Fearing expulsion and parental disapproval after lighting a shirt on fire at his school, Brent goes home, soaks his bathrobe with gasoline, steps into his shower, and strikes a match. Suffering horrific burns, Brent faces a long, painful recovery - both mentally and physically.
©2004 Brent Runyon; (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC
"Runyon has, perhaps, written the defining book of a new genre, one that gazes ... unflinchingly at boys on the emotional edge." (Booklist, starred review)
I downloaded this book after hearing an excerpt on This American Life. The beginning of this story is riveting, but the rest of the book is not as compelling. The book treats the psychological side of the author's recovery very lightly - concentrating instead on the physical recovery process. Perhaps this book would be better received by adolescent boys.
Everybody should read it. Provides great lessons.
I don't know, they're all great
Good reader. NICE AUSTRALIAN ACCENT.
I don't know, not up to me.
The story was told from the heart. It was difficult to listen to as the story line was intense. It speaks to the saying, "A permanent solution to a temporary problem." It's inspirational that the boy survived and give back to others, so that maybe, in times of darkness, others will seek help.
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