Borderline [NOOK Book]

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Borderline is a skewed coming-of-age story of a normal boy in a crazy world -- a fast-paced world of high-tech gismos, global air travel and antibiotics, a world in which high schools have replaced cafeterias with fast food counters and the scourges of autism, asthma, allergies, diabetes and obesity are the norm.

Picture Holden Caulfield today: smart but unfocussed; energetic but restless; creative but disorganized. He's mostly unmotivated, ...
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Overview

Borderline is a skewed coming-of-age story of a normal boy in a crazy world -- a fast-paced world of high-tech gismos, global air travel and antibiotics, a world in which high schools have replaced cafeterias with fast food counters and the scourges of autism, asthma, allergies, diabetes and obesity are the norm.

Picture Holden Caulfield today: smart but unfocussed; energetic but restless; creative but disorganized. He's mostly unmotivated, really messing up at school. He hates his autistic little brother Austin. With his mother obsessed about curing Austin, and his scientist father immersed in his research, Guy, the twelve-year-old Everyman his name implies, gets ignored. "I might as well be the Guy in the moon for all they care," he says.

Meanwhile, Guy's father seeks to replicate the evolution of the dog from their forebears, wolves, by breeding the tamest wolves to the tamest wolves, generation after generation. Guy bonds with JX104, a wolf-dog in his father's dog lab. Wolf, as Guy renames him, is one of the dogs who fall between the cracks. He never does become tame enough to breed, and as a final straw, half-chews someone's hand off. Guy and his friend Matt decided to break Wolf out that night, and to return him to the wilderness. In the end, three boys and one wolf take a ride in a stolen SUV back to the wilderness.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble website - Grady Harp
It is the manner in which Rozanski relates her story - through the eyes and experiences and perceptions of a 12 to 13 year-old boy that makes this a novel of consuming interest. It is beautifully constructed, insightful, sensitive, and entertaining, all the while addressing many issues that are puzzling the public today. It has all the earmarks of a lasting and successful novel. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, September 07
Amazon.com - Gina Hurteau-Jackson
This is a great coming of age book about a preteen to teenage boy who comes from a family dealing with a child who has autism. It's gritty, honest and poignant. It's written from the boy's point of view, so not all the information in the book is accurate, as a lot of information you tried to pry out of your own 13 year old might not be.... I think the author did a great job of capturing the emotions, curiosity, angst and anger of a normal 13 year old boy who feels neglected and left out due to h
TCM Reviews - John Clark
I read it in less than three hours and found myself immersed and totally engaged. Rozanski weaves dietary, health and hereditary issues seamlessly into the story, creating a literary ride that will easily engage both teens and adults. It is a great book for both public and school libraries as well as for anyone who likes a well-written and fast-paced story about families dealing with difficult issues.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013648265
  • Publisher: Bonnie Rozanski
  • Publication date: 8/4/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 205
  • File size: 229 KB

Meet the Author

Bonnie is an author and prize-winning playwright currently living in New Jersey. Born in Queens, New York, she has lived in Hong Kong, Canada and all over the US. With degrees in Psychology and Artificial Intelligence, always fascinated by the human mind, Bonnie writes on matters touching on consciousness and the human condition.

BANANA KISS, Bonnie's debut novel, told from the point of view of a young schizophrenic girl, came out to excellent reviews in 2005. To the many who ask whether the author is writing from experience, Bonnie says, "Not at all. BANANA KISS is based entirely on the application of imagination to months of research on schizophrenia and quantum theory." "On the other hand," she adds after a pause, "I did hear Robin's voice."

Her second novel, BORDERLINE, was a YA finalist at the 2007 Foreword Book of the Year, as well as a silver medalist at that year's Independent Publisher Books awards. Additionally, her ebook SIX CLICKS AWAY was a top winner in the drama category at Red Adept's 2010 Indie Awards.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2007

    A Very Important New Novel About the Eccentricities of our Society

    BORDERLINE is a book that works on so many levels that it is almost unclassifiable. It is a genuinely warm, tender, humorous coming of age story while at the same time being a novel that is smart, informative and illuminating in the fields of genetics, autism as an increasingly proliferating condition, fast food and obesity as national crises, and the overemphasis of pill-popping for invented childhood and adult disorders. Sounds like too much information to compress into one book? Not in the deft hands of author Bonnie Rozanski! For all of the intelligent and interesting information the book contains, the story itself is an amazingly fresh novel, written with great style and sensitivity, a novel than will appeal to just about everyone no matter the age group. Guy Ritter is a twelve-year-old son of a geneticist father, an activist mother, and Guy happens to have a five-year-old brother Austin who is an autistic child. Guy feels extraneous in this family whose focus is on controlling autistic Austin, he has little tolerance for school, and finds some consolation in his obese best friend Matt. Guy's father runs a lab of genetics research, the current project being how to breed wolves to become like docile dogs, and when Guy is finally invited into his father's work life, Guy falls in love with animal # JX104 whom he gradually wins over as a friend and changes his scientific name to 'Wolf' - his new best friend. Guy's life is complicated by his mother's blind devotion to autistic Austin (she is convinced the autism is due to a vaccination!), by Matt's broken home and Matt's grossly obese father who is addicted to junk food from Hamburger Haven (a habit that results in a crisis), and by a distant father whose concerns are dedicated to his scientific work which nearly excludes Guy from existence. The story builds very coherently with mounting tensions on multiple levels (each level a significantly important social malady) until Guy coerces Matt into freeing the soon to be exterminated Wolf from his father's lab of cages. Then with the unexpected help of Austin and the courage to do what is 'right', a completely new beginning to Guy's dissociative life comes into focus. It is the manner in which Rozanski relates her story - through the eyes and experiences and perceptions of a 12 to 13 year-old boy that makes this a novel of consuming interest. It is beautifully constructed, insightful, sensitive, and entertaining, all the while addressing many issues that are puzzling the public today. It has all the earmarks of a lasting and successful novel. Highly recommended. Grady Harp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2007

    Another mesmerizing book from novelist, Bonnie Rozanski

    As she did with Banana Kiss, novelist Rozanski drew me into the story of Borderline, so much so that I didn't want the book to end. Guy is an average pre-teen/teenager, dealing with the normal pangs of growing up. What's different for him, however, is that his younger brother Austin has autism 'or to quote Guy's naïve interpretation, 'austinism'' and Guy has become an invisible member of his family. Surprisingly sensitive, Guy develops a friendship with a wolf at his father's lab, claiming he has done so because he knows the wolf needs him and doesn't have anyone else - mirroring Guy's own experiences thus far. The reader is provided with the opportunity to live Guy's life from his eyes, seeing what he sees, and experiencing what he feels. I was most enthralled by the link between autism and the work that Guy's father does at his lab, especially the exploration of environmental changes and its impact on behavior. I was also intrigued by Guy's parents and how they each dealt with Austin's autism. Guy's best buddy Matt and the doctor who ultimately brings Austin out of his shell were other very compelling characters. Rozanski's second novel is as magnetic as her first. I highly recommend Borderline for adults and teenagers alike.

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