The Evolution of Ethan Poe

The Evolution of Ethan Poe

Book - 2011
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Ethan Poe, sixteen and gay, struggles for balance while his life conspires to pull him in many different directions. His parents are divorcing; his older brother Kyle is damaging his right hand in the name of purity; his best friend is a Jesus freak who prays for him to be straight; he's desperate to get his driver's license, but he can't seem to get enough supervised driving time. He's just starting to see light in the form of Max Modine, a boy he wants to know much better than he does, when his rural Maine town begins to explode around him. Against his intentions he gets pulled into a pitched and sometimes violent conflict about whether to introduce Intelligent Design into science classrooms. Friendships end, families are torn apart, and the school becomes a battleground. Always seeking elusive balance, Ethan finds his way through a maze of lost friends, new love, and the mysteries of tattoos and power animals, with help from quarters where he never expected to find it. And he gains something better than balance.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kensington Books, c2011
Description: 387 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780758246806
0758246803
Branch Call Number: Rear

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Jun 23, 2015

I made it only to page 36 before having to abandon this one. Although I sympathized with Ethan and appreciate the story the author wanted to tell, Ethan's rambling inner dialogue was hard to swallow and rang false from page one, as though the author were trying waaaay too hard for the dialect "teenagerish." Supporting characters are drawn as almost unbearably one-dimensional, and the messages are so heavy-handed I felt like I was being beaten over the head (as a sympathizer!).

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