book is about life and life is messy. Loving someone is messy. When you’re young and struggling and hurting ... sometimes your hurt the people who are on your side.

I don’t even know what to write. But this book is beautiful. It’s moving, lovely, terrifying, heart-breaking and .... strangely enough, funny.

Read it. ( )
1 ääni KinzieThings | Jun 16, 2020 |
The treatment of the primary subject matter of this book--the overlay of the burgeoning relationship between two teenage boys, one of them presumed not to be gay at the outset and the other openly so--on top of their respective home and school lives moved me tremendously. I wanted very much to arrive at an overall high opinion of this book. But so much about it rankled me repeatedly.

The book is written in epistolary style. I appreciate what the author was attempting to achieve with it, but it fell flat much of the time. In another book written in this style, "Up the Down Staircase", we learn about events and characters entirely through notes, memorandums, graffiti, personal letters, and homework assignments that convey events and situations to recipients who didn't observe them. Author Henstra adopted this style, exclusively in the form of letters between the two primary characters--who, after the story gets underway, see each other almost every day and participate in many of the recounted activities together. They write to convey their impressions to each other but, because WE have to be told what's going on, they're forced to recount, at length, events that they experienced together. Henstra understood the problem with this--and so she addressed it by having the characters acknowledge it--and explain it away unconvincingly, so that it continued to hobble my ability to appreciate the story.

Besides that, at a time of turmoil, the book presents us with an event that I found utterly devastating, a situation that felt so repugnant that I couldn't even countenance an eventual reconciliation. It just felt icky, and it continued to disturb me in waves over the next two days. The way the reconciliation transpired fought an uphill struggle against credibility.

Finally: I figured out within the first page or two that Henstra is Canadian, as she has her characters refer to the "washroom" and recall something that happened in "grade 8". But then I learned that the story is set in Minnesota. It reminded me of the TWO times I've heard the movie actor Henry Cavill, playing Americans, rhyme "been" with "bean" as they do in his homeland, the UK, but also in Canada. Ms. Henstra (and Mr. Cavill's dialect coach), take note: Shibboleths shall be your undoing.

My three-star rating reflects my appreciation for the handling of the core theme of gay adolescents and relationships between them. If not for that, I would have marked it down further. ( )
  Dromadaire | Dec 24, 2019 |
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When I first started reading this I loved the concept of writing letters, but as I read on it bothered me that they were still writing letters even after they've gotten together.

This deals with a lot of heavy topics which made it a good read. The one plot in the book I didn't really like, which brought my rating down a bit.

The ending was okay, I thought it came together too fast and too perfect. ( )
  Teri-Ann | Sep 16, 2019 |
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Teoksen muut nimet
Alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi
Tärkeät paikat
Tärkeät tapahtumat
Kirjaan liittyvät elokuvat
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Epigrafi (motto tai mietelause kirjan alussa)
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