Ari Tison

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Saints of the Household (2023) 59 exemplar

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Gr 8 Up—Tison's debut explores the lives of two Bribri American brothers living with PTSD from their father's abuse;
after they commit an act of violence, each deals with the fallout in different ways. Told via the teens' dual perspectives, partially in verse, this novel is heartrending and compelling.
BackstoryBooks | 3 andra recensioner | Apr 1, 2024 |
Tip44 | 3 andra recensioner | Mar 12, 2024 |
This book is about a pair of brothers that are suspended from their school for fighting another classmate. It is not known that they beat the student up because, he was arguing with his girlfriend, also their cousin, in a aggressive manner. The learn how to deal with their anger throughout the book and learn how their relationship is changing. I think that this would be a good chapter book for middle school age kids, so they can learn a little more about diversity and emotions.
ChrisHoltGFU | 3 andra recensioner | Feb 27, 2024 |
Trigger Warnings: Domestic abuse, bullying, mental health; depression, alcoholism, death, mention of suicide

Before the incident in the woods, Max and Jay were pretty much connected at the hip, they had to be in order to protect themselves and their mother from their physically abusive father. Afterwards, their act of violence threatens the brothers’ dreams of their future. As the details of the event unfold throughout the book, Max and Jay take different courses as they think about their actions, their own shifting relationships, and just how alike to their father they may be. Told in alternating points of view using vignettes and poems, Saint of the Household tells of two Bribri brothers as they deal with brotherhood, abuse, recovery, and trying to do the right thing in their last few months of high school.

This isn’t an easy book - there’s no fuzzy feelings or giant smiles. These poor boys went through a lot in this story and it’s their journey of how they came out on the other side. Now, I will say the boys’ Grandfather does come in at one point and helps the boys reconnect with the Bribri culture and some of those lessons were tender and much needed for the boys.

I thoroughly enjoyed the vignettes of chapters that we got. It made the story read faster, but it also didn’t need any kind of filler in between and what was on the page was only the important stuff. Jay’s viewpoint is told in prose and is short and to the point. Max’s are in verse and sometimes into calligrams, which match perfectly with his escapism he uses in his art.

Overall, this is an incredible debut from Ari Tison and I can’t wait to see what they will write in the future. I can’t wait to share this book with others once it’s released and the amount of book lists I will be putting it on are endless.

*Thank you Farrer, Straus and Giroux and NetGalley for a digital advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review
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