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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (December 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061173304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061173301
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,352,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up—Suckerpunch is as powerful as its title implies. Marcus is quiet and artistic; his younger brother, Enrique, is a charismatic ladies' man. Both boys have been scarred by their father's constant physical abuse directed at Enrique and witnessed silently by guilt-ridden Marcus. The man left a year earlier, but the boys are far from healed. Enrique turns to fighting and dating and dumping girl after girl, while Marcus gets stoned. Then they get the news that their father may be returning home, and it sends both siblings, along with Enrique's girlfriend, Ashley, and Marcus's friend Oliver on a road trip that will change their lives forever. Using dark, descriptive text and explicit dialogue, Hernandez paints a very realistic portrait of the aftereffects of abuse. Not only does he create memorable and sympathetic characters in Enrique and Marcus, but he also brings life to Oliver, who is dealing with paternal demons of his own, and headstrong but caring Ashley. In the end he does not tie everything up neatly, leaving readers to draw their own conclusions. Older teens looking for gritty urban drama are sure to embrace this gripping, well-written story.—Shari Fesko, Southfield Public Library, MI
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In the summer before his senior year, Marcus and his friends escape their troubles at parties involving sex, drugs, and alcohol (all detailed in some explicit passages). At the background of Marcus’ angst is the physical abuse that his younger brother suffered from their father, who then left the family. Now, Dad wants to come back, and Marcus’ mother is considering the possibility. This sends Marcus, his brother, and his brother’s girlfriend on a road trip to track down their father in San Francisco, where they hope to exact their own psychological revenge on Dad. The episodic, first-person narration powerfully captures Marcus’ scattered, adolescent thoughts, and many young readers will recognize his raw, unvarnished voice. The end provides a rather heavy-handed symbol of Marcus coming to terms with his past, but this is only a minor quibble about this otherwise realistic, affecting coming-of-age debut from a poet known for his adult works. Grades 10-12. --Todd Morning

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on January 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
SUCKERPUNCH is the story of two brothers - narrator Marcus and his younger brother, Enrique.

Marcus, the shy one, has spent most of his life looking out for Enrique. For some reason that Marcus has yet to fully understand, their father physically abused Enrique. Why one boy and not the other? That is a question Marcus would love to have answered. As a result of the abuse and then abandonment, Enrique is medicated for depression and violent tendencies, and Marcus is trying to keep things under control as the "man" of the family.

When the boys learn their father has continued to send money to help their hardworking mother, they are pleasantly surprised. When their mother tells them that their father is planning to return home to live with them, their reaction is anger and fear. Enrique decides he must be stopped, so with the help of a friend and his car, the brothers set out to visit their father. Armed with a starter's pistol, Enrique's green-haired girlfriend, and minus Enrique's medication, the positive outcome of this confrontation is in serious doubt.

SUCKERPUNCH is gritty and hard-hitting. Readers will soon bond with both Marcus and Enrique. The story flows smoothly, although my English teacher side did have trouble dealing with the lack of quotation marks in the dialogue. I did get over it somewhere around the halfway mark, but it could be a distraction for some readers.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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Format: Hardcover
I would like to give this book a higher rating because the story is fantastic. This book follows the lives of two brothers, Marcus and Enrique. While Marcus is the older of the two, Enrique has the more powerful personality. They are just starting to enjoy their lives after their father has left, but Marcus notices that his brother is starting so show some of their father's violent tendencies. Their relationship starts to change as they both seem to be moving in two separate directions, however they do have one common goal, they want their dad to own up to how he treated Enrique over the years.

The issue that I have with this book is not the powerful viewpoints of the characters or even the strong language that appears throughout the book. The issue that I had was the overly gratuitous use of sexual references and explicitly described sexual acts, even if they were only in Marcus's imagination. I will say that I do know that teens have these kind of thoughts but I just didn't feel they needed to be made so vivid for the reader.
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By ginette tanis on September 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The book was wonderful. I would hope to be a sequel to this. The author told the whole story perfect
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By DGF Middle School on May 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Sucker Punch: Marks the debut of a superb and important new literary talent.
Marcus is the main character of this book and it starts out at his friend's dad's funeral. Marcus sometimes would think of killing his own father and at many times he would daydream about it. In his head he would go toward him with a knife or a bat just to kill him but he would always end up turning around at the last moment. And now it's finally summer and Marcus and his friend are just waiting behind the dumpsters to get some alcohol to drink.
Now what do you think about the book so far is it something you would like to read and would you recommend it to someone.

What I like about this book it goes backwards and then keeps going the way it started. Also this book has a lot of bad words and good jokes if you like that and all. And I would not recommend this book to any kids this book would be for high school.
Marcus has a pretty ok life but then gets worse because Oliver introduces him to acid which is one of the worse drugs to take. Once he took the drug he stared to trip out and it was one of the messed up ones of all.

And if you want to know the rest you should get the book and read it because it gets better.
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A Kid's Review on June 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I love this book because of its realistic situations and hilarious stories. David Hernandez makes this book so realistic by (SPOILER ALERT) making the characters in the story do what actual teenagers possibly might do. and he also makes this story funny at the same time by making embarring situation for the main character and his friends.
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