The Absolute Value of -1by Steve Brezenoff
Noah, Lily, and Simon have been a trio forever. But as they enter high school, their relationships shift and their world starts to fall apart. Privately, each is dealing with a family crisisdivorce, abuse, and a parent's illness. Yet, as they try to escape the pain and reach out for the connections they once counted on, they sliplike soap in a shower.
Noah, Lily, and Simon have been a trio forever. But as they enter high school, their relationships shift and their world starts to fall apart. Privately, each is dealing with a family crisisdivorce, abuse, and a parent's illness. Yet, as they try to escape the pain and reach out for the connections they once counted on, they sliplike soap in a shower. Noah's got it bad for Lily, but he knows too well that Lily sees only Simon. Simon is indifferent, suddenly inscrutable to friends. All stand alone in their heartache and grief.
Meet the Author
Steve Brezenoff has written several chapter books for young readers, and The Absolute Value of –1 is his first novel for teens. Though Steve grew up in a suburb on Long Island, he now lives with his wife, their son, and their terrier, in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Read this book. It automatically stood out from the rest of the books on the shelf to me. I begged my mom for it, and she got it from me. It is totally worth it. A story with twist and turns. The ending fit perfectly. It told a story of drugs and dysfunction. A good read for sure.
We all know that no two people are the same. Everyone deals with different situations, everyone has an image they want to project to others, and everyone deals with problems (be they big or small) at some point in their lives. Steve Brezenoff introduces us to Noah, Lily and Simon and gives us a taste of his take on relationships and what brings us together and the distance that is inevitably between us. I've really become a fan of author's giving us multiple narrators and points of views. This book is broken into sections, each featuring one of the characters and giving us their story. Each section may seem like you'll be given the same version of the same story, but by hearing and seeing it through each respective character you really start to understand how there is more than one side to every story. It also becomes obvious that every little detail affects every individual differently. Brezenoff doesn't give his readers fairy tales or sugar coated story lines. The issues he brought to the table are real and they're not all pleasant. Drug use, abuse, heart break and the like. Unfortunately these are also not subjects people are unfamiliar with. Readers will be able to relate in some way shape, or form and will be able to appreciate how Brezenoff wove his creation together.