At fifteen, Ethan is on the fast track to nowhere. In and out of group homes and constantly in trouble, he is fighting to find a sense of who he is. After breaking into an amusement park and being savaged by a police dog, Ethan is befriended by a paramedic. Offered a choice of court or going on a ride-along in an ambulance, Ethan takes what he thinks is the easy way out. On Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Ethan comes face-to-face with the horrific truth from his past and must learn to deal with where he came from, and where he is going.
About the Author
Carrie Mac is an award-winning author who has moved too many times to count. For now, she lives in Pemberton, a very small town nestled in the mountains north of Vancouver. Carrie Mac's first novel The Beckoners won the Arthur Ellis YA Award, is a CLA Honour book, and is being adapted for film. She is available for school and library presentations, and has been known to hold the interest of a couple hundred teens where others have failed. Maybe it's the tattoos. www.carriemac.com
Read an Excerpt
"First dead person, kid?"John says as he pulls the ambulance into traffic.
I decide not to answer him, because I don't want to get into it. I eye Holly, but she's not answering for me. How much does she know?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Pain & Wastings based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Ethan Mingus Kirby was born to a mother whose life became filled with heroine, poverty, and prostitution. They lived in the ghetto neighborhood at Main and Hastings, nicknamed Pain and Wastings. At the tender age of six, Ethan witnessed his mother's brutal murder. This short novel picks up after Ethan has spent years in numerous foster homes and developed a bitter attitude toward life in general. He has a run-in with the law and is given the choice of a five shift ride-along with the local paramedics or a stint in juvie. Ethan chooses the paramedic adventure, never dreaming that he will be reliving that horrible time in his past when his mother died. One of the high-interest, lower-reading level series by Orca Book Publishing, PAIN & WASTINGS is one young man's emotional journey into the past to deal with his demons. It is hoped that by doing so he can build a more successful future.
Pain & Wasting was intriguing and it made me feel like I was actually watching all of it happening. The way the author (Carrie Mac) put a lot of effort in making the characters believable. The way Ethan life was set up he lived in a foster home he was a rebel even though he tried to do the right thing. I loved the way the author included when Ethan actually seen his first dead person and he just stayed to himself even though he had a lot on his mind like a real teenager like myself would really enjoyed and I usually don’t like to read but this book made me want to keep reading and not put it down. The characters were good but I did not get the part when Ethan and his friend climb the tower his friend disappeared but Ethan got attacked by the police canine I did not really get that part but it was a great book in my opinion