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- Print Length: 334 pages
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- Publication Date: September 10, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01IOBIKAI
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Brothers And Frenemies Kindle Edition
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This is not the type of book that I would usually seek out. It's certainly not for everyone: there's plenty of violence, vulgarity and sexuality. But at its core, this may best be described as a coming of age novel.
I love reading things that are different. I usually don't enjoy the trendy stuff as much as everyone thinks I'm supposed to, so I was instantly relieved when from the very first page, I could tell this wasn't a mainstream read. It opens in a very dark, very brutal way and doesn't let up much from there. But rest assured, it's not all doom and gloom. There's actually a couple of pop culture references that made me laugh out loud.
There are many, many characters in this book. I don't have anything in common with any of them, and maybe that's why I enjoyed it so much. It's like being a fly on the wall of a completely different way of life. A place where the lines between good and evil and love and hatred are blurred at best.
I dislike assigning star ratings to books, because that seems so subjective. A five star tends to sound fake, as if it's the best book that was ever written, and this wasn't. I'm not sure that there any book without faults, this one included. But this is more than a four star in my opinion, so I had to give it what it deserved.
As I mentioned, this is a book with a lot of characters, and when they all got together, sometimes it was difficult to tell who was talking when. Sometimes I could figure it out through context, and other times I'm not certain that I ever knew.
This is written in a style that is informal, almost stream of consciousness like, and that tone helps to set the stage. It's not polished or poetic, but there is a beauty to this all on its own. It does take some getting used to, and could be distracting to some.
I became invested in these characters, some more than others, and as I progressed farther and farther, I both wanted to finish to find out happened next, and wished it would never end. This is the kind of book that you stay up until two in the morning to complete. The kind that leaves you wanting more when it's over, staying with you long after it's done.
I would have enjoyed a tighter focus on the stories of these frenemies, with less of the parents involved. I also do not understand how we are to have empathy for a killer mob boss, but nonetheless that is one of the reader's tasks.
Even with its cons, this is a truly unique read that I believe many will enjoy.
Very different, honest and raw. Looking forward to reading other books by Samuel Alexander.
The negative: There were a lot of characters and I found it hard to keep track. Having said that, some people love the extra dimension and perspective more characters bring so this is only a personal negative and doesn't reflect the writer at all.
The positive: Everything else. It's a coming of age novel but it's so much more. It tells of developing and changing relationships and digs deep into how we perceive people and make judgments. Even those close to us.
Easily 5 stars.