Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Book review - Kinda Like Brothers

Title: Kinda Like Brothers
Author: Coe Booth
Genre: realistic fiction
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Summary: Jarrett is used to his life being disrupted by the foster babies his mom takes in. This time is different, though. This time his mom has taken in a baby and her older brother. Kevon is older than Jarrett and is sharing his room. People expect them to be friends. Jarrett doesn't think they can even get along. Everything about Kevon rubs him the wrong way. And even though his mom doesn't want to hear it, Jarrett is sure Kevon is keeping some big secrets.
My Opinion: A very engrossing read. Jarrett's voice is genuine, his problems realistic, the tone down to earth. Booth does not talk down to her readers or trivialize the concerns of young people. Jarrett makes mistakes, bad decisions. He is selfish and unwilling to see other people's perspectives. He's a kid. I really appreciated that things don't work out smoothly for him. The resolution is more about gaining some understanding that fixing everything. A great read for 4th-6th graders.
More Information: Kinda Like Brothers releases August 26.
Advanced Reader Copy provided by NetGalley.

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