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LEAN ON PETE (edition 2010)

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Title:LEAN ON PETE
Authors:WILLY VLAUTIN
Info:FABER AND FABER (2010), Paperback, 288 pages
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What a read. The only time I put it down was when I was crying too hard to continue. I don't know which is more difficult to process - how cruel humans can be or for their moments of kindness. Looking forward to reading more by this author but must read something light in between. ( )
  viviennestrauss | Aug 10, 2014 |
Abandoned by his mother, orphaned of his father, 15-year old Charley sets on a journey across America to find his aunt, the only remaining relative who can possibly offer him a better life. He is accompanied on this journey by a horse he befriends (and steals) - Lean on Pete.

Willie Vlautin's "road novel" is recounted in the first-person. Charley's narrative voice uses simple words to devastating effect. This is a tale which skirts the depths of despair and yet finds hope flowering in the most unexpected of places. ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Mar 20, 2014 |
Charley is sad but not mean, hungry but not vicious, more likely to be hurt than to hurt. He is an impoverished fifteen year old who has been fed,watered, and trailered around the Western US by his wayward father who has in some odd way loved this boy. Charley keeps his hurts to himself, until he meets big-eyed, Lean on Pete - who has been fed, watered, and trailered around the West. This is someone he can talk to, and who needs his help. And so the story goes.....

Simple language, but not a simple book, and should not be mistaken for some Disney-esque horse story with a pat, happy ending. Its voice is excellent with only one or two moments that seem out of the genuine. It brings to mind Russell Banks: Rule of The Bone. One hopes for guardian angels and good to come out of this.. an Angela's Ashes success story.



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  grheault | Jan 30, 2014 |
I'm giving it 5 stars for personal reasons. The kid in this book is so much like my 15 year old nephew, and his story could easily go this way. hopefully nobody will die, hopefully he won't lose touch with everybody. Charley's upbringing, his perspective on the world, his reactions to stress and crisis, his sense of justice, his personal boundaries... they're all the same. I'm writing that in a card, wrapping up the book, and hoping that six years from now a 21 year old will be able to see himself here. ( )
  andrewlorien | Jan 22, 2014 |
I loved the voice in Lean on Pete. Willy Vlautin did a great job of getting inside a young person's head. ( )
  Maryka | Oct 21, 2013 |
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Left homeless by the death of his father, fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson sets off with a racehorse, Lean on Pete, on a perilous trek from Portland, Oregon to Wyoming to find a distant aunt, hoping to regain stability in his life.

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