The Evolution of Ethan Poe

The Evolution of Ethan Poe

Paperback - 2011
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Ethan Poe, 16 and gay, struggles to maintain a balance in his increasingly chaotic life. His parents are divorcing, his brother Kyle is damaging his own right hand in the name of purity and his best friend is a Jesus freak who prays for him to be straight. He's just starting to see the light in the form of Max Modine, when his rural Maine town begins to explode around him. Against his intentions, he gets pulled into a conflict about whether to introduce Intelligent Design into science classrooms. Friendships end, families are torn apart and Ethan must protect his beliefs.
Publisher: New York : Kensington Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9780758246806
Characteristics: 387 p. ; 21 cm.


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Jun 23, 2015

I made it only to page 36 before having to abandon this one. Although I sympathized with Ethan and appreciate the story the author wanted to tell, Ethan's rambling inner dialogue was hard to swallow and rang false from page one, as though the author were trying waaaay too hard for the dialect "teenagerish." Supporting characters are drawn as almost unbearably one-dimensional, and the messages are so heavy-handed I felt like I was being beaten over the head (as a sympathizer!).


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