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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416927034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416927037
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #981,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Lynch published Iceman in 1994, it was his second novel. Almost two decades and dozens of books later, Lynch returns to Eric and Duane, siblings and best friends—though things have changed. Pieces opens in a hospital as Eric struggles to accept Duane’s death and to consent to organ donation. A year later Eric must decide if he wants to meet the recipients. He attends a high tea where he meets the beneficiaries: sweet, friendless Phil; obnoxious masher Barry; and fragile, beautiful single mother Melinda among them. Eric feels ready to move on, until Martha, Duane’s ex-girlfriend and Eric’s eternal crush, appears, determined to meet the recipients herself, and things become messily human. Lynch paints a cast of indelible characters, even secondary players, with a deft, sensitive hand. And despite the specificity of Eric’s circumstances, his complicated, shifting emotions are immediately resonant. Though the complex family dynamic (and strange affinity for death) explored in Iceman adds nuance to the proceedings here, this novel stands on its own, rewarding new readers with a tender exploration of just what it means to be whole. Grades 8-12. --Thom Barthelmess

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* "Each character springs fully formed off the page, and Lynch’s irreverent, inventive dialogue crackles, turning what could have easily been a maudlin soap opera into a sharply observed story of real human connection. Readers will be pleasantly reminded of the snarky stylings of John Green and Ned Vizzini. Exceptional." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

"Lynch paints a cast of indelible characters, even secondary players, with a deft, sensitive hand. And despite the specificity of Eric’s circumstances, his complicated, shifting emotions are immediately resonant. Though the complex family dynamic (and strange affinity for death) explored in Iceman adds nuance to the proceedings here, this novel stands on its own, rewarding new readers with a tender exploration of just what it means to be
whole." (Booklist)

"Poignantly credible...Lynch is the great laureate of American guyhood, and he writes with fierce compassion about a kid who relishes the angry rush of punching men but abhors the thought of a woman he cares for being abused. While the complexity of the situation adds an interesting dimension, at its core this is a story of loss and identity, of a young man finding out who he is through the legacy of the brother who taught him who he was." (BCCB)

"Using succinct prose, Lynch creates a smart, raw story about redefining oneself after loss." (Publishers Weekly)

* "[A] powerfully emotional novel of grief and loss...a novel that for the first time brings all of Lynch’s many talents together in one place." (VOYA, starred review)

* "Lynch is known for his gritty novels with flawed protagonists. He does not disappoint here, once again giving readers characters with emotional and psychological complexity. A long time coming, this sequel is a sophisticated, extended look at a teen’s maturation and growth through a series of dynamic life changes." (School Library Journal, starred review)

"Both heartbreaking and heartwarming, this book is a touching tour through the experience of losing and finding different kinds of love." (Library Media Connection, Recommended)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rita Book on August 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
An impressive take on what becomes of the teenage brother who is left with the aftermath of his older brothers tragic death and, the donors whom received the organs. The underlining storyline promises to pull on your heartstrings but, the story was choppy and left untied. Pieces had potential but, the guts of the story wasn't as fulfilling. The story was aloof and a tad flat.
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Format: Paperback
The other reviewer is right, this book is choppy. But I honestly think that's something that works here, it's one of the book's better qualities. The writing is sometimes almost like stream of consciousness, and I loved it. I loved the little word plays and written surprises that just made me do a double read over. This book is written smart. And it was a joy to read, just because of how it is written.

With that said, this book was also hard to get through. Eric, the brother who is left after his older brother dies, is shockingly rude, petty, angry, immature, inconsistent. But he's real. And so are the other characters. They do dumb things, they make mistakes, they don't always tell you what just happened. And sometimes you don't get to ever find out. But that's real, too.

I was surprised by how much I liked this book. I'm glad I stumbled upon it at the library. This is the first I've read from Chris Lynch, but I will be looking up more of his books in the near future.
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