Monday, December 26, 2011


I snuck this book in under the read-it-in-2011 wire.  I read it based on the recommendation of Andrew Smith. You should read it too.

You're either going to love it or hate it.  I loved it and hated it depending on the position of the sun as I was reading.

It's a dissection of the complexities of the father-son dynamic.  But done so in a rather unusual way–through grave-digging.

We say that there shouldn't be boy books or girl books–and in some respects that may be true–but this is definitely a boy book.  Girls will read it, girls will like it (or hate it), but they will never be able to truly understand it.

That's not a judgement.  It's not a dig.  It's a fact.  It's biology.  Only someone born a son can fully appreciate the horrific complexities of the father-son dynamic.

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