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Posted September 20, 2012
A great premise, but only average execution The reader learns
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A great premise, but only average execution
The reader learns early on that Boaz is coming home from his time serving overseas. Boaz's younger brother, Levi, excitedly awaits Boaz's return, hoping that things will go back to normal. But Boaz returns from war a changed man. He is distant, and removed. Boaz spends all of his time locked in his room, not speaking to anyone. Levi worries for his brother, and he tries and reconnect with him. When Boaz vanishes again, lying to his parents about where he is going, Levi follows Boaz. Determined to figure out how to get his brother back, Levi embarks on a journey to figure out who his brother has become after his tour, and how he can get him back home again. This novel shows just strong the bonds of brotherhood are, and what brothers will do for one another. This novel explores the relationship between two brothers and the power of family. A book not about siblings, The Things a Brother Knows also examines the lasting impacts of war. Although well done, this book was not as emotionally charged as I was expecting. It was good, but it had the potential to be great. The humor is somewhat dry, and the whole book comes across a little flat. This book is definitely more for younger readers. All in all, The Things a Brother Knows was a simple read to pass the time, nothing more, nothing less.
Posted January 13, 2012
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