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Jamie PoormanAPA Citation Reinhardt, D 2010 The Things A Brother Knows New York Wendy Lamb.Genre Contemporary realistic fiction.Format Print Hardover, 245 pages Awards Recipient of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Recipient of the California Book Award Named one of Kirkus 2010 Best Books for Teens School Library Journal 2010 Best Books of the Year Booklist Children s Editors Choice List One of NPR s five best teen books of the year ALA Top Ten Best Fiction for Teens listSelection Process Booklist and School Library Journal starred reviews Levi and Boaz are brothers separated by 4 years and a world of experiences the children of Isreali immigrants growing up in a Boston suberb After high school graduation, Boaz stuns the family, his girlfriend, and high school buddies by enlisting in the military Now, four years have passed and Boaz is home Sort of He is not the brother that Levi remembers Boaz is sullen, moody, hardly ever speaks to anyone and rarely participates in routine family activities, like eating dinner together Levi didn t understand Boaz decision to leave to disrupt the family, worry their mother and certainly doesn t understand this new Boaz When Boaz tells the family that he is leaving again this time to hike the Appalachian Trail his mother is thrilled, happy to see him finally taking an interest in something, anything again Levi, however, has suspicions that Boaz is up to something and begins to make plans, secretly, to go with Boaz He hacks into Boaz email, looks at the internet browsing history after Boaz uses the computer, and determines that Boaz is not hiking the Appalachian Trail but is walking to Washington, D.C Enlisting the help of his two best friends, Levi convinces his parents that Boaz has invited him along Levi meets up with Boaz at one of his first stops on his route Boaz is not happy to see him, but Levi is persistant and follows along the next morning It takes several days, and many, many miles of walking, but the boys finally begin to reconnect and establish a sense of comraderie Levi begins to realize the depths of Boaz post traumatic stress disorder including his aversion to riding in cars as Boaz talks about his experiences in Iraq, including an instance where his humvee ran over a mine and was blown up Levi mistakenly believes that Boaz s destination is a rally in support of the troops and invites the whole family to meet them there In reality, Boaz is headed to visit a friend who lost his legs in the humvee explozion and attend an event dedicated to the victims of the war At the event, many people are placing memorials to American soldiers Boaz, however, steps to the podium and shares a story about shooting a vehicle of Iraqi teens, mistaking them for enemy troops, and adds their names to the list of victims After the service, the boys father offers them a ride home but Boaz refuses, saying he is going to walk back to the military hospital and check himself in for treatment Levi throws his arm around Boaz and offers to walk back with him This is a powerful coming of age novel that touches on so many themes from growing up and finding a place in the world, to the horrors and repercussions of war Reinhardt does an extraordinary job of placing the reader inside Levi s thoughts the relationship and issues with Boaz are interspersed with thoughts of friendship, basketball, sex, cars, girls, Highly recommended I am currently on page 46 of 242 in The Things a Brother Knows So far I have enjoyed the book since it fits my tastes and is a realistic fiction book I will give a brief idea of the book so far without any spoilers This book is about a boy whose intelligent and successful brother enlists in the marines rather than going to any high level college of his choice The book doesn t show what happened durring the war, but what happened after His brother won t leave his room and has changed a lot since the war The book does a great job illustrating the emotional challenges of war and definitely gets you thinking. Levi S Older Brother Boaz Returns From Fighting With The Marines In The Middle East He S Safe Levi S Family Has Waited Three Long Years For This But Boaz Is No Longer The Brother Levi Thought He Knew Even If Nobody Else Wants To See It, Levi Can Tell That Boaz Has Changed Something S Wrong When Boaz Announces He S Off To Hike The Appalachian Trail, Levi Knows He S Lying He S Heading Somewhere Else So Levi Follows, Determined To Understand Who His Brother Was, What He S Been Through, And How To Bring Him Home Again This is one of those books I think everyone should read As a wife of a military man and coming from a long line of military folks, I m already biased toward this book That said, I ll admit that this book was hard to get into at the beginning It moved slowly, was a bit confusing and aggravating the way nothing seemed to happen or change BUT, thinking back on the times I ve faced similar circumstances of soldier homecomings, this is exactly what it is like The author has done an amazing job of portraying the confusion, waiting, desperation and frustration that a family feels with a soldier s homecoming The road trip portion of the story was lovely Perhaps a bit unrealistic for the majority of soldiers but, in this case, was written with strong enough characters to pull it off Although it seems to end abruptly, to anyone having gone through something similar it will be familiar there s a point where you either give up or move on Poignant story, would be fabulous if people would read it and understand that sometimes even heroes fall, even if it s only done in the privacy of their own home with only their family as witnesses Read and reviewed for Arkansas Teen Reads Awards I don t often enjoy YA fiction, but I won t rule it out if it looks like a good story Actually, I m finding that I like YA realism in a stand alone format where there is little or no romance Anyway, I picked this up mostly because I saw the name Brother , and then I fell in love with the cover After I read the synopsis I had to take it home I picked up this book at 11 50 last night because I was tired, but not ready to go to bed and I needed something a bit lighter than On Writing to help me settled I finished three hours later with misty eyes and a conflicted heart I might have dreamed of it This book tackles some really tough topics like war, PTSD, family love, and what it means to be a man Firstly, this doesn t often factor into my reading, but this is very diverse book The MC is an Isreali boy, son of an Immigrant and the American woman he fell in love with That fact seeps through the entire narrative without being entirely essential to the plot There is also a Chinese girl who was adopted at ten Disabled characters And realistic depictions of people of all ages, including the MC s grandfather one of the biggest faults I find in YA lit today is the tendency to demonize adults and older people as being backward and stuck in their ways or in some cases, even dangerous and hateful I also feel like the depictions of a soldier with PTSD in this book is very accurate PTSD is a bit of an overused trope in fiction, but it tends to be very convenient In other words, the MC can be really emotional at a moment and have a nightmare or something, but it doesn t effect them outside of a chance for the author to dump some random emotional backstory that has nothing to do with the text It s one reason why I m often nervous to read a book with a character who has PTSD This book showed other sides, mostly from a family perspective Things that I ve heard from people I am close to who s family members returned from war The MC s older brother locks himself in his room, refuses to eat, stops talking to his family, throws around hateful comments and lashes out at his parents and brother, keeps secrets, refuses to ride in a car, has night terrors, dissociates regularly, lashes out physically even when he s not dissociating or dreaming, which is something a lot of depictions don t take into account and relives events in ways other than the oh so tropey flashback episode I.E with physical sensations, confusion, dissociation, and a heightened fight or flight response I love how this books added all these things, and did talk about the actual events that caused this behavior, but didn t focus on the backstory Instead it focused on the MC, his emotional journey in growing up in a way that he could take care of his brother, and the complexity that these issues really bring up Which brings me to the final point This book doesn t take a stance The book shows both sides of the coin People who wave the flag and claim that the soldier character is a hero, and suddenly care about his family where they never did before And also characters who don t support the war And in the MC character s family, there are actually a lot of conflicting feelings on this the MC himself goes on a journey where he steps away from his antipathy in the situation and can see the human side to the war Not pro war or anti war as he says multiple times Don t get me wrong, this book has a few issues There are a couple of missteps But they do not take away from the whole I wasn t a huge fan of the POV style the book was writing in, but it did remind me of one of my favorite books as a child and sure enough, the author thanked Markus Zusak in the end The author of the book I so fell in love with I ll admit, this book plays all my favorite tropes, so I might be a bit slanted on it But it s rare that I find a book that is both really entertaining, and realistic I highly suggest it, especially if you are an author who wants to write characters with PTSD or character dealing with loved ones with PTSD. Levi s brother Boaz joined the Marines at age 18, a sudden and surprising decision for him He comes back after three years at war as Bo, who sleeps on the floor, hides in his room at all times, and refuses to ride in a car anywhere There absolutely needs to be books about this, because how many people see a brother, a husband, a son, a cousin, or a friend go to war and come back a different person The basic plotline is a good and important one.What didn t connect for me were the characters Boaz himself remains an unexplored cipher until the very last page I never feel like I understand him any than I had on page one Levi is the only character I felt any connection with at all Pearl, one of Levi s friends, felt bizarrely like a guy s idea of a perfect girl who is a friend than an actual girl Bizarre, because this isn t a male writer It probably has to do with the very thin characterization pretty much everybody got There s also two romances that come entirely out of left field and are completely unimportant to and even detract from the plot itself They also have zero development and come essentially out of nowhere.Probably people who find this story familiar and relevant to their own lives will enjoy it much than I did And there is potential here, but it needed better characterization and less superfluous romance Not every YA needs to feature the main character making out, guys. A well written teen novel about soldiers returning home and the families who await them Boaz left home three years ago to enlist and fight in an unspecified foreign war His 17 year old brother Levi is struck by how different the returned Boaz is from the outgoing, popular boy that left Written from Levi s perspective, the author explores multiple relationships in order for each brother to realize what they know about each other and themselves This isn t a long book, and much of the story is building up to a climactic final chapter Unfortunately, the ending doesn t quite match the anticipation.This book was required reading for my son entering 9th grade In a way, it s an easy pick for high school classes the multiple relationships provide a wealth of material for discussion and assignments Much time will be spent in class examining Boaz, Levi, and their friends and family Still, wouldn t it be great if someday teachers assigned required reading that teens loved and begged for when school began The Things a Brother Knowsfollows the story of seventeen year old Levi, whose older brother, Boaz, had just returned home after serving in the U.S military for three years Levi noticed that his older brother was different than what he was before he left home After investigating what his older brother was up to, he found out that Boaz is leaving home again to meet up with people that Levi doesn t recognize Levi decided to follow Boaz without him knowing in order to uncover his mysterious motives The book was good, in my opinion, and the book delves into the idea of what a brother means The book was easy read and used language that is commonly used today I also liked the character development in the book For example, throughout the book Levi developed as a character in that he didn t really liked how his brother was a different person in the beginning of the story, but came to understand what his brother has been through and why he was like that way Overall, the story was good and I quite enjoyed it. I could easily read another couple hundred pages of this, but at the same time I think it s just long enough.It s concise, but beautifully written in its dryness the kind of writing that once in a while just hits you with a particularly piercing and visual sentence.It tells the story it wants to tell nothing , nothing less in about three hours of reading It s complete, but clearly, tangibly just a beginning.The relationship between siblings is something that s always fascinated me, and I love the way it s portrayed here, because it feels real as far as I know, it is, and if it isn t for everyone, I know for certain that it is at least for someone.The entire Katznelson family is one you grow to feel for an incredible amount, despite spending so little time with them in terms of pages.Levi in particular is a wonderful character pretty much an average kid, delightfully normal, but than a little amazing in his own right, brave and funny, but not in a showy, deliberately humourous way.And Boaz Honestly I still know fuck all about Boaz.But I love him That right there says something about the strength of this story as a novel and as a collective portrait.Picking their relationship back up and working through the space that has come between is an extremely difficult process for Levi and Bo, and the way Reinhardt narrates it you can feel it in your bones And that that s what makes the resolution that is not actually a resolution but will satisfy you all the same all the rewarding.It s a delicate but concrete story about friendship, brotherhood and change, with the war in the background a silent, but imposing background.It s the kind of story everyone should read. Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.comBoaz is coming home That s what the reader learns early on Boaz is everything that the narrator, Levi, is not Boaz was the star athlete at school He could have his pick of colleges and scholarships And at least according to Levi , he had the most gorgeous girlfriend in the world But against everyone s wishes, especially their parents , Boaz enlists in the Marines.The Katznelsons had relocated to the United States from Israel Boaz s parents can t understand his need to join the military After all, they are not in Israel any, and in the United States, it s not mandatory to enlist But Boaz has a need inside that he can t convey to his family.Now, it is three years later, and Boaz is home.THE THINGS A BROTHER KNOWS is told through the eyes of Boaz s high school brother, Levi The two used to be close before Boaz started driving in high school Now, Levi just wants to know what makes Boaz tick Since Boaz arrived home, he s been locked in his room Levi knows that something is wrong with his brother, but the rest of the family won t admit that Boaz has changed.When Boaz asks to borrow Levi s computer, Levi begins to snoop at the web sites Boaz is visiting Levi discovers that Boaz is planning a trip to various locations down the East Coast But he can t figure out the final destination, nor what Boaz wants to do on the trip Boaz tells their parents that he wants to travel the Appalachian Trail Levi knows it s a big lie, but he s consumed with the why of the trip rather than anything else Levi manages to catch up with Boaz on his walk, and the two brothers work their way to Boaz s final destination.I have to admit that this is the first book by Dana Reinhardt I truly loved I enjoyed HOW TO BUILD A HOUSE quite a bit, but THE THINGS A BROTHER KNOWS, I loved Levi Katznelson what a great last name was a spirited, sarcastic at times character that you just had to love He reminded me a lot of the characters that John Green creates The story is definitely not an easy topic and very relevant in today s climate, but it was one that needed to be told And is told well.Levi s persistence slowly works its magic on his brother, and by the end of the story, all is revealed, though the ending may not be what the reader is expecting There are highs and lows in the story that work beautifully together to tell the turmoil of one returning soldier, and the brother who loves him and wants to understand what happened to change him so much.