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Gentlemen (Push Fiction) Paperback – November 1, 2010
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The main protagonists, Mixer, Tommy, Bones, and Micheal are well written, they are rough kids from difficult circumstances- at times you feel sorry for them, and at times you are repulsed by them. Through it all, Micheal is the narrator and he does the job with an authentic voice that isnt afraid to tell things like they are.
Tommy goes missing. Haberman, the english teacher is suspect number one, but who else had a motive? Did Tommy just leave? Was he killed? Did he have an "accident"? All of these questions and more are probed within this novel that sucks you in and takes you on a wild ride to find the truth.
How strong are the bonds of friendship? What tests these bonds, strengthens then, and in some cases- breaks them? When does suspicion carry over into guilt, conviction, and action?
A well written novel that probes these questions and isnt shy about the realities that surround them. If you are looking for a good book, a quick read, and a fast-paced, suspenseful plot then pick this one up. A great start, strong middle and a conclusion that is just as strong all stack up to make this book a keeper.
***Disclaimer for parents and readers alike- some strong language, graphic scenes, and alcohol use in this book.***
And there's a lot of Stephen King in Michael Northrop's book. Actually, it reminded me more of Michael ("The Hours") Cunningham. For much of the book, the main plot moves slowly, but interesting, well-developed and well-savored. Almost every page there's a side story that made me want to tell the person next to me about what I was reading -- like how Tommy threw a desk across the room in order to distract a girl he liked, or the summer of the two Jennys. And Micheal's language (the narrator -- whose name was misspelled on his birth certificate, not the author) is so graceful that when he suddenly becomes "typical guy"-ish and talks about throwing a punch at his teacher, you're blown away. Not because it's out of character, but because it makes him so multi-dimensional and real.
Then, of course, there's the scary stuff. And Michael (the author) seems to know his way around both scary stuff and the more Gothic parts of small-town America: the secrets people keep and the way that dark seems to swallow up the country after twilight. As the novel moves on, the simple question of whether or not their teacher has a dead body no longer feels like the point of the book -- it's more about Micheal, his friends, his town, and the darkness that's inside him.
The story revolves around a group of high school sophomores who are nowhere near the top echelon, college-bound, yuppies that tend to populate so many YA books. The author does a great job of interweaving the voices of the kids and the adults they come across - very real in that regard.
The story is told in first person, with semi-dated jargon included. I think that is the one thing that might keep this from being an "outcast classic" - when kids no longer understand the slang. But for now, I see a lot of folks that don't normally bother with books, reading this one in a night, because they see a bit of their lives there!
Caveats: there is definitely violence and one sex scene in the book.. I would recommend only for mature high school and up.
As a representation of a new writer and different world from the wizards, spies, and horse-club riders we normally read about, I highly recommend this book.
All the best,
The story solidifies around an english teacher and his teaching of the book Crime and Punishment. This is what hooked me into this story, since I did enjoy reading Crime and Punishment many years ago. The author did a great job of drawing parallels - it really added to the general bleak atmosphere. This story is drawn in shades of grey. It's an interesting book. I wouldn't classify it as a fun read but I can certainly appreciate it for the talented writing. Some may be put off by the incredibly slow pacing of the novel, but I think those who stick it out will be rewarded with plenty to think about.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Prompt delivery. The book's interior condition was good. There was a scratch on the front cover. I'm satisfied for the most part.Published 12 months ago by Adriana Villanueva
This book has serious plot changes and lots of bone chilling parts,well written and well done. If you like suspense, this is the book for you.Published on April 9, 2013 by Connor McMahan
I don't normally read books like this, and decided I would take a chance on it because of the good reviews. After the first chapter I was hooked! Read morePublished on February 22, 2012 by Alexandra
"This novel is different in that the main characters aren't the typical goody-goody type. They are ""bad boys"" in remedial classes. Read morePublished on November 13, 2011 by Read for your future!
I've been on this YA kick all month and I've been surprised at how much I've loved the books I've read. It's not really my genre, but I do have eclectic taste...at times. Read morePublished on October 22, 2011 by Ryan Field
I gave this book one star only because it would not let me give it a zero. I bought this book because my son was listening to it in class. Read morePublished on September 15, 2011 by Shelley
Gentlemen is a book of wide proportions that you must open your mind in order to see outside the box. The story was compelling and one I had yet to see. Read morePublished on April 22, 2011 by Savannah (Books With Bite)
in a sentence or so: Micheal, Tommy, Mixer and Bones are that group of rough-around-the-edges, nothing goes right for them, and quite frankly a bit scary type of guys. Read morePublished on March 19, 2011 by Lisa Schensted
The first time I saw the cover of Michael Northrop's "Gentlemen," I was intrigued. (Isn't Marc Tauss's photo great? Read morePublished on June 12, 2010 by Amanda