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by Martin Wilson

  • Author: Martin Wilson
  • ISBN: 0385905009
  • ISBN13: 978-0385905008
  • ePub: 1770 kb | FB2: 1901 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Literature & Fiction
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (August 12, 2008)
  • Rating: 4.5/5
  • Votes: 556
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What They Always Tell Us ePub download

We have a swing in our backyard, he says, almost not believing his own words. You can come use it if you want. Other author's books: We Now Return to Regular Life. What They Always Tell Us.

We have a swing in our backyard, he says, almost not believing his own words. Henry nods as if mulling it over, then steps across the street, already accepting the offer. Menu.

Sometimes we read books whose wicked plots and twists, while blatantly aimed to make us feel something, fail their purpose and sometimes . If his next books are anything like What They Always Tell Us then I cannot wait. Oh, you want to know which way the swing falls in this book?

Sometimes we read books whose wicked plots and twists, while blatantly aimed to make us feel something, fail their purpose and sometimes, sometimes, we come across a quiet book which lead us to strong and real feelings. Oh, you want to know which way the swing falls in this book? Pfft, like I’m going to tell you.

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Martin Wilson's What They Always Tell Us hears the voices of the young as they struggle toward adulthood. -Richard Peck, Newbery Award-winning author. In his beautifully realized first novel, Martin Wilson demonstrates a wonderful gift for finding the truth in human caring and for creating memorably multidimensional and engagingly sympathetic characters whom readers will welcome into their hearts. -Michael Cart, former president of the ALA's Young Adult Library Services Association and the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents.

Thoughtful and moving, What They Always Tell us is a powerful debut novel about the bond between two brothers .

Thoughtful and moving, What They Always Tell us is a powerful debut novel about the bond between two brothers – and the year that changes everything. Stand alone or series: Stand alone. How did I get this book: Bought. It Better Be Worth the Trip by John Donovan. I liked what he wrote and immediately bought a copy of his own book

There’s hardly ever a chance of snow this far south, and there is no precipitation expected, but still, the air is so cold it makes Alex’s breath feel pinched. It is not good running weather.

There’s hardly ever a chance of snow this far south, and there is no precipitation expected, but still, the air is so cold it makes Alex’s breath feel pinched. Alex asks when Nathen calls him on the phone that morning. Well, it is cold as balls out. But I was thinking we could go to the university rec center. My folks are members, and I can bring guests if I want, for just a few bucks. They have this indoor running track. That way we could run and not freeze our asses off. Oh, wow. Sounds cool.

What They Always Tell Us is the first novel by Martin Wilson, focusing on the relationship between two high school age brothers as one begins to embrace his homosexuality. The book was a finalist in the Children's/Young Adult category at the 2009 Lambda Literary Awards, but lost to Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg. What They Always Tell Us was also chosen for the ALA's 2009 Rainbow List.

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Martin Wilson Writes Blog Archive My Story Book Club. I’m excited and honored that What They Always Tell Us is the first pick of My Story Book Club, which is being launched this month by Lambda Literary. I’m excited and honored that What They Always Tell Us is the first pick of My Story Book Club, which is being launched this month by Lambda Literary

Sometimes we read books whose wicked plots and twists, while blatantly aimed to make us feel something, fail their purpose and sometimes, sometimes, we come across a quiet book which lead us to strong and real feelings

Sometimes we read books whose wicked plots and twists, while blatantly aimed to make us feel something, fail their purpose and sometimes, sometimes, we come across a quiet book which lead us to strong and real feelings. I mean, I ate it up for fuck sake! Indeed contrary to many readers, my main problem wasn’t the pacing, because I was never bored.

JAMES AND ALEX have barely anything in common anymore—least of all their experiences in high school, where James is a popular senior and Alex is suddenly an outcast. But at home, there is Henry, the precocious 10-year-old across the street, who eagerly befriends them both. And when Alex takes up running, there is James’s friend Nathen, who unites the brothers in moving and unexpected ways.From the Hardcover edition.
Bev
"What They Always Tell Us" has alternating chapters between brothers, Alex and James, which allows the reader to gain insight into their personalities, and their reactions to an incident that happened before the story's narrative, and the aftermath.

I think one of this book's strongest characteristics is that the reader can really feel the growth between both brothers. Martin Wilson does a fantastic job of making these characters relatable, and multi-dimensional.

Alex has practically become a recluse after his friends all ditch him, and his parents act like they have to walk on eggshells or he'll suddenly go off balance and do something crazy again. He has to endure all of this alone, but Martin doesn't exploit the situation and aim for the reader's sympathy. That comes naturally through Alex's interactions with Henry and Nathen, which set him on a path of transformation that the reader can believe and relate to. As I watched Alex begin to grow up, I rooted for him even more. I found myself invested in his happiness, which is a sign of a great character.

And James is neither the super comforting big protector, nor is he a huge juke who could care less about Alex. The incident definitely puts a strain on their relationship, but I really like that Martin chose to include James' narrative, because you can see how much he's trying to be there for Alex, but it's not as easy it seems. He has his own life, own problems, and own worries, all of which are very relatable to a senior preparing to go off to college, and escape the small hometown he's always known. To him, the high school life full of parties is becoming monotonous and he feels like he's drifting away from all his friends who are still so invested in it. I loved watching his thought process, and how it wasn't just a clear shot from zero to one hundred. Like anyone else, he wavered on some things, let his mind soak everything in, which took him back and forth.

Henry and Nathen, who both influence Alex and James (especially Alex), really tied the story together. Henry is so adorably quirky, and I loved his interactions with Alex. And Alex's relationship with Nathen is the backbone of the story, slowly allowing Alex to open his heart, and feel things again with someone else. When I know how much the relationship means to Alex, it means a lot to me too.

And another thing that really sold me on the book was the ending. Things weren't wrapped up with a nice bow. It left me wondering about these characters' futures, but not because of plot holes or dropped storylines. I would definitely be interesting in hearing more of these characters someday, journeying Alex's senior year of high school and James' freshman year in college. These are characters I care about, and if you read this novel, you definitely will too.
Alianyau
Don't be expecting this to turn into a movie like other YA gay novels. It rolled along fine, and I cared about the characters but there wasn't anything compelling here.

What's with the kid across the street? Was this a leader for a followup book? Just seemed like a distraction. A couple of things in the book we like that. Just a distraction.

It could have used more intimacy, something to liven up the plot. I mean, yeah, I was engaged enough to finish it but it just didn't wow me.
Gldasiy
James and Alex are brothers but seemingly complete opposites, and the novel chronicles (as the book jacket says) the year that changes everything. That sounds a bit cliche, but the book itself is, thankfully, pretty cliche free.

The older brother James is more outgoing, but has a growing dissatisfaction with his high school life. His emotions are torn about his younger brother, Alex, who he used to be close with, but now wants to distance himself from. Younger brother Alex, now moody and withdrawn, starts to come into his own thanks to two people: the little kid who moves in across the street, and--especially--Nathan, who opens up a whole new world to him through running and a friendship that may turn into something more.

The chapters alternate the point of view between the two brothers and the author--Martin Wilson--does a good job of establishing unique voices for each and showing how the thoughts/feelings vs. the actions of the brothers have them both caught between what they truly want to do and what's expected of them by their friends and family.
Pipet
I've just finished reading this book. I'm in two minds. 1. Slightly frustrated. The characters in this book are all intensely repressed - especially the two brothers. James is, in some ways, a real pain. He does nothing to help his brother after the near catastrophe which is the core of this novel. He fails to support him in all the ways he should and he knows it, because the author keeps telling us; hence the frustration. In some ways though I think that this is what this book is about. Alex is totally adorable, but he too is deeply repressed and remains so throughout the book. They are two repressed boys living in a profoundly repressed society. as I say, deeply frustrating. Then we have the problem of who is actually the hero of this book. Well I think there are two. It isn't James and it isnt Alex. First, it's Henry, Alex little neighbour. He is is so many ways a catalyst and he helps the brothers rediscover their kinship without ever intending to. Then it's Nathen (sic). His kindness shines through this novel. But his kindness springs from a security within himself that neither James nor Alex have, although it's difficult to understand why: they seem to have such a loving and secure base and there is virtually no friction within the family. Both mum and dad seem "great", as both brothers would no doubt say in their clipped, brief way.
There are several mysteries in this book: characters who do things without us, or the author, ever really understanding. Alice for one, and Tyler for another. We have our theories, just like the townspeople. Rumours fly but nothing is known for certain and at the end very little has changed. We enter a world of doubts and fears, of troubled relationships, and a great deal of hard work and effort, of people who are living on more of a knife edge then they even realise, and then we have to say goodbye. As I said, frustrating.
2. But, there is a goodness, a decency, an unspoken urge to do the right thing which runs through this book like a gentle current pulling all of the characters with it. Clare, Nathen, James' and Alex' mum and dad, and eventually Alice, Henry and the brothers too. And perhaps the books is mostly about the most fundamental urge of all - especially for teenagers -: to belong. Henry, Alice and Alex are the victims in this book because they suddenly don't - or feel that they don't - which in human terms is, of course, exactly the same thing and it is through the goodness and the love of the others that these fragile sensitive people are able to move on and begin, again, to feel that they actually do indeed belong, or to realise that 'belonging' in the sense that they had understood it, is no longer the priority it initially seemed to be.
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