Thursday, August 13, 2009

THE WAY HE LIVED by Emily Wing Smith

Told by six teenagers who were close to him, the book is about the life and death of sixteen-year-old Joel Espen. Even though Joel is dead when the book begins, the reader gets to know him through the eyes of people who knew him best.

The book affirms that the world is filled with diverse personalities and that there might be underlying reasons why people act the way they do. Joel had the ability to accept and love people for who they were.

This book is more appropriate for a younger reader than I am, maybe thirteen or fourteen. For this reason, the book did not hold my attention. I would have liked more character development. There were many unanswered questions for me, but perhaps that was the intent of the author.

Courtney in Greenville

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