Tuesday, February 7, 2012


ISBN: 0385735073 (ISBN13: 978038573507
Hardcover, 293 PGS
 Published August 12th 2008 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
JAMES AND ALEX have barely anything in common anymore—least of all their experiences in high school, where James is a popular senior and Alex is suddenly an outcast. But at home, there is Henry, the precocious 10-year-old across the street, who eagerly befriends them both. And when Alex takes up running, there is James’s friend Nathen, who unites the brothers in moving and unexpected ways
    I found this to be an acceptable book, well written and developed but a bit dry.  The characters were okay and the plot seemed like it might go somewhere but it never really did, at least to me.  Being a YA novel there was very little physical contact between the main character, Alex and his never really determined to be boyfriend Nathen.   The older brother, James seemed to drift between not much liking his brother and wanting to be there for him while still keeping him at a safe distance. 
   The switching back and forth between the brothers viewpoints was distracting and pulled me out of the story just as I was getting interested in what was going on each time I had reconnected with one of them.
   For a first novel it was a great effort.  I look forward to future books from this author.

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