I just finished reading What They Always Tell Us by first time novelist Martin Wilson. Of course the title and cover art intrigued me – then the story captured me. I read it every chance I got. Here’s a quick blurb from our catalog about the book: 16 y.o. Alex feels so disconnected from his friend that he starts his junior year of high school by attempting suicide, but soon a new friend of his brother draws him into cross-country running and a new understanding of himself. – That doesn’t even begin to cover the drama in the book. Alex’s older brother James also tells his story. Wilson creates a pretty accurate picture of high school life – dating, parties, applying for college, sports, etc. Each character is well-developed and can be likened to someone you know. A level of sadness winds throughout the book, even as the characters move towards understanding themselves and others a little better. The brothers are dramatically different by the end of the book and it is so refreshing to read a book like this with main male characters. Guys experience high school so differently than girls.
My favorite characters (besides James and Alex): Alice, Nathen and Henry. Give it a try – get through the first couple of chapters and see what you think. I was hooked once Alex and Henry went out for fast food. The tension and desire to find out more kept me reading.
Book review by Andrea @ ERL