Monday, December 29, 2008

The Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees

Frankie Towers has always looked up to his older brother Steve. Steve is popular, great at soccer, and has even earned the respect of the local cholos. Frankie isn't as popular and spends his time setting off fireworks with Zach or trying to get the attention of his crush Rebecca. But when Frankie gets into a fight with John Dalton, the richest boy in school, things began to change. Steve takes him under his wing, and Rebecca agrees to go to Homecoming with him. Things are starting to look up, until Steve and Dalton get into another fight, and Frankie starts to think that Steve is taking the respect thing a little too far.

I really liked this book. I don't read many books where the protagonist is male, so this was a nice change. I enjoyed reading about the setting, which was a town in New Mexico because it's a lot different than where I live. Since I don't live in the Southwest, there really isn't any Mexican influences. There was a lot of references to Mexican culture, mainly regarding food, so that was really interesting. There was even some Spanish thrown in there, so I could test my language skills. As for characters, I liked Frankie a lot. He seemed like a good guy, trying to do the right thing. His brother, Steve, not so much. Steve put on this facade that he was popular and nice, but he did some nasty things. If anyone's ever read Tangerine by Edward Bloor (and if you haven't, go read it!), Steve is similar to Paul's older brother, Erik. But this time, Steve actually changes his ways for the better, unlike Erik. At some points the book got a little boring since there wasn't all that much going on plotwise, it was still a nice coming of age story with interesting characters.

7 out of 10.

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