Sex and Violence

Sex and Violence

A Novel

eBook - 2013
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Sex has always come without consequences for seventeen-year-old Evan. Until he hooks up with the wrong girl and finds himself in the wrong place at very much the wrong time. After an assault leaves Evan scarred inside and out, he and his father retreat to the family cabin in rural Minnesota&#x2015%x;which, ironically, turns out to be the one place where Evan can't escape other people. Including himself. It may also offer him his best shot at making sense of his life again.
Publisher: [United States] : Lerner Publishing Group : Made available through hoopla, 2013
ISBN: 9781467716192
1467716197
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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JCLChrisK May 21, 2015

While it certainly contains the titular activities, this book isn't nearly as sensationalistic as its title might imply. More than anything, Sex & Violence is a fantastically-voiced, layered character study. The description "layered" applies to narrator-protagonist Evan, the other characters in the book, and their relationships; and it applies to the meanings of, manifestations of, and connections between sex and violence that Evan gradually comes to grasp in unstated, embodied ways. This is a depiction of real people and life, complex and complicated and lived.

Evan moves through life adrift from any real connections. Since his mom died, his remote dad moves them from place to place before he can make friends--and what's the point since they'll move on before long anyway. His one consolation is the easy, casual sex he's become an expert at finding and leaving. Until he and an adventurous partner are beaten to within an inch of their lives by a couple of jealous brutes. Now Evan is scarred, scared, and broken. His dad moves them to his childhood cabin on a lake in Minnesota for a summer of recovery, where a group of peers takes him in and makes him one of their own. The road to self-acceptance and trust is a long one, though, and it takes Evan much time and many experiences before he is able to figure out who he is and think about moving forward again.

This book is masterfully written; honest, realistic, and believable; sometimes brutal, sometimes tender, always moving; engaging and entertaining and readable even as it's heavy and substantial and meaningful. This is good literature.

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