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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (July 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038573364X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385733649
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,072,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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. . . inspiring story of love, strength, and sacrifice. . .will break your heart and heal it, all at once. -- Nancy Werlin, National Book Award finalist, July 2007

Gripping and raw, Blood Brothers is a page turning novel that grabs you by the heart and won't let go. -- Gail Giles, Author of What Happened to Cass McBride?

The antidrug message is never didactic, and the story will grab readers from the first sentence. -- Kirkus, July 2007

This tension-filled novel. . .draws a convincing portrait of a young man at a crossroads. . . -- Kliatt, August 2007

Wonderfully engaging...captures reader emotion...honest detail...cannot wait for the writer's next effort. 5Q 4P -- Voya, July 2007

About the Author

S. A. Harazin lives in Georgia and worked as a nurse in a hospital for many years. This is her first novel.

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I put aside my own writing to read it, and finished it in just two days.
April Henry
The personal guilt combined with the hostility he feels from his best friend's parents make Clay determined to investigate exactly what happened to Joey that night.
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Even when the last page closes, the bittersweet story lingers like a fragrance of hope.
Linda Joy Singleton

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. S. VINE VOICE on July 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"Darkness, darkness be my blanket,
Cover me with endless night."
-- Jesse Colin Young

"Don't die, don't die, don't die. Can't you hear me? You can't die when we're doing all we can to save you.
"A few more minutes pass. The doctor tells me to stop. 'Still no pulse without CPR,' Guthrie says finally.
"The doctor breathes in deep and lets it out slow. 'Let's call it.' He removes his gloves, his face mask, his gown. He slams them into the trash. 'We can't do anything more.' He frowns and his big brown eyes glisten in the bright light.
"I don't want to stop. I want to tell the girl I'm sorry she's dead and won't ever go to college, or fall in love, or do anything she ever dreamed of doing. I'm sorry she won't ever be able to get mad over something stupid. I'm sorry, but we gave everything we had to give.
" 'Thank you,' Dr. Murphy tells us. 'For all your help.'
"I stand there and listen. All I can hear is a buzz from a machine. All I can see is the dead girl. She fills the room even though she's just a small, still body on the metal table.
" 'I can't do this right now,' Guthrie says. 'I'll be back in a few minutes to finish up.' I pull the sheet over the girl. I won't leave her there lying naked. On the way out, I leave the door cracked just in case there really is a soul and it needs to escape.
"I step into the waiting room in time to hear the wailing of the girl's mother, her father's anguish. Head down, I start thinking about Michelle, about Joey, about myself -- and it hits me. What right do I have to be so pissed about how they treated me? Everything that's happened with them seems as important as bird droppings when a teenage girl dies in front of you."

Clay Gardener, Med Tech One, is the youngest employee in a Georgia hospital.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda Joy Singleton on July 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
BLOOD BROTHERS explores the complexities of friendship amid the realistic backdrop of a hospital.

Clay can't afford a car or college and has always envied his best friend Joey who has a great family and a bright future. That changes in an instant when Joey goes crazy on drugs and attacks Clay. But it's Joey who ends up in the hospital, clinging to life. Clay blames himself and sets out to find out how Joey got the drugs and what really happened at a party. But will his discovery solve or sever trusted friendships? Even when the last page closes, the bittersweet story lingers like a fragrance of hope.

S. A. Harazin's experience working at a hospital brings the medical setting alive with fascinating details.
BLOOD BROTHERS is a suspenseful, emotional novel that will appeal to both reluctant and literary readers.

Librarians, teachers, parents, teens don't miss this amazing first novel from S.A. Harazin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judy Gregerson on February 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Bad Girls Club

Every teen needs a place to call home and someone to believe in them and love them. Clay has never really had that. His father has emotionally abandoned him and forced him to help pay rent. So Clay has found his home in the hospital where he works and this gives his life meaning. Other than that, there isn't much that holds his life together.

But he has Joey. His bestfriend has helped him for a long time but Clay's life changes when Joey ends up in a coma and it looks like maybe he's not coming back.

I am amazed by Clay's resilience and ability to keep going even though everything is against him. I do love survivor stories and this is one you might like, too! I needed to know what happened at the end and worrying about both boys pushed me to read on, quickly, and find out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on February 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Most books that deal with drug use gone seriously wrong only touch the surface of what the family, friends, and even victims go through before and after. But BLOOD BROTHERS by Shirley Harazin shows a realistic portrayal of the terrible after effects of drug use. From the very first page I was hooked.

BF's Clay and Joey have been through alot of history. Clay still remembers the first time they met when his father lost his job and he shows up at their house one Christmas Eve. Joey's parents have Clay, his sister, and father sleep in the shed which horrifies Clay's sister. Joey loves it. Later Clay's family leaves, but Clay comes back and becomes 'blood brothers' with Joey.

Their friendship lasts until that one fateful day. Blame it on a girl. Or a party. Something terrible happens to Joey that has Clay questioning whether or not he is to blame. Clay watches in horror as his once charismatic friend slowly slips away. What happened that one night? Clay vowes to find out. The answer will change Clay forever.

I loved this story. Powerful writing grips the reader with an intense tale of friendship and loss. Shirley Harazin does a great job showing the pain Clay feels watching his BF slowly die from an overdose. The hospital scenes were strong and kept me on the edge of my seat. What I really loved was how Harazin shows us both boys and the love that's between them. I cared for Clay and felt his pain, anger, and loss. A very haunting tale that's guaranteed to stay with the reader. I recommend this book to those looking for not just the usual friend-takes-PCP-freaks-goes into coma-dies story. No, this story is much more. I can see why it's nominated for the Edgar award. Very powerful story that will have you say, "Wow."
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