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Angry Young Man
Contributor(s): Lynch, Chris

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ISBN: 0689847904     ISBN-13: 9780689847905
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: February 2011

Annotation: Eighteen-year-old Robert tries to help his half-brother Xan, a seventeen-year-old misfit, to make better choices as he becomes increasingly attracted to a variety of protesters, anarchists, and the like.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Brothers; Fiction.
Conduct of life; Fiction.
Protest movements; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2009052832
Lexile Measure: 770
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.00" (0.60 lbs) 167 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 143574
Reading Level: 4.9   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 6.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q51417
Reading Level: 4.7   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 12.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall)
Robert is attending community college, trying to reach his career goals, and looking out for his mother (in over her head in debt) and younger brother, Alexander, who's increasingly caught up in extreme activist causes. When Xan's activities turn violent, Robert must determine where his loyalties lie. Complex family dynamics bolster this taut character study. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 December #3)

During a soccer game early in Lynch's latest novel, 17-year-old Xan, enraged by opponents' unsportsmanlike antics, fouls a player so hard that he's given a two-week suspension. Reading this story of economic and emotional desperation is only slightly less of a body blow. Robert, Xan's older half-brother, narrates with a cerebral wit and detachment that belie the stresses of life with their single mother in a small home that's been no stranger to bill collectors lately. Robert is eager for Xan to shed his outsider tendencies, but begins to realize that, caught up in his own life, he's never really had Xan's back. And social pressures, combined with Xan's sense of moral responsibility (and his susceptibility), are leading his brother down a dangerous path. "It is not because he is stupid or weak-minded," Robert says. "It is because he cares so much, and because he wants, so much, to belong." For those who wonder about the roots of homegrown terror and extremism, National Book Award Finalist Lynch pushes the spotlight from the individual to society in a story that can be brutal and ugly, yet isn't devoid of hope. Ages 12–up. (Feb.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 February)

Gr 9 Up—Robert may have spent his early years tormenting his younger brother, Alexander, but the truth is, he really loves him. Presently, loving him is kind of hard. Now going by the name Xan, he's a strange 17-year-old who gets intensely passionate about injustice in the world. Their mother, a struggling waitress, faces her own brand of injustice when a slimy bill collector begins harassing her on an almost daily basis. While tension builds in the family's household, Xan makes a new friend in Harry, a mustached braggart with whom he begins spending all of his free time. Robert begins to suspect something is amiss with his brother—maybe something even more than the usual weirdness. After Alexander gets arrested for vandalism while espousing one of his causes, Robert fears that his brother may truly be beyond saving. The story is told entirely from Robert's perspective, and Lynch's dry and sardonic wit makes him a likable and charming protagonist. The story is well paced and provides an eerie look into the small town of repressed aggression in which the boys grew up. Alexander's actions may ultimately be wrong, but his heart is in the right place as he fights to make the world just a little bit better. A quick read, but one that will stay with readers long after it's over.—Ryan Donovan, New York Public Library

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