BFYA Nominated, Hope P. , 16
Angry Young Man
Simon and Schuster 2011
This novel drew me in, and did not let go. Chris Lynch told the story so well, it felt like I was right there with the characters. The writing actually felt like it was from a teen's point of view as well. Alexander, or Xan, as he prefers to be called, is a misfit. He is awkward, sensitive and…different. His older brother Robert, on the other hand, has everything going for him. He’s got a girlfriend, a job, and friends. Xan doesn’t, he has ridicule and rejection. Even though Robert teases and tears into Xan regularly, he genuinely loved his little brother and will always have his back. But when Xan’s behavior- eccentric at best- turns darker, Robert is worried his brother is in serious trouble. Can Robert save him, or will he pulled into the danger himself? Chris Lynch uses a unique writing style, relatable characters and brilliant storytelling to convey a story that will stick with you, even after you finish the novel.
Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book