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Brooklyn, Burning (Fiction - Young Adult) by [Brezenoff, Steve]
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"A lyrical, understated punk-kid love song to Brooklyn and to chosen family. . . . Overall, the tone is as raw, down-to-earth and transcendent as the music Scout and Kid ultimately make together." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Brezenoff lets readers take the reins, recasting and reimagining the lead roles as often as they like. For readers with little use for labels, it's an intimate yet wonderfully open rock 'n' roll love story." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A moving, personal story of friendship, loss, and love, Brezenoff's novel is also a tender tribute to all LGBTQ youth." --The Horn Book Magazine

"With its development of a supportive ersatz family and its happy-as-it's-going-to-get ending, this will appeal to readers who enjoyed David Levithan's Love Is the Higher Law." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A lyrical, understated punk-kid love song to Brooklyn and to chosen family. . . . Overall, the tone is as raw, down-to-earth and transcendent as the music Scout and Kid ultimately make together." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Brezenoff lets readers take the reins, recasting and reimagining the lead roles as often as they like. For readers with little use for labels, it's an intimate yet wonderfully open rock 'n' roll love story." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A moving, personal story of friendship, loss, and love, Brezenoff's novel is also a tender tribute to all LGBTQ youth." --The Horn Book Magazine

"With its development of a supportive ersatz family and its happy-as-it's-going-to-get ending, this will appeal to readers who enjoyed David Levithan's Love Is the Higher Law." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

About the Author

Steve Brezenoff has written several chapter books for young readers, and The Absolute Value of -1 is his first novel for teens. Though Steve grew up in a suburb on Long Island, he now lives with his wife, their son, and their terrier, in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1182 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab TM (September 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005R9EEOW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,601 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
A while ago I went to a reading in Minnesota and Steve read a short excerpt from this book. Something he said about wanting to write a book that spoke to people the way music speaks to people stuck with me. If you've followed the blog you know I did a Waiting on Wednesday post for the book, then I had the pleasure of doing the cover reveal (where I also posted the first chapter) a few months ago. Needless to say, when I received the ARC from Steve I sat down and the read the book that night.

I can easily say it's one of the best books I've read this year. I love contemp, and I love it even more when an author takes a giant leap and tries something different. In Brooklyn,Burning the giant leap was the point of view. Imagine sitting down and listening to a story being told to you, that's what Kid is doing-telling the story of Scout. It's not in third person and it's not in first person. It's a mix and it works. I was immediately drawn into Kid. The life Kid lives isn't an easy one. After being kicked out of the house Kid learns the hard way what it's like to love and lose love- not mention how to live in the streets and survive.

Losing love is hard on Kid, but when Scout shows up things begin to look up. Kid finds that even though you've lost something, hurt can be healed and bonds can be forged. I love Scout. The passion you feel when reading about Kid and Scout is incredible. Seeing Scout through Kid's eyes is a different perspective, but Kid's words still allow you to paint your own picture.

There are other supporting characters that help build the world and the life of Kid. They teach Kid so much about life and living. Thanks to Fish, Kid gets to play the drums and make amends at home.
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Format: Hardcover
First Impressions: I think from now on I'm going to start copying and pasting this. I don't really have a first impression of Brooklyn Burning, nor any other book I read. My wife handles a lot of the review requests and such. I usually just have the books handed to me, or in most cases, sent to my Kindle. Brooklyn, Burning wasn't much of any exception.

First Fifty Pages: Brooklyn Burning didn't leave me with the best first impressions. The beginning was wrought with confusion. No back story was explained. I had no idea what was going on. I didn't even know anything about the main character. Really, I had no idea what was going on. The entire book proved this motive. In fact, as the reader, you really have very little idea what is going on up until the end of the book.

But did I ultimately like the book? Is it a worthwhile read? Does it deserve your money? Keep reading to find out.

Review: Brooklyn Burning is a story of love, loss, and loving again. The main character is a teenager caught in the middle of a summer of confusion plagued by the memories of a summer break past. This isn't a heartfelt lovey-dovie novel though. Brooklyn Burning is a very open and honest book.

The story opens with Kid and Scout. We have no idea who either of these people is. We never really know who Scout is. Scout is explained through the book from the eyes of Kid. We hear what she thinks of him, how he looks, and how he acts. But we never really learn who Scout is. Scout is invisible. Scout comes from nowhere. Scout has no life outside of what Kid sees and thinks.

Kid, on the other hand, will become very intimate with the reader. Brooklyn Burning is told through the eyes and actions of Kid. She is a confused mess. Her life went downhill the summer before.
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This is a book for young people that goes beyond gender barriers. It romantizices one of the ugliest parts of Brooklyn as a home for a street kid.
The caracters do not have any depth, which I found disturbing, also, the autor seems to know a lot about LGBT teenagers and northern Brooklyn, but has no idea about music. His impressive descriptions of places falls short when trying to describe music and can't even name a rythm.
Overall, the best part is to show confused kids, about their gender, sexual orientation, their parents or their role in life, that they are not alone and that they need to face their fears and allow themselves to grief after losing a beloved person.
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Format: Hardcover
Brooklyn, Burning is one of those books where you don't even notice how great it is while reading it; only once you've finished it do you see how incredibly good it really is. (At least, that's how it was for me.) It doesn't have one set topic or storyline, and while reading it, I wasn't all that impressed. There was nothing wrong with it, but it didn't really seem all that special, either. Only once I'd turned the last page did I see all the subtleties and how inconspicuously amazing Brooklyn, Burning is.

The whole book was like that, for me. The writing is matter-of-fact most of the time, which isn't something I usually like. But the sparse prose works in Brooklyn, Burning - somehow, it manages to convey subtle emotions without ever really addressing them. Despite using so few words, this book really made me feel something.

I love the whole idea for Brooklyn, Burning. I don't think I've ever read a novel about street kids before, and it was really interesting to read about a topic that's so far removed from my day-to-day life.

Its subtlety is probably what I liked best about Brooklyn, Burning. So many issues play a role in this book - homosexuality, homelessness, drug/alcohol abuse, parental neglect, and many more. But none of those issues are ever really addressed - they just are, and each reader can make of them what he or she wants.

The characters are great. After reading just a few sentences about a character, I could picture each of them easily. Even though I don't agree with each of Kid's decisions (I can't imagine leaving my family to live on the street for any reason), I could easily relate to our main character. Once you find out everything that's happened the previous summer, you can't help but feel for Kid.
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