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Grendel's guide to love and war (edição 2017)

por A. E. Kaplan

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The Perks of Being a Wallflowermeets Revenge of the Nerdsin this tale of a teen misfit who seeks to take down the bro next door, but ends up falling for his enemy's sister and uncovering difficult truths about his family in the process. Tom Grendel lives a quiet life-writing in his notebooks, mowing lawns for his elderly neighbors, and pining for Willow, a girl next door who rejects the "manic-pixie-dream" label. But when Willow's brother, Rex (the bro-iest bro ever to don a jockstrap), starts throwing wild parties, the idyllic senior citizens' community where they live is transformed into a war zone. Tom is rightfully pissed-his dad is an Iraq vet, and the noise from the parties triggers his PTSD-so he comes up with a plan to end the parties for good. But of course, it's not that simple. One retaliation leads to another, and things quickly escalate out of control, driving Tom and Willow apart, even as the parties continue unabated. Add to that an angsty existential crisis born of selectively reading his sister's Philosophy 101 coursework, a botched break-in at an artisanal pig farm, and ten years of unresolved baggage stemming from his mother's death . . . and the question isn't so much whether Tom Grendel will win the day and get the girl, but whether he'll survive intact.… (mais)
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Título:Grendel's guide to love and war
Autores:A. E. Kaplan
Informação:New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2017]
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Literary Merit: Very Good
Characterization: Excellent
Recommended: Highly Recommended
Reading Level: 9-12

In this retelling of Beowulf from the monster Grendel's point of view is a fabulous book. Kaplan has a knack for characterization, and readers will instantly love Tom Grendel, who spends his time caring for both his veteran father, who struggles with PTSD, and the older ladies who populate his quiet neighborhood.
When a new family moves into town and begins throwing wild parties every night, Tom's war to stop them becomes ever more dangerous and emotionally taxing on both him and his sister, Zip, before reaching a truly delightful conclusion. All side characters are well-drawn and feel very real, with the exception of the villainous Wolf, who sometimes comes across as cartoonishly evil. This thoughtful work has plenty of rewards for Beowulf fans. It's also a condemnation of toxic white masculinity and bro culture, and should make teens think more deeply about how American society views the elderly, people of color, and veterans with PTSD. ( )
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The Perks of Being a Wallflowermeets Revenge of the Nerdsin this tale of a teen misfit who seeks to take down the bro next door, but ends up falling for his enemy's sister and uncovering difficult truths about his family in the process. Tom Grendel lives a quiet life-writing in his notebooks, mowing lawns for his elderly neighbors, and pining for Willow, a girl next door who rejects the "manic-pixie-dream" label. But when Willow's brother, Rex (the bro-iest bro ever to don a jockstrap), starts throwing wild parties, the idyllic senior citizens' community where they live is transformed into a war zone. Tom is rightfully pissed-his dad is an Iraq vet, and the noise from the parties triggers his PTSD-so he comes up with a plan to end the parties for good. But of course, it's not that simple. One retaliation leads to another, and things quickly escalate out of control, driving Tom and Willow apart, even as the parties continue unabated. Add to that an angsty existential crisis born of selectively reading his sister's Philosophy 101 coursework, a botched break-in at an artisanal pig farm, and ten years of unresolved baggage stemming from his mother's death . . . and the question isn't so much whether Tom Grendel will win the day and get the girl, but whether he'll survive intact.

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