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Blood Brothers by S. A. Harazin

Blood Brothers

by S. A. Harazin

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This story is about two boys, one who has everything and one who has very little, who become fast friends. The boy who is about to go off to college is found by Clay, his friend, one afternoon having hallucinations. Things go from bad to worse and the boy dies. This story gives you an indication of what drugs can do to a person, a family, and friends even when it is taken with out a persons knowledge. This is a very sad story but all to real to what happens in life. ( )
  WickedWoWestwood | Apr 24, 2013 |
Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

In BLOOD BROTHERS, S. A. Harazin combines many "teens will love it" elements sure to be a success for the young adult crowd.

Clay and Joey are best friends, even though their lives are quite different. Clay's mother died when he was just a baby, and while he lives with his dad, there's not much interaction between them. He pretty much fends for himself. Joey, on the other hand, has a great family, gets good grades, and has a terrific future ahead of him.

One night Joey calls Clay. It is obvious that Joey is not himself. He sounds confused and angry, possibly drunk. When Clay arrives, Joey flies into a mad rage, and while attempting to calm Joey and protect himself, Clay shoves Joey. The incident ends in a 911 call with Joey ending up in the hospital in a coma.

Clay works as a nurses' assistant at the hospital and knows just how bad things look for his friend. The personal guilt combined with the hostility he feels from his best friend's parents make Clay determined to investigate exactly what happened to Joey that night. There was some sort of party. Was Joey really just drunk or was it drugs? And if so, what kind of drugs and where did he get them?

Readers are taken along on the wild ride as Clay tries to solve the mystery, do what he can to keep his friend comfortable, and hang on to his own job. Teens will appreciate that S. A. Harazin writes on a realistic level and doesn't try to baby them. The direct, honest approach will attract teen readers and have them recommending this one to their friends. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 9, 2009 |
This was an amazing story, I loved the story line and the describtion of everything. I felt as if I was going through the same thing as Clay was. The ending was ironic yet it showed off how strong as person the main character was and how it was for his benefit. I'd wish for her to write more books like so for me to enjoy reading more. I definately fell in love with this book; I carried it around everywhere! ( )
  DF1AKaitlanM | Oct 8, 2009 |
when clay's,who works at the hospital as an orderly,best friend Joey ends up in the hopital after clay found him in his shed hallucinating and drunk, he finds out that Joey isnt donig so well, so clay sets out on a mission to find out who did this to his friend. i think the book was great. it was a page turner that just wouldnt stop. ( )
  df5b_charnellej | Sep 15, 2009 |
Blood Brothers is about two boys who grow up together and are now in the summer before college begins. Clay works at the hospital to save up money to pay the bills his father neglects. Joey is headed off to Duke and was valedictorian of their class. When Clay comes home from work to see Joey, Joey has gone nuts. Joey attacks Clay and ends up in the hospital. What happens to Joey to make him act crazy?...Find out! This book was very interesting because it was from Clay's point of view and the audience got a look in the life of a hospital orderly. This book does have a medical side, but it is an endearing story of one boy looking out for his best friend. It is quite interesting to find out what happened to Joey and how he turns out in the end. ( )
  DF1A_AubreeD | Sep 10, 2009 |
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Clay’s best friend Joey's golden future shatters one day when he overdoses at a party. Now he's clinging to life at the hospital where Clay works, and Clay may even be implicated in Joey's injuries. Clay will do whatever he can to find out what happened at the party, and to help Joey recover. But to survive this ordeal Clay must draw on a strength he never knew he had.
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Without his job at the hospital, Clay would be lost. The hard work, the struggles of the patients, the drama in the ERÑit makes his days worth something, and gives focus to his dream of someday becoming a doctor. Clay can't afford to go away to college like the rest of his graduating senior class, but what other 17-year-old has delivered a baby or helped save a life?

Still, Clay wishes his life could be more like his best friend Joey's. Joey has it all—a great family, a good college waiting for him at the end of the summer, money, a car. Clay has to bike everywhere, and the miles are starting to wear him down.

But Joey's golden future shatters one day when he overdoses at a party. Now he's clinging to life at the hospital where Clay works, and Clay may even be implicated in Joey's injuries. Tension and emotion rise as those who love Joey gather and wait. Clay will do whatever he can to find out what happened at the party, and to help Joey recover. But to survive this ordeal Clay must draw on a strength he never knew he had.

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With his best friend on life-support after taking drugs at a party, seventeen-year-old Clay, a medical technician, recalls their long friendship, future plans, and recent disagreement, and tries to figure out who is responsible for the accidental overdose.… (more)

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