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Gentlemen av Michael Northrop
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Gentlemen (utgåvan 2010)

av Michael Northrop

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When three teenaged boys suspect that their English teacher is responsible for their friend's disappearance, they must navigate a maze of assorted clues, fraying friendships, violence, and Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment" before learning the truth.
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Titel:Gentlemen
Författare:Michael Northrop
Info:Scholastic Inc. (2010), Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
Taggar:book-discussion, contrealfic, teen

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Gentlemen av Michael Northrop

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    weener: These both are narrated by a lower-income teen with a BIG secret on their hands.
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This is really more a 2.5 star review. It started out slow and Micheal had to detail every waking moment...I ended up skimming over a lot of the descriptives to get to forward action. Micheal and his friends are self-absorbed enough to believe their English teacher killed their friend, and this blinkered vision leads them to take unexpectedly violent action. I didn't really get into Micheal and his friends...they didn't seem that hard, but maybe that was the point, that OK kids can get themselves into deep doo. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
I started this book, thinking my 15-year-old son would be drawn to it by the jacket cover. It involves some 10th grade somewhat juvenile delinquents who get in over their heads when one of their friends disappears. In English, the reading of Crime and Punishment takes on new meaning for them as the main character tries to discover what happened to their friend.

I felt the ending was too cliche and pat and I didn't find the conflicts and "mystery" all that intriguing.

I don't think my reluctant reader son would have slogged through this book past the third or fourth chapter. ( )
  Stembie3 | Jun 14, 2015 |
Fantastic, clean, surprising writing that captures teen relationships and growing up and together and apart. I loved this book, for its amazing premise, but also for the characters and how honestly they were written. My full review is here, on Hot Stuff for Cool People. ( )
  hotforcool | May 31, 2015 |
very intense, in your face kid, compelling read, somewhat hopeful at the end, really wanted it to be more so ( )
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
The first thing that got my attention was, the protagonist. It’s being told by a point of a view of a guy. But not just any guy. Most of the male characters I’ve read in the majority of YA literature are..let’s say sugar coated. They’re there to attract the girl readers and make us into fan girls. (Yes, it’s true. I have several crushes on some of them). In this case, it’s different. Micheal (main character) is, acts, well, like a normal guy. The way he talks, the way he tries to get a girlfriend, his behavior with his friends and his attitude towards school, all of it is so realistic and well written. His friends are equally the same way so this part of the book, I thought was good.

Getting onto the plot is a different story. First, the pace is a little slower than I thought. Also if you’re looking for a super thriller, you won’t find it here. There’s really nothing thrilling or suspenseful about it. Which is disappointing as I was expecting something that packed a punch or at least with something that has a shocking twist. There were also several mini plots throughout the book and none of them contributed to the plot whatsoever. One that particularly irked me was Micheal’s internet moments. He periodically checks back to see if he gets any responses from a potential girlfriend, and what this has to do with anything is beyond me. I thought it was terribly pointless and a page filler, which does nothing to advance the main plot.

The ending climax is, well anti climactic. Tommy’s end result wasn’t anything special and you’re left wondering if you’re read the entire book for nothing. However, there’s one particular moment when the students confront Haberman, the mood and tension between all of them was well written and felt. Otherwise, once the mood is over, everything just seems to come back to normal again. It’s frustrating as some parts of the story was good and some of the writing is well done but the plot could have used a lot of work.

The cover was a job well done, but I don’t know if the book is really worth a read. It is pretty short so it can be covered in one sitting but it ends up being frustrating because with such an anti climactic ending, you feel as if you wasted your time. I’d say take it or leave it. Your choice. ( )
  sensitivemuse | Apr 12, 2011 |
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