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The Compulsive Reader: The Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees

Saturday, August 9, 2008

The Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees


Frankie and his brother Steve are very different. While unpopular Frankie spends his time playing with explosives with his best friend, working at his parents' restaurant, and dreaming about Rebecca Sanchez, Steve is the widely respected soccer star with a scholarship and the perfect social standing.

But then John Dalton, son of the man who practically owns their little New Mexican town, picks a fight with the brothers, and Steve is bent on retaliation, especially when John starts fights with Frankie when he's alone and outnumbered. As things escalate and Steve begins to take more and more risks all in the name of respect, Frankie will come to realize that garnering respect and doing the right thing don't always go hand in hand.

The Brothers Torres is an unassuming novel that carries a powerful message within its pages. This unlikely coming of age story is punctuated by the rich Hispanic culture and influence and its pages are scattered with Spanish words and phrases that give it a completely authentic and genuine feel. All at once serious and humorous, poignant and full of everyday occurrences, this book speaks volumes about what it is like growing up in today’s society, with the urges to do what is right and the expectation of acting tough. Voorhees gives his characters a larger than life feel and wields control of his plot with great skill. His wholly unique and entirely relatable cast of characters and clock of situations make him an author to watch.

3 comments:

Shooting Stars Mag said...

wow, great review. i've heard a bit about this book and it sounds really interesting. looks like i need to go and find a copy somewhere.

lauren

Breanna said...

I thought this book was great. It did have a strong message and I loved that. I'm so glad I got to chance to read it. And I'm glad you liked it too. =)

-Breanna

Book~Adorer said...

this book should be heading my way soon, I am even more excited to read it after this review.