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BLOOD BROTHERS by S. A. Harazin

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Cana

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Joey Chancey is the perfect friend, smart, handsome, rich, and athletic all in one package. He was both Student of the Year and Valedictorian, and plans to head to Duke in the fall. He's everything Clay Gardener is not. Yet they've been best buds since Clay was seven and Clay's family arrived at the Chancey's doorstep.

Clay has always measured himself against Joey. Unlike Clay, Joey has parents who cry when Joey gets awards, who watch when they boys ride down the road on their bikes, and who are fiercely protective of their only son. Clay was raised by his older sister and has never known his mom. His dad drives a garbage truck and otherwise snores his life away, while Clay works as the hospital as an orderly to help pay the rent. He rides his bike everywhere because he can't afford a car. He and Joey are so different, yet Joey still calls Clay his best friend.

The two boys have been training for months for a cross-county bike trip. They plan to leave on Clay's 18th birthday after dipping their tires in the Atlantic Ocean. Instead they fight over a girl. Clay's girl. Who now wants Joey. All the girls like Joey. But does he have to take Michelle, too?

When Clay goes over to the Chancey's to talk, he finds Joey in the shed naked, and acting crazy. Joey comes after Clay with a hoe and Clay must defend himself. Now Joey's in the hospital with tubes snaking everywhere. As far as Clay knows, Joey has never and would never take drugs. Clay bathes his unconscious best friend and vows to find out what happened.

BLOOD BROTHERS by S. A. Harazin, (our own ShirleyH), is one of those books you simply cannot put down. I had to stop in the middle and couldn't wait to finish it. The author immerses the reader in the world of an orderly in the ER from the first page without intimidating the reader with excessive hospital jargon. The reader sees what Clay does not. Clay is thoughtful, kind, sensitive, and thorough. The reader has no doubt that, one day, Clay will be a doctor. Clay is everything he sees in Joey. And more. This is a fabulous read. Well done!
#1 - January 04, 2008, 05:25 PM

nikiofware

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Here's my review from the web at Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book: http://www.curledupkids.com/bloodbro.html
#2 - April 02, 2009, 12:11 PM

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