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Mandafofanda Reads Lots

The world isn't just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no?

And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no?
Doesn't that make life a story?

- Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Break - Hannah Moskowitz This girl. Did she really write this while still in high school? It's crazy that she can create these complex characters, relationships and mentalities that just jump out of the page at you. Don't be fooled by the only-3-stars rating - while not as good as her later work [b:Gone Gone Gone|8849382|Gone, Gone, Gone|Hannah Moskowitz|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1295998961s/8849382.jpg|13724409] and [b:Teeth|3711|White Teeth|Zadie Smith|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1327899698s/3711.jpg|7480], it's still pretty good.

Jonah struggles with his role as oldest brother and protector to two younger brothers: Jesse, just a year younger, who is allergic to almost everything, and Will, the baby, who won't ever stop crying. And so he deals by deciding that he will try to break every one of his bones, with biology telling us that they grow back stronger. It's plausible and logical in a teenager-y sense and I get it, I really do. Jonah reminds me of Dani in [b:All These Lives|12554833|All These Lives|Sarah Wylie|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1333624586s/12554833.jpg|12699901] with his willingness to self-destruct for what appears to be non-selfish reasons.

What I love about Moskowitz's writing is her multi-dimensional portrayal of characters in all the little things they do, though while Jonah and Jesse really come to life, the others are a bit lacking, especially their parents. Though, this isn't a deal-breaker since the heart of this story is their relationship.