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Blurb (from Goodreads):
In a single night—graduation night—Thomas has to decide: Do what everyone has always expected of him? Or forge an entirely new path? Bryan Bliss’s absorbing examination of one boy struggling with expectations and realities will appeal to readers of Sara Zarr and Chris Crutcher.
Thomas is supposed to leave for the army in the morning. His father was Army. His brother, Jake, is Army—is a hero, even, with the medals to prove it. Everyone expects Thomas to follow in that fine tradition. But Jake came back from overseas a completely different person, and that has shaken Thomas’s certainty about his own future. And so when his long-estranged friend Mallory suggests one last night of adventure, Thomas takes her up on the distraction. Over the course of this single night, Thomas will lose, find, resolve, doubt, drive, explore, and leap off a bridge. He’ll also face the truth of his brother’s post-traumatic stress disorder and of his own courage. In Bryan Bliss’s deft hands, graduation night becomes a night to find yourself, find each other, find a path, and know that you always have a place—and people—to come back to.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“A familiar tightness pulls at my lungs. If there was a time to tell anyone, this is it. It would be so easy: open my mouth and say the words.
I’m not going to the army.”
This was a YA contemporary story about a boy who decided he didn’t want to join the army even though he’d signed up.
I felt quite sorry for Thomas because it was obvious how much his family expected from him, and he was quite brave to admit to himself that joining the army wasn’t what he wanted, even if he wasn’t brave enough to tell his father that.
The storyline in this took place the night before Thomas was supposed to be starting his army training, and involved Thomas looking for his older brother Jake who had gone missing, as well as spending time with an old friend. The pace in this was pretty good though, and things moved along quite nicely.
The ending to this was also pretty good, and I was satisfied with the way things worked out for Thomas.
7.25 out of 10