Posts tagged ‘brothers’

Punkzilla by Adam Rapp

punkzJamie, 14 and homeless on the streets of Portland, Oregon sets off on a cross-country bus ride to visit his ailing brother in Memphis, Tennessee.  His journey – revealed in a series of out-of-sequence letters – is anything but linear or chronological.  Adam Rapp seems to be chanelling Jack Kerouac in this tale of mishaps, misadventure and maligned street characters as Jamie finds voice in his always raw, often urgent, sometimes desperate, but never despairing letters to his brother.

Adam Rapp, as usual, takes readers to the edge of YA literature here.  He allows us to peer into the seldom explored shadows where Jamie has found refuge and kindness.  As Jamie determines to somehow find his way out of  a hopeless existence and back to the one stable person in his life, his brother, it becomes impossible to not root for him.

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June 29, 2009 at 6:54 pm Leave a comment


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