Knopf Books for Young Readers, Paperback, 9780553495089, 208pp.
Publication Date: June 10, 2008
Maybe everything will be different here. Maybe I should drive away and never come back. Maybe my brother didn't mean to. Maybe my brother was right. Maybe I can get someone to have sex with me. Maybe no one will ever love me. Maybe I should be an actor. Maybe I shouldn't pretend to be deaf.
Maybe if I mouth the words no one will know I'm not singing. But maybe someone, somehow, will hear me anyway.
Brent Runyon offers a raw, wrenching novel of a boy on the edge. It's a powerful story about love and loss and death and anger and the near impossibility for a sixteen-year-old boy to both understand how he feels and to make himself heard.
<font face="Verdana" size="3" color="#000000">Brent Runyon is a writer and regular contributor to public radio programs including This American Life, where portions of his memoir, The Burn Journals first aired. Mr. Runyon lives in Woods Hole, MA.
“Sensitively-wrought novel . . . will quickly draw teens into the story and entice them to read between the lines to understand Brian’s underlying sorrow.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred
“Destined in this reviewer’s eyes to become a young adult classic. . . . If one has ever looked at a male youth and wondered what was going on inside his head, this book will go a long way toward answering some of those questions.”—VOYA
“This is a superb exploration of sudden loss, romantic disappointment, and general adolescent angst.”—School Library Journal