Under the Wolf, Under the Dogby Adam Rapp
Steve Nugent is in Burnstone Grove, a facility for kids who are either addicts or have tried to commit suicide. But Steve doesn't fit in either group, and he used to go to the gifted school. So why is he in Burnstone Grove? Keeping a journal, Steve tries to figure out who he is by examining who he was. Both heartbreaking and starkly humorous, this brutal story of escape and the desire for redemption is masterfully told by award-winning writer and film director Adam Rapp.
Kori L. Mullins
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How to start?
Okay. Here it goes.
Mrs. Leene said I should begin by describing myself.
So, my name is Steve Nugent. I'm sixteen. I'll be seventeen next November. It's the middle of December, and the trees around here are caked in ice and sort of silvery in that creepy, wintry way, so right now seventeen seems like a hundred years off.
Where I'm from, they call me White Steve because I'm so pale. The ones who call me that are pale too, but not as pale as me. I'm like soap or paper. I'm like Easter candy. I'm like glue or piano keys. If I stay in the sun too long, I turn pink; not red — pink, like Spam.
In terms of size, I'm six foot three and about 160 pounds, which is way too skinny, I know. I can't help that right now. The doctors say I will fill out in a few years. At this point I would describe myself as being a pretty high-percentage dodge-ball target.
I guess my hair is brown, but there might be some red in it, which makes me worry about my future pubic situation, as in when I finally get some upholstery down low, what color it will be.
That might be too much information.
I'm also blind in my right eye, which I will tell you more about later.
UNDER THE WOLF, UNDER THE DOG by Adam Rapp. Copyright © 2007 by Adam Rapp. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Meet the Author
Adam Rapp is the acclaimed author of five previous novels for young adults, including, most recently, 33 SNOWFISH, which was named a Best Book for Young Adults (Top Ten Pick) by the American Library Association. In addition he is an accomplished playwright whose plays have been produced by the New York Theatre Workshop, the Bush Theatre in London, and the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Adam Rapp is also the author and director of WINTER PASSING, a movie starring Ed Harris and Will Farrell.
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This book is twisted and grisly, unapologetically so, and I loved it. It shows a series of events happening to this poor kid, and how he deals with it. There are very interesting and morbid thought patterns and behavior in here.... but before we judge and condemn Steve for them, look at all he was going through. It's expected for him to lose his mind a little. This book was hilarious, dark, meaningful, saddening, and uplifting all at once. It's one of those books I'll always remember
This book is amazing, in my opinion. The distorded part of my personality gets a real twisted kick from reading this novel. There are people in this world who have gone through rough times. And as rough as these times get, they float over the stormy water, that is their life, in a "zombiefied" way, if you will. This is Steven. And as the reader, you know there has to be something more to him. You know that the things he does, thinks, and writes about all has this underlining untended-to emotion and... simply, something I'm sure could be related to. At least something I related to. His story is tragic, quirky, and morbidly interesting.
I read this book in one day. It's Steven Nugent's story of how he came to end up in this place for suicidals and druggies, which he isn't really either of. His story makes you depressed and want to cry. And it also makes you laugh your butt off. But then it will make you sympathetic and shocked. By the end of the book you will have gone through every emotion you could possibly think of. I absolutely loved this book!
This book is real intresting for people that could understand it.For mature audiences only.It is intresting how he is only bsixteen and alredy smokes.I would reccomend this book to anyone that wants to learn about other people with stress.
This book is a great book about a teenage boy named Steve who experiences many ups and downs in his life. His life is full of struggles that your every day teen would have no idea how to handle. Steve tells his brutal story through this novel as a form of therapy in which he hopes to find the answers to his life. I really enjoyed this novel and it really kept me interested. I highly recommend this book to teens who really want to know what a rough life feels like.
A teenage boy named Steve goes through many experiences that shape the person he becomes. Due to the death of both his mother and brother, He and his father start going a little crazy. Steve ends up in a facility for troubled teens and begins writing this novel as a form of therapy to understand why he is the way he is. In my opinion, this novel is very intense and you won't be able to put it down. It's one of those stories that you NEED to find out what happens next. I would recommend this novel to all teens and anyone who likes to feel connected to the character, anyone that likes seeing the world from a different perspective.
This was a really good book, only recommended for those a little older and mature, those not freaked out by weird thoughts.