Hero-type

Hero-type

Paperback - 2008
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Everyone is treating Kevin as a hero. He was in the right place and the right time and he saved a girl from being murdered. Only Kevin knows though, why he was able to save her. Things get even more complicated when Kevin is seen removing two patriotic "Support the Troops" ribbons from his car bumper. Now the town that lauded him as a hero turns on him, calling him unpatriotic. Kevin, who hadn't thought much about it up to then, becomes politcially engaged, suddenly questioning what exactly supporting the troops or even saying the pledge of allegiance every day means.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ©2008
ISBN: 9780547248776
0547248776
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK
Characteristics: 304 pages ; 21 cm

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Feb 11, 2016

Kevin becomes a hero in his hometown after saving classmate Leah from a serial killer. However, the town quickly turns on him after he is spotted throwing away Support the Troops magnets. Kevin is a multi-dimensional, ambiguous narrator with a lot of issues. Kevin tries to relate to his Veteran father, who never wants to discuss his military past. Kevin is estranged from his mother and little brother who moved to California two years earlier. His group of friends is connected only by their outcast status and willingness to do pranks that annoy and horrify the citizens of their town. The book has numerous discussions on support for the military, free speech, fitting in, obsession, and forgiveness.

JINGNA_1 Aug 17, 2013

To be honest, i didn't really like this book. It was kind of boring...

i would also ask others to try this out too. And if you like it, great! If not...

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dprodrig
Jul 24, 2013

Barry likes to create complex scenarios where there is no clear winner, loser, right way or wrong way of thinking. Here we have two boys, both of whose father's served in the US Armed Forces, both with very different ends to their careers squaring off over what does it mean to be patriotic. And try to catch the same girl (who in saving, while stalking, resulted in the larger plot lines). I find parts of this are valid no matter your culture, but other parts were very American in look and feel, which kept distracting me from enjoying this book as much as a I could have.

JINGNA_1 Jul 11, 2013

With my reading partners, we picked this book and thought it might be good, but in my opinion, i didn't really like it. Of course, not everyone shares the same interest as me, so i would also recommend this to others because you know? You might like it!

BookWormChelly Jul 11, 2013

Very good!

Kadie2 Aug 14, 2012

This book is great.

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GyroScope
Apr 28, 2012

Really cool story about how other people can really go overboard on things. Loved this book.

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BookWormChelly Jul 11, 2013

BookWormChelly thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 15 and 20

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