“I did not care for this book. I had to force myself to finish reading it. There was too much bad language, and Stick had an obsession with "boners" that were not necessary to the story. I did not care for the gay aspect of the story either.”Joanne F wrote this review Sunday, February 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A heartbreaking but beautiful book that blurs the line between prose and poetry. Chronicles a dysfunctional family that forces it's 2 sons to search for and find refuge with an unlikely family member.”DWF wrote this review Friday, November 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Engaging coming of age story, at times the writing style was a little distracting.”Elise wrote this review Tuesday, May 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not many books bring me to tears; this one did.”CornerLibrarian wrote this review Wednesday, February 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Definitely older teen - graphic language, sexual content”Kelly R wrote this review Monday, December 12, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love the repeating phrase. A compelling story. Acceptance is the theme. I want to be an Aunt Dahlia. ”Mary Johnson Mollner wrote this review Saturday, November 12, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fourteen-year-old Stark “Stick” McClellan’s life revolves around his older brother Bosten. Stick is tall, awkward and was born with only one ear. He’s bullied at school, made to feel ugly and useless by his abusive parents, and his only friend at school is Emily, a girl who sees him for who and what he really is. As Stick does his best to make it through eighth grade, his real struggles happen at home. His parents are strict and often abusive to both he and his brother. When Stick’s father learns that Bosten is gay and kicks him out of the house, Stick leaves home to find his brother, his only savior. Without Bosten, Stick’s life would be completely unbearable.
This book grabbed me on the first page and wouldn’t let go. Mr. Smith is an expert at crafting realistic characters with unique voices and in this case, his writing style is perfectly tailored to putting the reader inside Stick’s head. I fell in love with both Stick and Bosten and wanted nothing but the best for both of them. There were many times when I had to put the book down and collect myself; it is that powerful. The book is divided into three parts, and while the first two flow well and really drive the story forward, I felt the third part was a bit much. Once Bosten leaves home, the events that took place seemed to almost be a little extreme and rushed. With that being said, it in no way ruined the novel for me. The book does contain cursing, sexual situations and scenes of abuse which may bother more sensitive readers.
Stick is a compelling novel about the power of brotherly love, abuse and finding your place in a cruel world. I’ll rush right out and buy a permanent copy for my bookshelf and I would recommend you do the same.
(Review based on an Advanced Reader’s Copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley)”