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Under the Wolf, Under the Dog

by Adam Rapp

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Steve Nugent is writing his story from a facility for troubled teens. He has survived his mother's death from cancer, and his older brother's suicide, but just barely. Here, he describes the events that brought him to this place. Because of his honesty, he's not always a likable character, but his story is compelling. ( )
  jbarth | Nov 18, 2008 |
This compelling narrative of journal entries by a 16-year-old boy immerses the reader into his deteriorating mental state. Unable to cope with his mother's death and his brother's suicide, he contemplates suicide himself. In a home for troubled teens he rediscovers “living.” The poetic language and gripping vivid images portray his spiraling out of control and his redemptive steps of recovery.
  CSLA2Team | Jun 8, 2008 |
This is a depressing book and I would not be inclined to recommend it although it received the Schneider Family Book Award for Teens in 2006 and was the ALA Best Young Adult Book of 2005. The story is told in the first person by a 17 year old boy as a cathartic exercise suggested by a counselor in a private facility that houses teen drug addicts and suicidal risks. In 300, often agonizing pages, replete with horrific descriptions of his mother's advancing cancer, his brother's suicide by hanging,and his descent into a murky abyss of deep depression, erratic behavior and self mutilation, the story leaves an uncomfortable imprint in this reader's mind. Caution is advised. ( )
  vortega | Feb 18, 2008 |
Rapp spoke on the IRA panel and talked about finding "his" voice in the pages of Catcher in the Rye, and about trying now to give voice to modern day Holdens. Yet the relative innocence of CITR (how did that book ever get banned?) is nothing like Rapp's world where broken kids sometimes land in equally broken institutions that try to fix them. Here, Rapp tells the story of Steve, doing time in a youth psychiatric hospital, stuck in the middle between Blue Groupers (suicidal teens) and the Red Groupers (addicts). Loaded with metaphors, allusions, and plenty of dog symbolism, Rapp gives voice to Steve telling about his life in the hospital, and the series of events which led him there. Rapp writes beautifully about ugly things, in particular a scene where Steve loses control and destroys a room full of television sets. Review originally appeared in Novelist. ( )
  chairshotxl | Oct 26, 2007 |
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How to start. Okay. Here it goes. Mrs. Leene said I should begin by describing myself.
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"Steve Nugent is a character as distinctive and disturbing as Salinger’s Holden Caulfield." — BOOKLIST (starred review)

Steve Nugent is in Burnstone Grove, a facility for kids who are either addicts or have tried to commit suicide. But Steve doesn’t fit in either group, and he used to go to the gifted school. So why is he in Burnstone Grove? Keeping a journal, Steve tries to figure out who he is by examining who he was. Both heartbreaking and starkly humorous, this brutal story of escape and the desire for redemption is masterfully told by award-winning writer and film director Adam Rapp.

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Sixteen-year-old Steve struggles to make sense of his mother's terminal breast cancer and his brother's suicide.

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Editions: 0763618187, 0763633658

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