Wilson, Martin. What they always tell us.

Author:Marler, Myrna
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

WILSON, Martin. What they always tell us. Random House, Delacorte. 291p. c2008. 978-0385-73507-0. $15.99. S

This story is told in alternating chapters from two points of view. One is that of 15-year-old Alex, who tried to commit suicide by drinking Pine-Sol at a party. His life was saved, but he cannot explain why he wanted to die except to say that he felt ignored by his friends. He is trying to recover and go on, but everyone now thinks he's a freaky weirdo. The other point of view is that of Alex's older brother, James: popular, athletic, attractive to girls, but emotionally disengaged from his family, especially Alex, and from girls. He decides not to date anymore because relationships are too complicated. Then Alex meets one of James's best friends, Nathen, who encourages him to join the track team and treats him like one of the guys. Before long, Alex and Nathen are involved in an intense friendship/affair. James doesn't understand the friendship and doesn't...

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