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We had the top down on our old Le Baron and the sun was beating from a sky that was nothing but blue. It was my mom's turn to drive, so I was stretched out in the passenger seat, watching Saskatchewan slide by, thinking there must be a couple dozen different ways for a guy to kill himself.
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Following his father's suicide, Shaw and his mother move from Vancouver to Winnipeg. Shaw hopes to make a fresh start at school, joining the Volleyball team, making new friends (including a possible romantic interest) and wrestling with the idea of following in his fathers footsteps as a writer.The story of The Hemingway Tradtion, a high impact and low reading level (hi-lo) book, is not enough to keep interest for very long; thankfully, it's only 92 pages. The characters are not very well developed, we never really learn who Shaw is, sometimes he's the cranky teenager, other times he comes off as introspective and quiet. The story also tries to cover quite a bit of ground, including self-image, suicide, and prejudice, none of them quite getting the time and respect they deserve. The saving grace is Butcher's writing, she provides vivid imagery in her descriptions and has good basics, if only they had been fleshed out.