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Chad Lucas

Forfatter af Thanks a Lot, Universe

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Værker af Chad Lucas

Thanks a Lot, Universe (2021) 87 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
Let the Monster Out (2022) 22 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
You Owe Me One, Universe (Thanks a Lot, Universe #2) (2023) 12 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse

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Honestly, I wanted a slightly less convoluted storyline, but this book is great. Particular strengths -- boy friendships, excellent autistic representation, excellent coverage of the effects of anger and fear, fantastic Black representation, great characters, scary technology and a delicious slice of baseball. It's also wicked Canadian, so I was amused to see so many references to Tim Horton's and a shoutout to Donair. Good at bringing the creep factor, too.
jennybeast | 2 andre anmeldelser | Jul 10, 2024 |
This novel follows Thanks a Lot, Universe.

Ezra and Brian return, as Brian deals with his new life. Brian visits his father in jail, which isn't bad. He loves his father and wants to see him. His mother is doing well, has a job, and acts like a mother to Brian and his bother. Ezra still likes Brian but doesn't want to rush him. Instead of having them face this same question, they quickly end the speculation. Brian and Ezra kiss, leaving Brian feeling nothing. He's not interested in Ezra. He still doesn't know how he feels romantically about anyone, but any romance would be premature. Brian still needs to deal with his life. Panic attacks assail him, leaving him falling into a depression that separates him from his family and friends. He can't control himself or his anger. The novel shows what these problems look like for a middle schooler. His network of friends work hard to give him space when needed and support when needed. Brian possesses real friends who take the time to see him and know when he needs help. They don't tease him or belittle him; they give him what he needs--even when he may not realize that he needs them.

Ezra realizes that nothing will happen with Brian and finds himself taking a different path. He plays basketball with Brian and their friends, but he isn't as good or as interested in the sport. He likes music. He finds that Victor--yes, the Victor who bullied Brian in the last book--also likes music. Victor seems different. He doesn't bully, but he also doesn't explain or apologize for his past behavior. He's an enigma to Ezra. He enjoys spending time with him, but Victor treats Ezra differently depending on if they're alone or at school with others. Is Victor a good person who has changed or is he the same old Victor who is playing with Ezra?

Eventually, the two stories merge. As Brian and Ezra are best friends, how on earth can Brian hang out with Victor? How this issue is resolved shows how relationships can be changed in real life when the right approaches and attitudes are used. The reader also learns how to help teens with depression and anxiety. Overall, it's a nice story about what happens next. After the first novel, everything isn't rosy. Brian's mom is home, but he and his brother must deal with this change as well. Could things change again and they're in the same situation? How does trauma affect people? You see what it does to Brian and how everyone helps him. You see Ezra keep his friends but also incorporate new friends and interests separate from these close friends. You see forgiveness; you see acceptance;; you see admission of wrongdoing and the desire to face it head on; and, you see friendship and family. It's a solid book for middle schoolers showing how we can help one another, grow as people, and learn how to accept people with all their warts.
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acargile | Jun 16, 2024 |
Gr 5–8—Newfound friends Brian and Ezra roll with some serious punches at the end of their seventh grade year.
Brian's family traumatically fractures, and his anxiety becomes overwhelming. Ezra navigates rapidly changing
friendships and struggles to share his sexuality with those close to him. As their bond grows, they see and uplift
each other, demonstrating the importance of honest friendships. At times heartbreaking and other times laugh-outloud funny, this deeply empathetic story radiates hope.… (mere)
BackstoryBooks | 3 andre anmeldelser | Apr 1, 2024 |
This is a good MG read that has some Stranger Things vibes and such. I liked this story, but it wasn't my norm and I wasn't the target audience so I think that's part of why I didn't get as much out of it. I think the target audience would enjoy, love, and get more out of it.
It deals with some good topics about autism, such as a child deciding to ask their parents about finding out about themselves and if they're autistic, etc or not. Also, it talks about and deals with anger, bullying, and what it's like for children to find themselves, figure things out for themselves, find their groups, the people that will be their true friends, and the importance of family as well.
This is a story about a group of kids in a town where things start to go awry with the grown-ups. The adults start to behave very strangely and out of character so the group of friends go investigate to find what the reason behind their changed behavior is. They discover that a strange and mysterious corporation/business is behind why the grown-ups begin acting strangely and they all have to face their fears.
If you're looking for something that has a mystery/Stranger Things vibes, that's great for Middle-Grade readers and such then make sure to look at this one. Thanks to NetGalley and Abrams Kids/Amulet Books for letting me read and review this story. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Kiaya40 | 2 andre anmeldelser | Jun 19, 2023 |





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