Samuel Gerard is just your average teen: he hangs out at the bike jumps or at the mall with his friends, finds creative ways to avoid schoolwork, and repeatedly asks his parents questions that he knows have no answer. But when his dad leaves on a quest to ‘save the world,’ Samuel’s life takes a turn – a big turn.
Starting the day after his fath er leaves, Samuel finds himself on a dizzying, often humorous series of adventures, from being covered in leeches to accidentally blowing up his friend’s garage, from cheering up his mom to supervising his feisty grandma, from making out with the most popular girl in school to a life-changing fight with school bullies. As Samuel tries to sort out the world around him, he gradually finds himself at crossroads of religion and community, family and friends, newfound love and deep-seated hatred, all of which threatens to pull apart his neighborhood – and his family. And in the end, when violence in the community comes to a frightening peak, Samuel is faced with a tough choice: let things continue on a dangerous path, or make a personal sacrifice for peace?
This book journey’s through the young life of Samuel Gerard. He hangs out with his friends, loves to go out and bike ride, experiences his first kiss, among many other things. This book is actually quite interesting! There were times that I laughed out loud, others where I shed tears and many where the thing he said just brought a smile to my face. I could totally relate to Samuel! His character is just so honest and you know as a kid, one battles with what’s wrong or right. There was a lot of religious battles that went on in this novel, because of Samuel’s father and I loved how Raschke made Samuel’s world fit into mine. The one and only thing that I did not like about this novel was the abundant amount of stereotypes against Mexicans. I just completely found it very hurtful in a way, although I will say this, it was kind of necessary for the book. I just wished that there wasn’t as much in it. That being said, this story will leave you completely transfixed into this teens world and will make you question everything you’ve ever known! Def a must read! I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws.
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