The Evolution of Ethan Poe

The Evolution of Ethan Poe

by Robin Reardon
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The Evolution of Ethan Poe by Robin Reardon

In the space of a few months, sixteen-year-old Ethan Poe's life has become a complicated mix of facts, theories, and hypotheses. Things he knows beyond doubt: his parents are divorcing, his older brother Kyle is exhibiting alarming behavior, and his best friend is turning into a spiritual fanatic. Then there are the shifting uncertainties-including his feelings toward his father and his desire to both blend in and stand out in his rural Maine hometown. Most pressing of all, there's his attraction to Max Modine, a boy he wants to know much better than he does.

Despite Ethan's initial reluctance, he gets pulled into a heated and sometimes violent conflict about whether to introduce Intelligent Design into science classrooms. Family and friends are turning against each other, school is a battleground, and Ethan will have to take a stand. Because some facts are irrefutable and some bonds unbreakable, even when they can't be seen. And once Ethan finds the courage to become who he was meant to be, the outcome could be absolutely extraordinary. . .

Praise for the novels of Robin Reardon

"Stirring. . .thoughtful and convincing." -Publishers Weekly on Thinking Straight

"A compelling story well worth your time. . .Reardon is an author to watch." -Bart Yates, author of The Brothers Bishop on A Secret Edge

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758246806
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

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Evolution of Ethan Poe 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robin Reardon really has a way of making the characters seem so real. Their struggles and emotions really draw you in. I thought this book was incredible and made an interesting point on society. A very unique coming of age story as well as strong social commentary.
masters_in_literature More than 1 year ago
although this novel has a prejudiced angle, it succeeds in presenting an argument for science and evolutionary theory vs a spiritual experience of the world in a manner that allows for the development of complex characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a cute story. The author truly has a way with words.
Duhky More than 1 year ago
It was an awesome coming of age story. Was a little apprehensive about reading a gay themed book for fear that the story line would be too sexual, but was supprised to get a, more or less, story. Was really inpressed with the writing. Will definantly be looking up more titles by this author.
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bigbearphx More than 1 year ago
A small town's school board election focusing on the teaching of Evolution or Creationism (Intelligent Design") is the backdrop for this engaging and emotional tale of a sixteen year old gay boy dealing with life's issues, including the separation of his parents, an older brother with a strange mental condition, coming out to his parents, dealing with a crush on a boy he likes (but who seems to have some issues about being gay), while trying to "blend in" at school and avoid any unnecessary clashes with classmates or teachers. Through his liberal mother, Ethan gets involved in helping her friend, Etta's, campaign for the school board, and finds her to be a valuable role model in dealing with conflict in his own life, as well as opening his eyes to much of the world he had long taken for granted, and he admires her stand on wanting the teaching to be based on science, not religious faith. Unfortunately, local churches encourage their followers to oppose Etta's stand, and the campaign gets heated, resulting in Etta, Ethan and his mother losing friends and fearing they may be harmed by overzealous Creationists. At the same time, Ethan's brother, Kyle, faces a health crisis, which threatens to tear his family apart for good. Ms. Reardon is one of the best authors of relevant, engaging young adult gay fiction, and this one especially would appeal to many who are considerably older than that demographic. It addresses issues that gay people can deal with throughout life, such as spirituality, a sense of community, tolerance, and dealing with those who have conservative values that may seem as a theat to our very existence. I personally found it encouraging and uplifting on several levels, and recommend it highly. Five stars out of five. - Bob Lind, Echo Magazine