One of the Boys

One of the Boys

Large Print - 2017
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"A riveting and emotionally harrowing debut about two young brothers and their physically and psychologically abusive father--One of the Boys is 160 perfect, stunning pages by a major new talent"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432841416
1432841416
Branch Call Number: LARGE PRINT Magariel 2017
Characteristics: 323 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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okbookgirl
May 18, 2017

Very scary and disturbing story...but so well written that I couldn't put it down. Not the kind of book I usually read (i.e., children in peril) but this one caught me. I picked it up because it had a good recommendation by George Saunders, but now I will look forward to both Mr. Saunders' and Mr. Magariel's next books.

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abcDena
May 11, 2017

This was a really good story with characters you really want to unpack, but Magariel -- I'm sure for some reason -- left the characters a bit flat. I wanted to know so much more about this fractured family. The relationship between the two brothers is heartbreakingly real if you know what it's like to protect a sibling or be protected by one from familial abuse. The back-and-forth relationship with their absent mother is mystifying, alluring -- but remains a dropped thread by the end of the book. A bit more tightness in plot and character development would've made this a solid 4-star affair.

However, Magariel's writing is something to be enjoyed and savoured. It veers from conversational and observational to poetry, sometimes so seamlessly it leaves you astounded. I re-read certain parts to the point of tears, then moved on for "plot development" :) Sometimes I get so hung up on how a writer writes, that the story stops mattering.

But now let me tell you why I'm giving this 4 stars, despite its foibles. One, Magariel's writing. Two, I can complain about minor details all I want, but the fact is, I was in a mishap this week that's interfering with my usual activities, but I had to finish reading this book. My hands are sore and swollen, I can't hold the hardcover I got from the library, so I finished reading the eBook copy on my iMac. Praise good stories.

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