Angry Young Men
Author: Chris Lynch
Published: February 8, 2011
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars
Alexander, who wants to be called Xan, is a misfit. He has never fit in—not in academics, sports, or social life. He’s an awkward loner who hasn’t been able to find his place in the world.
Robert is Xan’s half-brother, and unlike Xan, Robert seems to have his life together. At eighteen, he’s enrolled in community college with a decent job and a great girlfriend. Robert often teases his brother, but he’s also his biggest supporter. No matter what, he’s got Xan’s back.
When Robert starts to suspect that Xan is traveling down a dangerous path, he may be the only one who can save Xan from self-destructing—before it’s too late. But can Robert save himself?
This edgy exploration of what goes on in the mind of someone pushed to the brink examines the seeds of extremism that exist in everyone—and is sure to captivate readers of all kinds
This is more about character development than anything else. Normally, I’m not so hot at those; this book, I got all involved in. I liked Xan and Robert. They seemed realistic and relatable. There’s not tons to say to such a simple story except I liked getting to know the boys, but the stakes weren’t high enough to make the ending as satisfying as it could have been. This is a short and simple story that’s high in moral conflict and emotions . . . I don’t want to say much more, cuz spoilers. I do recommend it, just with managed expectations.