[Epub] The Things a Brother Knows By Dana Reinhardt – Snackgo.co.uk

The Things a Brother Knows The Things a Brother Knowsfollows the story of seventeen year old Levi, whose older brother, Boaz, had just returned home after serving in the U.S military for three years Levi noticed that his older brother was different than what he was before he left home After investigating what his older brother was up to, he found out that Boaz is leaving home again to meet up with people that Levi doesn t recognize Levi decided to follow Boaz without him knowing in order to uncover his mysterious mot The Things a Brother Knowsfollows the story of seventeen year old Levi, whose older brother, Boaz, had just returned home after serving in the U.S military for three years Levi noticed that his older brother was different than what he was before he left home After investigating what his older brother was up to, he found out that Boaz is leaving home again to meet up with people that Levi doesn t recognize Levi decided to follow Boaz without him knowing in order to uncover his mysterious motives The book was good, in my opinion, and the book delves into the idea of what a brother means The book was easy read and used language that is commonly used today I also liked the character development in the book For example, throughout the book Levi developed as a character in that he didn t really liked how his brother was a different person in the beginning of the story, but came to understand what his brother has been through and why he was like that way Overall, the story was good and I quite enjoyed it. I am currently on page 46 of 242 in The Things a Brother Knows So far I have enjoyed the book since it fits my tastes and is a realistic fiction book I will give a brief idea of the book so far without any spoilers This book is about a boy whose intelligent and successful brother enlists in the marines rather than going to any high level college of his choice The book doesn t show what happened durring the war, but what happened after His brother won t leave his room and has changed a lot s I am currently on page 46 of 242 in The Things a Brother Knows So far I have enjoyed the book since it fits my tastes and is a realistic fiction book I will give a brief idea of the book so far without any spoilers This book is about a boy whose intelligent and successful brother enlists in the marines rather than going to any high level college of his choice The book doesn t show what happened durring the war, but what happened after His brother won t leave his room and has changed a lot since the war The book does a great job illustrating the emotional challenges of war and definitely gets you thinking This is one of those books I think everyone should read As a wife of a military man and coming from a long line of military folks, I m already biased toward this book That said, I ll admit that this book was hard to get into at the beginning It moved slowly, was a bit confusing and aggravating the way nothing seemed to happen or change BUT, thinking back on the times I ve faced similar circumstances of soldier homecomings, this is exactly what it is like The author has done an amazing job o This is one of those books I think everyone should read As a wife of a military man and coming from a long line of military folks, I m already biased toward this book That said, I ll admit that this book was hard to get into at the beginning It moved slowly, was a bit confusing and aggravating the way nothing seemed to happen or change BUT, thinking back on the times I ve faced similar circumstances of soldier homecomings, this is exactly what it is like The author has done an amazing job of portraying the confusion, waiting, desperation and frustration that a family feels with a soldier s homecoming The road trip portion of the story was lovely Perhaps a bit unrealistic for the majority of soldiers but, in this case, was written with strong enough characters to pull it off Although it seems to end abruptly, to anyone having gone through something similar it will be familiar there s a point where you either give up or move on Poignant story, would be fabulous ifpeople would read it and understand that sometimes even heroes fall, even if it s only done in the privacy of their own home with only their family as witnesses Read and reviewed for Arkansas Teen Reads Awards Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.comBoaz is coming home That s what the reader learns early on Boaz is everything that the narrator, Levi, is not Boaz was the star athlete at school He could have his pick of colleges and scholarships And at least according to Levi , he had the most gorgeous girlfriend in the world But against everyone s wishes, especially their parents , Boaz enlists in the Marines.The Katznelsons had relocated to the United States from Israel Boaz s parents can t und Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.comBoaz is coming home That s what the reader learns early on Boaz is everything that the narrator, Levi, is not Boaz was the star athlete at school He could have his pick of colleges and scholarships And at least according to Levi , he had the most gorgeous girlfriend in the world But against everyone s wishes, especially their parents , Boaz enlists in the Marines.The Katznelsons had relocated to the United States from Israel Boaz s parents can t understand his need to join the military After all, they are not in Israel any, and in the United States, it s not mandatory to enlist But Boaz has a need inside that he can t convey to his family.Now, it is three years later, and Boaz is home.THE THINGS A BROTHER KNOWS is told through the eyes of Boaz s high school brother, Levi The two used to be close before Boaz started driving in high school Now, Levi just wants to know what makes Boaz tick Since Boaz arrived home, he s been locked in his room Levi knows that something is wrong with his brother, but the rest of the family won t admit that Boaz has changed.When Boaz asks to borrow Levi s computer, Levi begins to snoop at the web sites Boaz is visiting Levi discovers that Boaz is planning a trip to various locations down the East Coast But he can t figure out the final destination, nor what Boaz wants to do on the trip Boaz tells their parents that he wants to travel the Appalachian Trail Levi knows it s a big lie, but he s consumed with the why of the trip rather than anything else Levi manages to catch up with Boaz on his walk, and the two brothers work their way to Boaz s final destination.I have to admit that this is the first book by Dana Reinhardt I truly loved I enjoyed HOW TO BUILD A HOUSE quite a bit, but THE THINGS A BROTHER KNOWS, I loved Levi Katznelson what a great last name was a spirited, sarcastic at times character that you just had to love He reminded me a lot of the characters that John Green creates The story is definitely not an easy topic and very relevant in today s climate, but it was one that needed to be told And is told well.Levi s persistence slowly works its magic on his brother, and by the end of the story, all is revealed, though the ending may not be what the reader is expecting There are highs and lows in the story that work beautifully together to tell the turmoil of one returning soldier, and the brother who loves him and wants to understand what happened to change him so much The book The Things A Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt is an extraordinary book I give this book four out of five stars because of all the wonderful things in it The book feelslike a true story and a lotrelatable to people because some people really do have family that go into the military and come back maybe a little less connected with their family My favorite thing about the book is the overall message because it is easy to relate to The message is that every life decision The book The Things A Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt is an extraordinary book I give this book four out of five stars because of all the wonderful things in it The book feelslike a true story and a lotrelatable to people because some people really do have family that go into the military and come back maybe a little less connected with their family My favorite thing about the book is the overall message because it is easy to relate to The message is that every life decision you make affectsthan just you It shows this through the main character named Boaz Boaz graduates high school then decided to join the marines and fight oversea When he leaves his whole family suffers His mother cleans nonstop, his brother, Levi slowly stops looking up to him and does not believe in war Boazs ex girlfriend, Christina does not believe he used all his smarts to his power The town is in static because Boaz is considered a hero in his town All of these people are just some of the people Boaz affected when he chose to join the military The message was my favorite due to the realness of the book I also loved the connection in the book Even though Boaz and Levi were drifting they still found their way back to each other I found that part so interesting because its what happens in real life too Two brothers could be fighting yet if one of them ever needs help they would be there for each other That is why I was very impressed with the connection between the two brothers The reason that I only gave it four out of five stars was due to the amount of things I really wish that the book spenttime talking about Boaz in the war and all of Boaz friends from high school Basically just a littleon Boazs history and past so it helps us understand him eventhan we already do That is why I gave the book four out of five stars I don t often enjoy YA fiction, but I won t rule it out if it looks like a good story Actually, I m finding that I like YA realism in a stand alone format where there is little or no romance Anyway, I picked this up mostly because I saw the name Brother , and then I fell in love with the cover After I read the synopsis I had to take it home I picked up this book at 11 50 last night because I was tired, but not ready to go to bed and I needed something a bit lighter than On Writing to he I don t often enjoy YA fiction, but I won t rule it out if it looks like a good story Actually, I m finding that I like YA realism in a stand alone format where there is little or no romance Anyway, I picked this up mostly because I saw the name Brother , and then I fell in love with the cover After I read the synopsis I had to take it home I picked up this book at 11 50 last night because I was tired, but not ready to go to bed and I needed something a bit lighter than On Writing to help me settled I finished three hours later with misty eyes and a conflicted heart I might have dreamed of it This book tackles some really tough topics like war, PTSD, family love, and what it means to be a man Firstly, this doesn t often factor into my reading, but this is very diverse book The MC is an Isreali boy, son of an Immigrant and the American woman he fell in love with That fact seeps through the entire narrative without being entirely essential to the plot There is also a Chinese girl who was adopted at ten Disabled characters And realistic depictions of people of all ages, including the MC s grandfather one of the biggest faults I find in YA lit today is the tendency to demonize adults and older people as being backward and stuck in their ways or in some cases, even dangerous and hateful I also feel like the depictions of a soldier with PTSD in this book is very accurate PTSD is a bit of an overused trope in fiction, but it tends to be very convenient In other words, the MC can be really emotional at a moment and have a nightmare or something, but it doesn t effect them outside of a chance for the author to dump some random emotional backstory that has nothing to do with the text It s one reason why I m often nervous to read a book with a character who has PTSD This book showed other sides, mostly from a family perspective Things that I ve heard from people I am close to who s family members returned from war The MC s older brother locks himself in his room, refuses to eat, stops talking to his family, throws around hateful comments and lashes out at his parents and brother, keeps secrets, refuses to ride in a car, has night terrors, dissociates regularly, lashes out physically even when he s not dissociating or dreaming, which is something a lot of depictions don t take into account and relives events in ways other than the oh so tropey flashback episode I.E with physical sensations, confusion, dissociation, and a heightened fight or flight response I love how this books added all these things, and did talk about the actual events that caused this behavior, but didn t focus on the backstory Instead it focused on the MC, his emotional journey in growing up in a way that he could take care of his brother, and the complexity that these issues really bring up Which brings me to the final point This book doesn t take a stance The book shows both sides of the coin People who wave the flag and claim that the soldier character is a hero, and suddenly care about his family where they never did before And also characters who don t support the war And in the MC character s family, there are actually a lot of conflicting feelings on this the MC himself goes on a journey where he steps away from his antipathy in the situation and can see the human side to the war Not pro war or anti war as he says multiple times Don t get me wrong, this book has a few issues There are a couple of missteps But they do not take away from the whole I wasn t a huge fan of the POV style the book was writing in, but it did remind me of one of my favorite books as a child and sure enough, the author thanked Markus Zusak in the end The author of the book I so fell in love with I ll admit, this book plays all my favorite tropes, so I might be a bit slanted on it But it s rare that I find a book that is both really entertaining, and realistic I highly suggest it, especially if you are an author who wants to write characters with PTSD or character dealing with loved ones with PTSD Levi s brother Boaz joined the Marines at age 18, a sudden and surprising decision for him He comes back after three years at war as Bo, who sleeps on the floor, hides in his room at all times, and refuses to ride in a car anywhere There absolutely needs to be books about this, because how many people see a brother, a husband, a son, a cousin, or a friend go to war and come back a different person The basic plotline is a good and important one.What didn t connect for me were the characters B Levi s brother Boaz joined the Marines at age 18, a sudden and surprising decision for him He comes back after three years at war as Bo, who sleeps on the floor, hides in his room at all times, and refuses to ride in a car anywhere There absolutely needs to be books about this, because how many people see a brother, a husband, a son, a cousin, or a friend go to war and come back a different person The basic plotline is a good and important one.What didn t connect for me were the characters Boaz himself remains an unexplored cipher until the very last page I never feel like I understand him anythan I had on page one Levi is the only character I felt any connection with at all Pearl, one of Levi s friends, felt bizarrelylike a guy s idea of a perfect girl who is a friend than an actual girl Bizarre, because this isn t a male writer It probably hasto do with the very thin characterization pretty much everybody got There s also two romances that come entirely out of left field and are completely unimportant to and even detract from the plot itself They also have zero development and come essentially out of nowhere.Probably people who find this story familiar and relevant to their own lives will enjoy it muchthan I did And there is potential here, but it needed better characterization and less superfluous romance Not every YA needs to feature the main character making out, guys A well written teen novel about soldiers returning home and the families who await them Boaz left home three years ago to enlist and fight in an unspecified foreign war His 17 year old brother Levi is struck by how different the returned Boaz is from the outgoing, popular boy that left Written from Levi s perspective, the author explores multiple relationships in order for each brother to realize what they know about each other and themselves This isn t a long book, and much of the story is A well written teen novel about soldiers returning home and the families who await them Boaz left home three years ago to enlist and fight in an unspecified foreign war His 17 year old brother Levi is struck by how different the returned Boaz is from the outgoing, popular boy that left Written from Levi s perspective, the author explores multiple relationships in order for each brother to realize what they know about each other and themselves This isn t a long book, and much of the story is building up to a climactic final chapter Unfortunately, the ending doesn t quite match the anticipation.This book was required reading for my son entering 9th grade In a way, it s an easy pick for high school classes the multiple relationships provide a wealth of material for discussion and assignments Much time will be spent in class examining Boaz, Levi, and their friends and family Still, wouldn t it be great if someday teachers assigned required reading that teens loved and begged forwhen school began I could easily read another couple hundred pages of this, but at the same time I think it s just long enough.It s concise, but beautifully written in its dryness the kind of writing that once in a while just hits you with a particularly piercing and visual sentence.It tells the story it wants to tell nothing , nothing less in about three hours of reading It s complete, but clearly, tangibly just a beginning.The relationship between siblings is something that s always fascinated me, an I could easily read another couple hundred pages of this, but at the same time I think it s just long enough.It s concise, but beautifully written in its dryness the kind of writing that once in a while just hits you with a particularly piercing and visual sentence.It tells the story it wants to tell nothing , nothing less in about three hours of reading It s complete, but clearly, tangibly just a beginning.The relationship between siblings is something that s always fascinated me, and I love the way it s portrayed here, because it feels real as far as I know, it is, and if it isn t for everyone, I know for certain that it is at least for someone.The entire Katznelson family is one you grow to feel for an incredible amount, despite spending so little time with them in terms of pages.Levi in particular is a wonderful character pretty much an average kid, delightfully normal, butthan a little amazing in his own right, brave and funny, but not in a showy, deliberately humourous way.And Boaz Honestly I still know fuck all about Boaz.But I love him That right there says something about the strength of this story as a novel and as a collective portrait.Picking their relationship back up and working through the space that has come between is an extremely difficult process for Levi and Bo, and the way Reinhardt narrates it you can feel it in your bones And that that s what makes the resolution that is not actually a resolution but will satisfy you all the same all therewarding.It s a delicate but concrete story about friendship, brotherhood and change, with the war in the background a silent, but imposing background.It s the kind of story everyone should read Levi S Older Brother Boaz Returns From Fighting With The Marines In The Middle East He S Safe Levi S Family Has Waited Three Long Years For This But Boaz Is No Longer The Brother Levi Thought He Knew Even If Nobody Else Wants To See It, Levi Can Tell That Boaz Has Changed Something S Wrong When Boaz Announces He S Off To Hike The Appalachian Trail, Levi Knows He S Lying He S Heading Somewhere Else So Levi Follows, Determined To Understand Who His Brother Was, What He S Been Through, And How To Bring Him Home Again


About the Author: Dana Reinhardt

Why don t you have a bio section Because I hate writing about myself.But wouldn t that be easier than answering a whole bunch of FAQs Maybe Probably Go on So where are you from I m from Los Angeles, but now I live in San Francisco Except for the summers where I go back to Los Angeles in search of the sun What are you doing when you aren t writing Laundry, usually Sometimes dishes And I really like to walk near the Golden Gate Bridge Why don t you run instead of walk Running is hard And I m sort of lazy Have you ever had a real job Yes Of course I have I ve waited tables, worked with adolescents in foster care, read the slush pile at a publishing house, and fact checked for a movie magazine I also worked for FRONTLINE on PBS and Peter Jennings at ABC I went to law school, which I know doesn t count as a job, but hey, that was a lot of work What s your writing day like Do you stick to a routine I like to write in the mornings Sometimes that means I have to get up really early I try to write 700 words a day about three pages I know there are lots of writers out there who can write waythan that I know this because writers like to tell you about how many words they ve written on FACEBOOK So I try not to look at FACEBOOK when I m writing And anyway, I ve learned that 700 words are about all I m good for on any given day, and if I writethan that I usually end up getting rid of most of it later What, are you lazy or something I already told you I m lazy But seriously, 700 words are a lot of words 700 of them, to be precise Where do you get your ideas From someplace inside my head That s not really an answer.Yes, it is And it s as honest an answer as I can give Are your books autobiographical Not really I m not adopted, I ve never told a lie that sent someone to jail, I ve never built a house or had a brother go to war But there are always things in my books that come from my life or from the lives of the people around me It would be impossible to make up everything Why do you write young adult fiction Because I was a young adult when I fell in love with reading and I can remember how books made me feel back then How they provided both comfort and escape That might make me sound like a shut in, but I wasn t I was just open to the experience books offered, probablyopen than I am now as an adult And I like writing for that sort of audience What exactly is young adult fiction Lots of people have thought long and hard about this question and have had many intelligent things to say about voice and how YA books can t spend too much time on adult characters, etc I don t have anything to add to the debate except to say that YA should be a place to go in the bookstore or library if you are looking for a coming of age story, no matter how old you are Do you have a favorite book Yes Don t be coy, what is it To Kill a Mockingbird How come there aren t any vampires or wizards in your books Hmmmm good question Maybe I should write about vampires and wizards No, you shouldn t You wouldn t be very good at that.Thanks for the vote of confidence Did you wear a Soupy Sales sweatshirt when you were seven Does anybody even know who Soupy Sales is That s what the Internet is for Don t avoid the question.I m sorry, is this really a Frequently Asked Question No But, c mon, tell us anyway.Yes, I did But I m trying to portray myself as someone who wasn t a total loser So maybe you shouldn t bring that up And it also makes me sound ancient, which I m not Yet I had a Soupy Sales sweatshirt And I loved it It was yellow And really soft You re right It does make you sound like a loser.


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