by Andrew Smith
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Stick by Andrew Smith

Fourteen-year-old Stark McClellan (nicknamed Stick because he's tall and thin) is bullied for being "deformed" – he was born with only one ear. His older brother Bosten is always there to defend Stick. But the boys can't defend one another from their abusive parents.

When Stick realizes Bosten is gay, he knows that to survive his father's anger, Bosten must leave home. Stick has to find his brother, or he will never feel whole again. In his search, he will encounter good people, bad people, and people who are simply indifferent to kids from the wrong side of the tracks. But he never loses hope of finding love – and his brother.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312613419
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: HL750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Andrew Smith is the author of Ghost Medicine and The Marbury Lens, both of which were named American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults. He is also the author of In the Path of Falling Objects. In addition to writing, he teaches high school advanced placement classes and coaches rugby. He lives in Southern California with his family, in a rural location in the mountains.

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Stick 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
amydelrosso More than 1 year ago
When I read STICK I didn't know what to expect. I had hints. I knew it was going to be a difficult book to digest. Then again, if it wasn't, it wouldn't have been written by Andrew Smith. So many issues are covered within this novel. What's so-called normal and what's not, is one of the biggest for Stick. He is faced with the definition of "normal" the entire novel. Are all of these things in his life "normal" just because they have been present in his life? There is so much happening in Stick's life in such a short time. There's a girl. Emily. She is Stick's best friend. They do everything together. And, there's his brother, Bosten. They used to do everything together but he's gotten older and has strayed off some. In Stick's life there couldn't be two more important people than Bosten and Emily. They mean the world to him. This story is about two brothers and their love for each other. The struggles they go through, the mistakes they make. Learning how to let go and stand up for yourself. Doing the right things. Doing the wrong things. Loving yourself and loving someone else. And a very long journey to find a way back home. Andrew makes you love the characters in his books, you feel what they do, you actually understand what they are going through. There were plenty of times that I had tears, times that I was shouting and a couple times I would do a fist pump in the air and say "hell-yeah". I was in it with both boys from the beginning and I was on their side. I felt their pain and joy. I also cried their tears. There were times I would close my eyes and vision an ocean in California just like where Stick learned to surf. I would even imagine the taste of Sex Wax and how wonderful the smell would be. I still listen to the playlist when I get lonely and want to visit the characters. Andrew has a writing style that is so very unique even though everyone of his books are different from one another. I think what links them all together is the realness of them. For me, it's the wondering "what part of this is real and what part is fiction". I've told several folks that you could give me 10 books with no labels and I would be able to pick out an Andrew Smith book every time. Just by his writing style. No one could duplicate him. It takes a lot of heart and courage to put parts of your own life into words and make that into a story. I admire anyone that can do that. It seems as though Andrew just keeps rocking them out.
NaughtyBrent More than 1 year ago
A while ago, I received an email, asking to be apart of the cover reveal for STICK. And now, the book is here and published and in stores and being read. Time flies. About a year ago, I got my first taste of Andrew Smith. His novel THE MARBURY LENS was sorta crazy-I think in my review I said something along the lines of, "Andrew Smith writes about rape and dismemberment, and he doesn't make you feel awkward AT ALL." I was totally being honest. I was talking about Andrew's level of awesome with one of my friends, and he said something like, "He stands out among cookie cutter writers." And that's true, too. Andrew Smith's books are all these different things, and I absolutely love them. In STICK, Stark McClellan is missing some things. He does not have a girlfriend, he does not have a loving family, and he does not have a left ear (or was it right?). What he does have is a gay brother, Bosten, and a gut feeling that he needs to escape from the tight clutches of his abusive father before he finds out. Bosten leaves, and rightly so, but he left Stark ("Stick") behind. STICK is about a boy who wants something so bad, more than anything in the universe. So, this book? Was written in this cool little way. Because Stick is missing one ear, he hears things different. Words travel slower. And Andrew Smith shows the reader this on the page, through funky formatting. I wouldn't call it verse or prose, it's just. different. Much like the story itself. Second to the writing, the characters and their relationships with each other are probably the best thing about STICK. Andrew Smith can write about brotherhood dynamics better than anyone I know, and I got so immersed in the story I felt like they were my brothers and I was on this epic journey with them. STICK really just blew my mind. It's different. It's unlike anything you've ever read before. It's Andrew Smith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book def. Pulls at my heart and was amazing. I loved reading it. I could not put it down and I loved the characters and what happened, why and what the boys become in the end. It shows what a bond family, and friends can and should have even through the toughest of time! I would recomend this book. It was wonderfully writen and will always hold a special spot in my heart.
Chancie More than 1 year ago
A good read that's interesting up until the last 1/3, where it ends up feeling rushed, and it also falls apart. Overall, enjoyable to read but somewhat forgettable.
sswilkie More than 1 year ago
Read this book after I enjoyed Andrew Smith's Grasshopper jungle and really enjoyed this one also. Great novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really? Gay boo? Gays are humans to!!!!! Get a life!!!!!! #noh8 wow. How rude. Low class.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful book of how the soul survives in these young abused brothers. They do not survive unscathed yet you leave wanting more about the future of Stark and Boston. Could not put it down, I loved how the chatacters were so well written.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The entire plot had me from page one. It was unique and very realistic, exactly what I expect from Smith
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OtotheD More than 1 year ago
Fourteen-year-old Stark "Stick" McClellan's life revolves around his older brother Bosten. Stick is tall, awkward and was born with only one ear. He's bullied at school, made to feel ugly and useless by his abusive parents, and his only friend at school is Emily, a girl who sees him for who and what he really is. As Stick does his best to make it through eighth grade, his real struggles happen at home. His parents are strict and often abusive to both he and his brother. When Stick's father learns that Bosten is gay and kicks him out of the house, Stick leaves home to find his brother, his only savior. Without Bosten, Stick's life would be completely unbearable. This book grabbed me on the first page and wouldn't let go. Mr. Smith is an expert at crafting realistic characters with unique voices and in this case, his writing style is perfectly tailored to putting the reader inside Stick's head. I fell in love with both Stick and Bosten and wanted nothing but the best for both of them. There were many times when I had to put the book down and collect myself; it is that powerful. The book is divided into three parts, and while the first two flow well and really drive the story forward, I felt the third part was a bit much. Once Bosten leaves home, the events that took place seemed to almost be a little extreme and rushed. With that being said, it in no way ruined the novel for me. The book does contain cursing, sexual situations and scenes of abuse which may bother more sensitive readers. Stick is a compelling novel about the power of brotherly love, abuse and finding your place in a cruel world. I'll rush right out and buy a permanent copy for my bookshelf and I would recommend you do the same. (Review based on an Advanced Reader's Copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a GAY book, people!!!!