Sunday, January 9, 2011

FitG Update: The Brothers Torres


Synopsis (copied from Goodreads):

Frankie Towers has always looked up to his older brother, Steve. And with good reason—Steve is a popular senior gets whatever he wants: girls, a soccer scholarship, and—lately—street cred. Frankie, on the other hand, spends his time shooting off fireworks with his best friend, Zach, working at his parents' restaurant, and obsessing about his longtime crush, Rebecca Sanchez.

Although Frankie has some reservations, he doesn’t spend much time thinking about about Steve's crusade to win the respect of the local cholos. Then Frankie gets into a fistfight with John Dalton—longtime nemesis of Steve's, and the richest, preppiest kid in their New Mexican high school. After the fight, Steve takes Frankie under his wing, and Frankie’s social currency begins to rise. The cholos who used to ignore him start to recognize him; he even lands a date to Homecoming with Rebecca.

But after another incident with Dalton, Steve is bent on retaliating. Frankie starts to think that his brother is taking this respect thing too far. Soon he'll have to make a choice between respecting his brother and respecting himself.

In an honest and humorous debut novel, Coert Voorhees examines what it means for a young man to come of age. A compelling look at where loyalty ends and the self begins.


Read my full review here.

In a nutshell:

Excellent book, but if potty-talk bothers you, read with caution. There's also a hot-and-heavy scene near the end that I kind of skimmed because I personally don't like reading in great detail about characters' backseat make-out sessions.

Besides that (and maybe because of it), Voorhees gives his readers a very realistic portrayal of a sophomore boy's struggle to figure out how he relates to his older brother. I was impressed by the writing, the plot, and the unforgettable characters. There were natural consequences, but the book never crossed over into "preachy" territory. And I loved the minor characters as much as the major ones. Voorhees has a talent for staying out of the stereotype pit.

Great read!

6 comments:

  1. Great review. I've always written about girls, but would love to have a male lead. This one sounds intriguing!

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  2. potty-talk?@! gasp!

    sounds like a good read.

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  3. Amy, how do you FitGers decide which books to read?

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  4. Thank you. As an author I am extremely interested in debut novels since I hope to be joining their ranks soon. I am always on the lookout for good novels for boys.

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  5. Beth - I've written about females too, so it's always a nice change to read a book with a male protag. I hope you get the chance to read it!

    Chris - LOL! I know. Shocking, isn't it? ;)

    Krista - Everyone makes their own list based on where they think their reading "gaps" are. Since I spent so much time in China with a limited YA selection, my "gap" was YA and MG. A lot of people are reading the classics they never read or books that they always meant to read but never got around to reading. It's a great project; very flexible. I love having a book list!

    Lupe - that's you leaving the comment, right? Hi! Yes, definitely check out this book. He does a good job of getting into a teenaged boy's head.

    Amy

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  6. This sounds like a gritty read, which means I'd probably like it. I can handle some bad language, as long as it isn't thrown in there for no good reason. Thanks so much for the juicy details!

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