The Brothers Torres

The Brothers Torres

by Coert Voorhees


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ISBN-13: 9781423103066
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 08/11/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 8.02(w) x 5.58(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Coert Voorhees was born and raised in New Mexico, where he developed a weakness for Hatch green chile. A former Fulbright Scholar, he is currently pursuing an MFA in Fiction at the University of Houston. The Brothers Torres is his first novel.

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Brothers Torres 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
uknowitstrue More than 1 year ago
im in high school and this book is boring, why? well its 320 pages long and i like action and adventure in my books like somebody fighting for something not someone
Alirambles on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I fell in love with the characters, the story kept me in its grips through the end. Best way I could think of to describe this: The Outsiders with cajones. This is Voorhees' first novel and I'll be first in line to read #2, which I believe is in the works.
mjspear on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Gritty but suprisingly funny tale of Frankie Towers and his love/hate relationship with older brother, Steve. Trouble ensues when local rich anglo John Dalton picks a fight with Frankie. Steve wants to defend him; can Frankie fight his own battles? New Mexico locale is deftly drawn. Love interest (Rebecca Sanchez) and the development of that relationship is also realistic (sex is suggested, not graphic) Definitely a guy read!
ShellyPYA on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Frankie has always looked up to his older brother, Steve. Steve is a soccer star and has a scholarship to college. Frankie has always been a wimp, scared to talk to his long-time crush and stand up to bullies. When his brother starts to get involved with the local hispanic gangs, Frankie suddenly becomes the good son, and finally gets up the courage to ask out the girl and stand up to the bully.
omphalos02 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I would have liked this book - about Francisco Towers and his exploits as a bi-racial sophomore - if it hadn't been for Voorhees' use of terms like "fairy" and "maricon" (Spanish for "faggot") as acceptable terms instead of loaded words of intolerance - especially in a YA book where these terms are going to read by teens who could easily feel that there was nothing wrong their use. A responsible author should know better.
herbcat on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Maybe a good suggestion for teen boy or Latino girl
Krystal Marie Ureste More than 1 year ago
The Brothers Torres written by Coert Voorhees is a young adult fiction novel. The point of view throughout the novel is told through Francisco Towers. The novel follows Francisco as he navigates his way through high school. Francisco has always looked up to his older brother, Steve. Steve has always been able to get what he wants, and recently he’s been gaining street cred. Francisco on the other hand can not compare himself to his older brother. Recently, Francisco has been obsessing over his long time crush, Rebecca Sanchez. After getting into a fight with John Dalton, Steve’s long time nemesis, Frankie starts hanging out with Steve and the local cholos. Soon Frankie’s social ranking rises, and he even lands himself a date to Homecoming with Rebecca. Yet after another incident with Dalton, Steve begins to retaliate. Francisco then realizes that Steve may be taking the whole loyalty and respect towards the cholos thing to far. The author shows what it is like for a young man to come of age. In the story the antagonist is John Dalton. When Dalton is first introduced in the novel, we are to believe he is a jerk. The pace of this novel is very fast. It doesn’t focus enough on the important details needed in the novel. Sometimes the novel would go towards a topic that really is not relevant to what the characters were talking about. Throughout the novel the main conflict is the protagonist, Francisco Towers, having to decide whether to be loyal or to have self-respect for himself. He solves this problem by realizing that loyalty does not really last forever, and that you must always have self-respect towards yourself. I did enjoy this novel, but there are a few things I would change. Like I mentioned before the novel has certain background conversations that are not relevant towards the novel. I’d remove all those irrelevant scenes of this novel. Overall the novel was great. I loved the story line, and the way the author brings this coming to age novel to life.
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ReadingQueen94 More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book. It made me laugh, feel sad , feeling hopeful and more. I could not put this book down for a second. It is so hard not to try to finish the book. I usually don't read books twice but I will definitely read this book again. I can't wait for this author to come out with another book. If you want a book to fall in love with this is the one. The book shows that a boy can be nervous about love too. Also its shows how siblings do look out for each other and look at each other's mistakes. The test of friendship is great for thinking what would I do. I Love this book. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good book. When you read this clear a day and sit down in a comfortable spot. Get ready to have a great time.
Honya More than 1 year ago
The book was well-written and entertaining. The characters were very well developed. People of any race can enjoy the details about the protagonist's heritage and culture without feeling "left out." It does, towards the end, start to put a bit too much focus on sex, but it thankfully doesn't usurp the plot. Overall a good read.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Frankie and Steve Towers are brothers. Frankie is a freshman and Steve is a senior. Frankie has always looked up to his older brother, who has gotten a soccer scholarship, is one of the most popular guys in school, and is very friendly with the ladies. Frankie spends most of his time with his friend Zach shooting off fireworks in his back yard while Zach's mom makes them Kool-Aid flavored popsicles. The remainder of his time is put in to trying to impress Rebecca, the girl he has had a major crush on since grade school, and working at his parent's restaurant.

Recently, Steve has been hanging out with the local "cholos" (aka bad boys) and Frankie hasn't really thought anything of it until he gets in to a fistfight with John Dalton. John has always been on Steve's bad side and is one of the richest, preppiest kids at their high school. After Frankie gets beaten to a pulp by John and two of his sidekicks, Steve stops ignoring his brother and tries to help him out.

Soon, with Steve's help, Frankie finally has the attention of Rebecca in the form of a Homecoming date, and life is going pretty well until another incident with Dalton happens. This time, Steve really wants payback and will stop at nothing to get it. And Frankie has to decide whether he wants to help Steve retaliate or stand on the sidelines and watch.

THE BROTHERS TORRES was great! I loved Frankie's character and how he acted around Rebecca. I could totally see the events in this book actually happening in real life, which indeed made the book a bit scary at times. But it also made it even more great. I love real life situations. Coert Voorhees is a really strong writer and I loved his style. This book had me laughing at times and on the verge of tears at others. Overall, it was really a great book and I can't wait to read more by this wonderful author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Frankie Towers is an awkward and self-conscious guy who¿s low on the social ladder, unlike his older brother Steve. That¿s why Frankie looks up to Steve so much Steve seems to have it all: popularity, girls, a soccer scholarship, even respect from the dangerous cholos. Unfortunately, Steve doesn¿t have time for his brother Frankie anymore with his current image to uphold. But when Frankie makes an enemy of rich white boy John Dalton, Steve steps in to help his brother. Although Frankie¿s social status is raised with the help of his brother Steve, landing him a date with his dream girl, sometimes Frankie feels that his brother is a complete stranger to him. He finds himself wondering why he has to lie all the time for Steve and just how far Steve plans on taking the conflict with Dalton. In this beautifully written coming-of-age story, Voorhees explores the bonds of brotherhood and friendship and the importance of thinking for yourself. I¿m not kidding when I say that The Brothers Torres is an incredibly written and amazing story. Frankie¿s character is so well-developed that I was sucked into his story even when I felt like criticizing him for being a jerk. Even though I¿ve never been to anyplace from Frankie¿s New Mexican hometown Borges, everything from the limited date spots to the potential threat of the cholos felt completely natural. There¿s something so honest and profound about Voorhees¿ writing that leaves room for other laughs and life lessons. I was a little irritated that I couldn¿t understand all of the Spanish phrases with my limited Spanish skills, but that¿s where my negative comments about his novel end. The Brothers Torres has culture, an exciting plot, believable characters, and a meaningful moral. I came away from reading this novel thinking, ¿wow¿ in a slightly stunned way. I don¿t think I expected this novel to be this good. The Brothers Torres is a definite must-read. I look forward to more wonderfully-written novels from Voorhees in the hopefully near future.