What Happened

What Happened

by Peter Johnson
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Overview

What Happened by Peter Johnson

An unnamed sixteen-year-old is the narrator of this impressionistic and fragmented story of two brothers who learn that the disappearance of their father is only the tip of his mystery and only a sliver of what really happened.

HONORS
Best New Books for the Classroom —Book Links
Books for the Teen Age —NYPL
Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, Grades 7-12 — Passaic County Community College Poetry Center
Book of the Year for Rhode Island High Schools —The Alliance for the Study and Teaching of Adolescent Literature (ASTAL)
A Highly Recommended Book —Boston Authors Club
Missouri State Teachers Association, Reading Circle Program

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012263162
Publisher: namelos
Publication date: 09/09/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 136
File size: 157 KB

About the Author

Peter teaches English and creative writing at Providence College and is the winner of the 2001 James Laughlin Award for his collection of prose poems, Miracles & Mortifications.His other books include Love Poems for the Millennium and Pretty Happy!, both collections of prose poems, and I'm a Man, a series of short stories.What Happened is Mr. Johnson's first young adult novel.Peter lives with his family in Providence, Rhode Island.

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What Happened 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
WHAT HAPPENED begins with an apology. The narrator admits that what he is about to tell may seem "erratic" because that's the way his mind works. Readers will find the tale that follows does wind and weave through past and present, but as a whole it represents the troubled path of the narrator's life.

First, their mother dies, then their father disappears, and now the sixteen-year-old narrator and his brother, Kyle, live with their Aunt Lucy. Life hasn't been easy, and it's about to get even more complicated. There is a hit and run accident that involves the teens, some friends, and a man on a bicycle. Should they call the police or attempt to cover-up their crime?

Facts of the story become twisted and more complex as the brothers discover secrets about their mother's past relationship with the father of a friend. Aunt Lucy admits her knowledge of the past as she tries to help the two answer questions about their mother's death and why their father left. Although some questions are answered, the story mimics real life with its loose ends and untidy conclusions.

Peter Johnson takes his readers into the mind of the narrator for a glimpse into the life of a troubled teen. Life is definitely not a chronological series of events neatly catalogued by date and time. Johnson's story illustrates the crazy, jumbled order that makes up our daily lives.