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In Angry Young Man, award-winning author Chris Lynch takes us into the mind of a boy whose journey of self-discovery leads to the unthinkable....

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Number of Pages : 167 Pages
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Angry Young Man Reviews

  • Meredith Holley
    2018-11-13 23:27

    Beautiful. I woke up on the morning I started reading this book and went down to my first breakfast at the new resort I was staying at for the last leg of my trip to Zanzibar. The girl I was with slept fourteen hours every night (hi, Miranda!), so I always had the mornings to myself at that resort. I went up to the waiters to find out how to order breakfast because it was never the same at any of the hotels. The mustachioed waiter said, “This is where you write your order,” and showed me the sheet of paper. “But what are my options?” I asked. The non-mustachioed waiter said, “Optionsssssss! You have many options!” and then grinned at me conspiratorially because we were already kind of friends. I had a Spanish omelet, which they guarantied me was the best. I got to the table and pulled open my Kindle to take a look at the first couple of pages of Angry Young Man. My plan was to move on to something else if it didn’t catch my interest. I was immediately hooked, though, and spent the rest of the day inside of this so beautiful story.As a sibling story, this reminds me of J.D. Salinger’s and David James Duncan’s writings. It has that cadence of family lingo built from years of affection and harassment. One brother is the sensitive one in this story – the Seymour Glass, Holden Caulfield, Irwin Chance, or Bill Bob Orviston – the magic brother. The other is the more mainstream brother, who has ancestors in the Salinger and Duncan stories as well. The mainstream brother tells the story, but with so much love for the heartbreak of the sensitive brother that I fell for them both a little. It seems more similar to Brothers K than the Salinger books because it pokes fun at the drama of the sensitive brother, even while sympathizing with him. Salinger takes the anger and alienation more seriously. I think that this book has the potential to be controversial like Catcher in the Rye is controversial, though. The other day, a friend of mine posted a quote on facebook that made me think of Angry Young Man and Catcher. “Ultimately . . . any text speaks through its reader. . . . Consequently the meaning of the text is often only as moral as its reader. If the reader is intolerant, hateful, or oppressive, so will be the interpretation of the text." It’s from Khaled Abou El Fadl in an article titled “The Place of Tolerance in Islam.” It’s easy to blame books for violence, and this feels like a book that will get blamed for violence. I don’t think it should be, though. I just found out that my financial aid for this term of school is set to be about one-fourth of what it was last term, and the aid office is being very frustrating about it. And it makes me so angry! It is so infuriating to have people be cavalier with your livelihood. I don’t think we’re intended to endorse or condemn the boys in this book, but they seem so realistic to me, so like how you react when your family and home is threatened. I get who they are and why they do what they do, and I am them right now, shaking my fist at the financial aid office. And they’re realistic in this lovely way. Lynch tells you just the right things about who they are and what they do. Also, there are some great women in here, even though it is not about them.Despite the ultimate seriousness and social relevance of this story to American society, which contrasted weirdly when I was reading it with drinking soda and cider in a tiki hut down by the beach, it was sort of wonderfully lighthearted and entertaining. I guess it kind of reminds you that most of us are somehow displaced and imposed upon by the injustices of the world. It made me look at the waiters, both mustachioed and non-, who worked from 6:30 a.m. to 10 or 11 p.m., and wonder if they don’t feel something like the brothers in this book. Like you can’t just not do something about so much injustice.

  • Tatiana
    2018-12-09 01:18

    2.5 starsA menacing cover, a title promising darkness and danger... and the story itself just doesn't deliver.What kind of person becomes a terrorist? Violent? Crazy? Not necessarily. Lynch offers a very convincing portrait of such a person - a teen without a father figure, sensitive, vulnerable, tender, easily influenced, unable to fend for himself or fit in, inevitably bullied and, yes, sympathetic. The strength of Angry Young Man is in characterization. Troubled Alexander (Xan) as seen through the eyes of his older, more confident brother Robert - is a highlight of the novel. He is an epitome of a displaced, disenfranchised youth who falls for the wrong cause.The whole first part of the books builds tension, laying ground for something really bad to happen, but then gets off the rails, culminating in a too neat and comfortable ending. I would also like to know who this Angry Young Man is that is alluded to in the title, because Xan certainly wasn't.A disappointing story, but I still stand by my recommendation of Chris Lynch's earlier, more superior work Inexcusable

  • Peep (Pop! Pop!)
    2018-11-28 04:28

    Let's get this straight - I didn't hate the book. I know I gave it only one star, but I have my reasons. First, I LOVE the cover. It's kind of simple but it just tells me so much. It just tells me that this book will be about an angry young man and there will be trouble. Yes, trouble. I'd rate this as one of my favorite covers because I think it says so much while being so simple.I liked the story about meeting his father. I thought that was pretty funny though it didn't have much to do with the rest of the book.I like the way it was written. I liked Robert as he did seem like a typical big brother. I thought it was realistic how he behaved towards his brother. Annoying, loving, rude, sometimes clueless, and slightly protective. We weren't inside Alexanders head so I don't know why he did some of the things he did. His need to wear his tinted glasses made me think that there was something more to him but for the most part he just was the same guy throughout the book. I felt bad that he felt so left out and young all the time. I had a hard time remembering that he was an older teen and not much younger.I don't get it. Yeah, he's a hothead at times but I got the vibe that he was more weird than anything. That didn't work for me. I didn't get "angry", I got a crazy mix of mentally unstable and weird. I saw some stupid and impulsive things. I felt that the whole cause for him being angry was just silly. I felt like the book was going somewhere and that the Cause was preparing for this dastardly deed but ultimately they came off as pranks. Not anything angry, just something you'd see on a prank show or Jack***. Scratch that, these are pranks that I'd see in a YA book for younger kids. I guess the cover just built me up and I expected more.About the ending, I didn't feel like it matched with the rest of the book. I thought to myself, "Is this a joke? Is this really happening?". I did not get the jump from A to Psycho.My biggest problem with the book is the total lack of responsibility for their actions. There was a need to punish others but no need to be accountable. For example, the mom just swept everything under the rug and brushed off her problems. Here's a thought - you got yourself into this mess now try to work it out! Her lack of stepping up almost cost her her kids. That made me so mad. Why not face it and own up to it? Either way you look at it, your boys are involved. They are old enough to help so let them. Instead it gets crazy and ridiculous and everything "works out". Ugh. Am I wrong to think that what they did was SERIOUS?!?! After the "incident" in the end, we get treated to a prologue of sorts that I felt was extremely out of place. Hey, let's do this "incident" but it's okay now. I was hoping there would be some mention of therapy or something. Ugh.

  • Leigh Collazo
    2018-11-28 01:16

    This book does have a positive message about turning your life around, even after you have royally messed up. I like how close the brothers are, even though they are quite competitive and Robert does not initially seem to realize how much his teasing affects Xan. Xan and Robert are well-drawn characters that evoke reader sympathy.A slice of life story about a family in hard times, this short novel just didn’t move me the way it should have. Nothing much really happens. Xan definitely gets in over his head with the radical group, but aside from an arrest for a minor crime, he really suffers no major consequences. I am still scratching my head over which brother truly is the “Angry Young Man.” Considering Xan’s deep-rooted emotional problems, the book’s ending seems trite and way too easy. A dark and explosive front cover and strong central characters are barely enough to sustain the slow-moving plot. While I do think some reluctant readers may relate to the brothers and their declining neighborhood, for me, Angry Young Man is not something I’ll really remember a month from now.

  • Brian Kelley
    2018-12-05 23:20

    Of the tall stack of YA books I've read since early November, I struggled the most with Chris Lynch's Angry Young Man. I just couldn't read through a chapter without feeling like I was wasting my time, but I pushed through the book anyway to be fair. At times it took me two to three sittings per chapter to move through it; I found other distractions easily...such as filling the dog's water dish.No offense to the author intended, but I really felt like I wasted my time with this novel. (Note: I can't speak about the book without including a spoiler here, so if you intend to read Angry Young Man you're better off leaving my review now and experiencing it for yourself.)The story itself: a pair of post-high school brothers try to find their way in a house barely kept afloat by a single mother struggling to make ends meet. A bill collector intrudes on their house and family, pounding on the door, calling on the phone at all hours of the day and night. One of the brothers spends a lot of time with a local militant hell bent on causing damage and inflicting harm to making the world a better place one night at a time. It all meets at the end where the brothers take a homemade bomb and place it under the bill collector's desk (to prove a point?)--and then think better of it as they leave. They run back in, convince the guy who is just doing his job to chase them (which saves his life as the building goes boom), and live happily ever after because the bill collector suspects someone else and these two kids get off clean...everyone in their family maintains a job and they bond as a family, making it work one day at a time.The story didn't speak to me on any level--as a reader, teacher, admirer of good story telling... Written in first-person narrative the story contained a lot of summary. I never felt any emotional connection with any circumstance. Their angst, anger, frustration, deviance, love for their mother or each other fell completely flat and ineffectual.The reader is kept at a distance from a plot which never really sorts itself out. At the moment that you might start to believe that the younger brother is lost in the seedy underbelly of a homegrown terrorist then story conveniently ends with all is well.I thought a writer's job was to be brutal with his/her characters. Raise the stakes. Raise the what next factor. Lynch totally bails his characters out and left me wishing I bailed when I first suspected a problem existed. For all of the huff and puff of the terms "terrorist" and "bomb" this book delivered as much disappointment as a hollow chocolate bunny.I do not recommend this for your classroom library--there is too much going on in the world of YA literature to settle for this novel. http://walkthewalkblog.blogspot.com/

  • Beth
    2018-12-05 23:37

    4.5 stars.Chris Lynch, you still have it in you!After being thoroughly disappointed by INEXCUSABLE and wanting to hug SINS OF THHE FATHERS for the rest of my life and being thoroughly confused by FREEWILL and not in a good way, I wondered if there was a more inconsistent author than Lynch.But Angry Young Man is quite the wow book. The humanity of the writing is almost unbearably beautiful. A surprise of AYM was how lovely the female characters were - both Babette and Carly. Babette especially, but Lynch had sensitivity for Carly, the Christian fanatic. After the overwhelmingly unlikeable Gigi in Inexcusable, I was starting to wonder if Lynch's thing were his male characters, while his female fell by the wayside. AYM disproves this. But what I loved about AYM is Lynch's ability to take a not wholly sympathetic character as his main one and give him such a rhythmic, extraordinary and compelling voice. Robert is the kind of character who would be a secondary antagonist in most YAs - the bullying perfect older brother, under whom the younger brother feels lost and overshadowed. And Xan? What did he did with Xan was equally special. Xan is a disturbed person, but Lynch's writing of him made him so real and awkwardly relatable that it actually made me feel sick throughout the book. What was going to happen? What was Xan going to do? What was Robert going to do? Oh holy shit, was it all about to go wrong?More, please, Chris Lynch.Half a star taken off because the storyline felt underdeveloped in parts, especially Xan's bond with Harry. I have an extreme amount of admiration for Lynch's ability to take a secondary character as the main character, but, in all honesty, he wasn't 100% successful. I would have liked to see Xan's relationship with Harry get deeper and darker, and I felt that we needed to see more of it to understand how Xan could be so enthralled by someone who even Carly admitted was dangerous.Also, don't think that this is 100% depressing. It's not. It has moments of humour that had me scoffing and laughing to myself, and the scene where Robert verbally kicks Wayne's ass is glorious.

  • Alexandria Godina
    2018-12-13 20:16

    WOW- i couldn't believe this got such bad reviews. I loved this book, read it in a day since it was so intriguing and short-which was really nice. I felt like i could easily recommend this to any reader especially those who like a little darker stories. Yes, there were sudden plot endings but you can only expect so much from a short book and i think that is okay sometimes you don't want to read a 400 page book. I enjoyed reading and learning about the dynamic of the brothers relationship and how different they were, and the struggles of their family but how regardless of everything their bonds came before everything else.

  • Jules Hucke
    2018-11-23 20:22

    Last I checked, people use contractions when they speak. The fact that the characters didn't in this book threw me so much that I could not remotely get into the flow of it. Add to that the weak plot, the lack of depth, and the dullness of the narrator, and this was a doozy of a flop. Only saved from one star by an interesting-ish brither character (who could have been so much more). This book reads like it was written by a tenth grader.

  • Marilyn
    2018-11-15 20:12

    I'm surprised that so many goodreads readers didn't like this book. I found it funny, insightful and compelling. I thought the brothers' relationship was complex and true to life in that complexity. And there is a scene describing a soccer match that is probably the best description of soccer play that I've ever read. Some language, violence and talk of sex.

  • John
    2018-12-07 03:09

    The first few pages aren't particularly good, but it gets better, then takes a wrong turn with the introduction of cartoonish animal rights advocates.I thought this whole thing was going to be about toxic masculinity--about deconstructing it, pointing out its flaws, starting to build something more functional in its place. But no. It's about how toxic masculinity is bad as long as it challenges the status quo. Toxic masculinity is fine, according to this book, as long as it's aimed at unpopular people making your life difficult, even if they're ostensibly doing something legal--because, hey, deus ex machina, they're also mafia! And stupid. So very stupid. Deus ex, waves wand, happy resolution. Never mind if you just sent the mafia after someone innocent, because they're probably annoying too, or at least not family and so not actual people who matter.Yeah. This book. So very disappointed. [sigh]

  • Jarod Whaley
    2018-12-12 20:09

    I read Angry Young Man by Chris Lynch which is about a lowlife family struggling to get by. The mother has two kids, Alexander and Robert. They both have different dads but are only a year or so apart in age. Roberts dad who makes steady visits to the family, has a grudge against their mother and finds ways to disrupt their life as much as he can. Robert, the perfect child, the one who has it all together and Alexander, the kid without a life, the loser, who doesn’t know where to go with a rough background find themselves stuck in Alexander's mess. There are two factories in town which Alexander and his friends want to end at least one of them. Going out every night to what the family thinks is a visit to his girlfriend's quickly turns into an illegal operation to help the world with a “good cause”. Does Alexander and his misfits cause the world to be a better place or will everything erupt right in front of them? I liked how the book described the family and the kids situations but that led to the book going along slow at points. It gave an accurate representation of how a family can live in this world with similar characteristics. I give it a 3 out of 5 stars because it can be slow, but overall is a nice, exciting, and unpredictable book.

  • Alycia
    2018-12-08 02:20

    2 starsI would have liked it better if the story had been from Xan's point of view. Some parts of the story dragged a little bit. I would have connected more to the characters if I knew more about the main character's psychological distress, I would have enjoyed the read more. Robert's point of view was interesting considering the fact that it's a family member dealing with his brother distress.

  • Jaime
    2018-11-12 21:10

    When I first started reading this there was a quality banter between the siblings and I thoroughly enjoyed them picking on each other. I didn't read the full synopsis before reading so I wasn't sure what to expect. Right about when they were at the vegan restaurant is when I started becoming disinterested. From that point on, the story just seemed dull and the whole "good causes" shit was not my cup of tea. I hated every aspect of it. I like to think of myself as an open minded person but I really hate reading about people who think they're "doing a good cause" when in reality, they were hurting more than helping. The doctor with the illegal alien shit really pissed me off. Yeah, let's hurt this person because they hurt that person and so on and so on. Because that's how justice works, right? As if that doctor learned anything??? Even after he was poisoned, or whatever was put in his drink, he still CLEARLY viewed the world the same way. So WTF was the point? The story ended poorly. I hate books like this, when the beginning captures you and as the story goes on you're just like....why did I waste my time. Disappointing.

  • Zoë
    2018-11-20 01:36

    I'd actually been meaning to pick up Inexcusable by Chris Lynch for the past few months, but when I had the opportunity to read Angry Young Man I decided to make that my introduction to Lynch instead. Angry Young Man is the story of two brothers, told from the perspective of the older brother Robert, who lives in a small apartment with his little brother Alexander and his mother. The boys have two different fathers and their mother has never married. Robert is taking classes at the local community college, working to help out his mom, and spending a lot of time with his girlfriend, while Alexander mostly just spends time in his room. When Alexander does the unthinkable Robert has to decide how far he'll really go for his little brother.This book took me awhile to get into, which is kinda significant when you consider it's under 200 pages so taking 100 to catch my interest is over half the novel. The issue I had was that Angry Young Man only develops a plot in the last quarter of the book. I've repeatedly said that I don't mind novels without plots (hello literary fiction) but this is a young adult book with fairly basic characters and writing so it just doesn't work without any plot driving the reader to turn the pages. It was really difficult to even try to give a synopsis of the story without giving away spoilers, since the story doesn't even really start until three quarters into the book. I did find it nice to read a novel written in a masculine voice for a change as I seem to mostly pick up YA with female narrators.My favourite thing about Angry Young Man is the relationship that Lynch portrays between Robert and Alexander. He shows that even when people love each other, they can still sometimes do heartless things, like ignore their younger brother when he is being bullied. The way the brothers interacted felt very believable. On the other hand, I couldn't care less about all the relationship drama the book contained including Alexander going out with a girl Robert once dated.The major problem I had with Angry Young Man was not only that there wasn't a plot for most of the book, but that when it did occur I really didn't buy it. Of course, the book is written from Robert's perspective not Alexander's so it is impossible to really get inside his head, but Lynch made him become suddenly "angry" and it just felt odd. I never truly felt Alexander was even actually angry, he seemed more jaded and a bit of a loner, and his sudden transition to extremist felt awkward and unbelievable. Angry Young Man is a book which is definitely attempting to appeal to a specific audience- that of angry young men- but I think from a literary perspective it would mostly be appropriate for younger teens who might not notice the gaping flaws in character development.

  • Karen
    2018-12-01 21:15

    Angry Young Man is the story of two brothers. The elder, Robert, is our narrator. He's the popular, assured one with the cool girlfriend (Babette), the community college plan, and future goals to be a kids' sports coach. Xan, on the other hand, is the misfit of misfits. It's hard to describe Xan. You really have to read him to get him. He's awkward, super sensitive, socially floundering, and his intensity about injustice rules his life. The book begins with Xan putting on a pair of amber sunglasses that conceal his eyes. Since the eyes are the windows to the soul, Xan doesn't want anyone looking in. You can't help but like Xan, but you know from page one that life has to be an ongoing source of trauma for him. Robert mercilessly but lovingly gives Xan a hard time. All the time. Yet Robert, who never protected his brother adequately in high school, now wants to see Xan figure out his life. The boys both live with their mother. She works all the time, spends much of her life exhausted, yet she insists on sit down dinners with her sons at least once a week. This is a close family. A loving one. And one now tormented by a slimy debt collector who's hounding them over the mother's unpaid credit card bills. When Robert brings Xan with him to his community college classes, and Xan starts attending a social worker's beginning course, Robert little realizes that Xan is going to take a turn for the truly troubling. Suddenly aware of even more injustices plaguing the world, Xan takes up company with a local group of young students whose acts border on terrorism. And there is Xan, the sensitive, misled young man, fulfilling the increasingly dangerous wishes of the group's militant leader. Robert fights to save Xan from the group and from himself (Xan, that is) while at the same time trying to stave off the harrassment of the debt collector. Things begin to spiral out of control, leaving the reader wondering if everyone is going to meet an unpleasant downfall.Sounds heavy, right? Parts are, though nowhere near as heavy as Chris Lynch's novel from a few years back, Inexcusable. This new book, despite its conflict for the characters, is full of humor. Lynch writes about brothers who fight but love one another, from the point of view of a very funny, if angry, narrator. It's the way the narrator speaks and sees the world that makes you like him so much. Robert and Xan are polar opposites, bound by blood. Even when Robert is giving Xan the worst treatment, you know he loves Xan. This is a brief book, but don't let that fool you into thinking there isn't a lot within its pages. Is this the best teen book of the year? Well, I'm not sure of that yet. The ending seemed a trifle abrupt to me, although I also found it very satisfying.

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2018-12-08 03:29

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.comThere are two young men in Chris Lynch's new novel with reason to be angry. Robert and Alexander have been raised by a single mother who struggles to make ends meet. Robert had the unpleasant experience of meeting his father once, while Alexander knows nothing about his sperm donor. The two brothers are different as night and day, but still living at home and still sharing the same tiny room, they have developed a sometimes strained but tolerable relationship.Robert, the older brother, attempts to describe his unusual sibling. He wishes others would understand Alexander (Xan). In fact, he wishes he could understand him. Xan definitely marches to the beat of a different drummer. Although smart enough, he quit school and spends his days just hanging around, while Robert works hard for a local mechanic so he can contribute to the household expenses. At the same time, he also attends the local community college. These different approaches to life make for almost daily arguments.Even though Xan irritates Robert, he tries to get his younger brother involved in activities that will get him out of the house and hopefully build Xan's self-esteem. For a short time, soccer appears to be a possible solution, but Xan's erratic behavior ends up turning the team against him.When Robert learns that Xan is starting to attend a class at the community college aimed at inspiring social activism, he has hopes that maybe things are changing. Unfortunately, Xan gets involved with a less than desirable group who call themselves the Good Causes. When the leader of the group reveals some radical ideas that get him kicked out of the Social Responsibility class, Xan is already deeply involved with the group.Robert watches from a distance until he discovers the group's activities are becoming more violent. He fears Xan's need for acceptance will result in his involvement in a dangerous situation. In the meantime, Robert's attempts to protect their mother from problems of her own have him battling his own angry impulses.Author Chris Lynch expertly portrays two young adults struggling to find their way in a world out to stack the odds against them. Alexander is a typical misfit lucky enough to have a brother willing to stand up for him. Robert's hard work and confidence is inspiring, even when it becomes obvious that he isn't as sure of himself as he would like people to believe. Lynch makes great use of humor to lighten the tense moments in this sometimes rather dark tale.

  • Jason Kurtz
    2018-11-23 20:21

    Having read Inexcusable and Freewill, I expected much more from Lynch in this novel. I was expecting something horrible to happen with the turn of every page and it never comes to fruition. The title is Angry Young Man but no one seems very "angry", mostly just irritated. This book does not push the envelope for me and definitely does not live up to the hype of the back cover blurb. "This edgy exploration of what goes on in the mind of someone pushed to the brink examines the seeds of extremism that exist in everyone" This book is not edgy, I felt the "exploration" was minimal at best, and without giving away to much, I didn't think the "extreme" was very extreme. Lynch is known for his edgy work, and this is NOT it. I thought the main character/narrator Robert was bland and forgetable and his brother Xan was not much more than a pair of amber colored glasses walking around being awkward. Pete Hautman's Invisible and even to some extent Laurie Halse Anderson's Twisted were better (featuring deeper, disturbed young men) than Angry Young Man. Sorry, but this one misses the mark for me.

  • Deb Geiger
    2018-12-08 00:36

    Angry Young Man by Chris Lynch starts with the words by narrator Robert: "I want you to understand my brother. I don't need you to, so don't get all worked up over it or anything. Ultimately you can do what you like. But I would like for you to understand him. As far as that goes, I'd like to understand him myself." Twenty-year-old Robert is a stable, responsible community college student who both loves and is mystified by his younger brother Alexander (Xan) who has been a misfit from Robert's earliest memories--a sensitive and awkward loner who is prone to angry outbursts. While Xan appears to make progress toward "normality" in his life after high school--playing on a men's soccer team, getting a job, auditing a class at the community college, and meeting a girl--he also gets caught up in some of his same patterns of violence and lack of control. Lynch does a convincing job of portraying an older brother's conflicting feelings and unique insight about his brother. Although I found some parts of the plot unbelievable, I found myself caring about Xan and having sympathy about his awkwardness. I also loved and understood Robert's loyalty to his brother--and his wanting to find hope in the imperfect situation they live in.This book will appeal to readers who love to get into the minds and hearts of characters, but will probably be a disappointment to those who are craving a fast-moving plot.

  • Haleykrob
    2018-11-12 20:12

    "Angry Young Man" by Chris Lynch is a book about two brothers who are very different from each other. The older one, Robert, is on a soccer team, has a girlfriend, and goes to classes at a community college. His brother, Alexander (or Xan for short), is more of an introvert. He's talented at soccer, but doesn't like the other team members. He wears tinted glasses to hide glimpses of his soul from other people. Regardless, they live with their mother and try to help her pay bills.Xan joins an animal-liberating vegan group, much to his family's dismay. Every night, he and his group go out and risk confrontation from the police, and getting fines the family can't afford. A strange man keeps coming to their house, and saying their mother owes him a lot of money, and wont give up until he gets it. On top of that, Robert has to try and keep his part time job as an assistant gym teacher.This book is really slow and boring. It's only 200 pages long, but it took 3 months to read. nothing really happens, besides the brothers arguing about the same things. Every now and then, the mom joins the argument too. I also didn't like how Robert was the one narrating, because he was judgmental and boring. If he didn't understand something, or it wasn't something he would do he'd get all mad and obnoxious. I would not recommend this book.

  • Young-adults
    2018-11-12 23:33

    Review by Jenny F. Anger can kill; but will Alexander actually do it? He’s had enough of the torment, the lame excuses, and the misery that’s been thrown on top of him, so he joined the Good Causes, a group who says they’re devoted to making the world a little better; however, when they start digging up graves and poisoning doctors, his big brother, Robert, is worried that he’s going overboard. Then robert finds out about the bomb. Deep inside his hear, Robert knows that Alexander is a good person, and if there’s one person who can save him, it’s Robert. But Robert’s caught up in anger too, also with the unfairness of the world, and he’s tempted to use the bomb – can he overcome this madness and save both of them before it’s too late! This novel is breath-taking; it exposes the gaping flaws of the human world (which is understandable, since no one and nothing is perfect) and slams you into the heart of monstrosity. Even though the beginning is not so great, don’t ever get discouraged; the true genius of this book will explode at you near the end, and you need to read the beginning to experience the full blast of the brilliance.Reserve the book here: http://alpha2.suffolk.lib.ny.us/recor...

  • Julie
    2018-12-06 04:14

    Although Xan and Robert are brothers, they’re on the opposite end of the spectrum, and Xan is always in his older brother’s shadow. Robert has a somewhat steady job, goes to the community college and has a girlfriend while Xan is struggling with everything, especially a place to fit into. Robert has always been the one to keep his brother’s temper in check, so what will happen when he has a lapse in judgment? This book is very hard to summarize because its plot is pretty amorphous, but it’s not amorphous in the sense that it’s random. It’s just a very subtle plot and very slow moving. The author, Chris Lynch, is an amazing writer, and I think that kept me reading more than the actual plot. The characters he fleshes out are so realistic and multi-dimensional. I love the themes he explores in this book. Overall, this book isn’t something you want to pick up if you’re looking for a light read; however, if you’re looking for something that’ll make you think and has uncanny realistic portrayal of lower class life, this is something you’d want to read.

  • Cornmaven
    2018-11-20 21:18

    I liked this book about two brothers one a shining star throughout middle school and high school, the other adequately talented, but a victim of bullying and rejection. The setting is post all that, but everyone's got to deal with the past. Lynch kept me guessing about Alexander's relationship with Harry, and actually I was surprised at what it turned out to be.The writing was very well done, characters well developed, with the voicing of these early young adults at a pace that to me replicated the typical banter between college kids, sort of snarky but affectionate. This story has a "do the means justify the ends" question that would make for a good starting discussion point. I really didn't like the resolution, and felt that the boys should have had a consequence for what they did at the hospital. Which would make another good discussion point - should Lynch have made the ending different to answer fully the means/ends question?

  • April
    2018-12-01 20:10

    When I think of myself in high school, I remember back to being angry with the status quo, angry with politics, etc. I wrote political poetry for our high school poetry slam team, and our coach dubbed me an angry young man, despite my being a woman and all. I think this makes sense, or at least this time in life, because being a teen is a time of rebellion, testing limits, and not liking the status quo if you are being shafted by it. Angry Young Man by Chris Lynch is a very short contemporary young adult novel at 176 pages which explores the dynamic between one such angry young man named Xan who doesn’t seem to fit anywhere and ends up turning to anarchy and his brother, Robert who is Mr. Popular, athletic, and has status.Click here to read the rest of my review

  • Miz Lizzie
    2018-11-14 23:32

    Two brothers living in the inner city with their mother struggle to find purpose and meaningful relationships in their lives. Told by Robert, the older brother who has a girlfriend and a part-time job and attends community college as he seeks to understand Alexander, his sensitive misfit unemployed younger brother whom he both loves and picks on. Robert's voice is strong and engaging. The novel swiftly appears to be a study of the forces that draw angry young men to become terrorists. But, then, it twists to reveal the forces that prevent angry young men from becoming terrorists. Ultimately, it is the story about brothers, young men, forging a new relationship between themselves as they try to find a place for themselves in the world. A gritty yet touching relationship novel for guys.

  • Sandra Stiles
    2018-12-08 23:34

    Alexander and Robert are brothers. Alexander has grown up unable to really fit in with society in general. His brother sticks up for him, tries to keep him under control all the while tormenting him because he can. Robert's dream is to become a P.E. Teacher. He is surprised to find his brother auditing a course at the same community college he attends. As his brother's behavior becomes even more strange he has to wonder about the class and the group his brother has gotten mixed up with. Just how far will his angry young brother go?This was a strange book. It was just strange enough that I had to keep reading. I would not say it was one of my favorite books but I did enjoy it. It was better than I expected. It took too long to get into it. This is one definitely more for the older audience.

  • Alicia
    2018-12-10 22:13

    It never did quite get it together. I was waiting for some really big unveiling of Xan's issues told from the perspective of his eighteen year old brother who lives in the same room (the brother who has it together, Robert). It seems like he's got autism and is protected by Robert and his mother. Yet, the story begins to diverge in a few directions-- a shark trying to get money from their single mother, Robert's girlfriend, Robert's job and life and then all of a sudden Xan is hanging out with an extremist group trying to wreak havoc in the name of social justice? It left me puzzled and confused and the writing doesn't help clarify that the story really isn't about anything in particular (and if it's supposed to be then it's not good writing).

  • Joe
    2018-12-01 22:29

    Alexander is disturbed. Yeah, part of it has to do with Alexander’s serious personality, quick temper, but when he joins a domestic terrorist group, something deeper is going on here than a typical moody teenager.Unfortunately, we never really explore that depth. The author provides the beginnings of what could make for an excellent psychological study and then falls flat. To say that the book is bad would be misleading. I finished it after all, and I don’t finish what I don’t think is worth my time, but I was very disappointed with the anticlimactic and too neat of a conclusion. Maybe asking for a psychological thriller is pushing the envelope. I would have just liked a complete story.It’s something to read on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Not something to write home about.

  • Liam Cape
    2018-11-15 00:34

    This book is about two brothers, Robert and his brother who's name is Alexander but likes to be called Xan. Xan is a nerd with no friends but Robert has a girlfriend and is on the city soccer team. One day Robert bring Xan to the field to make him play and he is really good. They try to get him on the team but there is no spots left on the team. The coach even wants him on the team. I have only been reading this for a week so this is the only thing that's really happened. I like that Robert and Xan argue but they always come to a nice conclusion. I really don't like the name Xan. I don't know why but its just a really annoying name. I would recommend this book to someone who likes nerdy things and sports. I don't know anyone like that. So far its a good book.

  • Betsy
    2018-11-21 22:25

    Robert and Xan are brothers with little in common except their age and their affection for each other. They live with their mother in a small apartment and share a bedroom. Robert has a job, goes to community college, plays soccer, has a girlfriend. He contributes to his family financially but they are about to be evicted. Xan cannot hold a job. He has no friends and no real interests. He seems to be somewhere along the autistic spectrum. Always in Robert's shadow he stumbles along until he begins to associate with some extreme protestors that use his need to belong to commit some acts that are becoming more criminal in nature. Robert finally begins to sense just how different their tempermaments are and has to act quickly to set his brother on a different path.

  • Kathy Stone
    2018-11-24 01:38

    I could not tell from this story what seventeen-year-old Alexander was angry about. Was it being teased in middle school? I think most of us had some awkward years. Especially if we were not jocks. Alexander, though had the potential to be great at sports if he can control the angry energy within himself. While this is not a great book I liked that it was told from his older brother's prospective and the point of view stayed in that prospective. The reader never discovers what truly makes Alexander angry because Robert does not know. At the end he does go out with Alexander and commits some mischief, but this is not pop psychology, but rather the random events of a few months.