Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Lynch, Chris. Angry Young Man.

Lynch, Chris Angry Young Man
Simon & Schuster/Little Brown 2011 176p 16.99
978-0-68984-790-5 hs Family, alienation, terrorism VG-BN

Older brother Robert narrates this compelling tale of his impoverished family, but mostly his younger brother Alexander (Xan) who has become involved with a radical group advocating violence as a means to their ends. A realistic and engrossing look at anger, terrorism and family dynamics, this latest novel by Chris Lynch is sure to strike a chord with teen readers, especially boys. The tension is palpable as Robert narrates the story of his well-meaning and passionate younger brother, as he falls in with a radical group. Readers will wonder who is at fault - Xan, Robert, their struggling mother, or society at large. A fast-paced and creepy thriller, yet short and compelling enough for even the most reluctant reader. Readers will be on the edges of their seats as the story progresses, and will not be able to put it down until the realistic ending. Conflict Naismith, Pat

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