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Suckerpunch Hardcover – December 26, 2007
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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.
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"
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.