The Way He Lived

The Way He Lived

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"A small community deals with the death of a beloved sixteen-year-old boy and their roles in denying who he really was"-- Provided by publisher.
"A new edition of the raw and heartbreaking YA debut about one gay teen's sacrifice and the community that can't come to terms with the way he lived. Sixteen-year-old Joel Espen died of thirst and heat exhaustion while on a hike in the Grand Canyon. He collapsed in a desperate attempt to get water for his friend. In the aftermath, everyone said was the strongest, bravest, and kindest young man anyone knew. But nobody really knew him. The novel tells the story of Joel's life and death through the memories of those who grew up around Joel. As each character presents a piece of the boy they knew, it becomes clear that however much people loved and admired Joel, there was something about him they could never quite admit--could never bring themselves to see. The heartbreaking tragedy was not only Joel's death, but that in his life the people who loved him most, couldn't accept him for what he was. The Way He Lived is an unsparing story of a teen's life and death and legacy in a small community told with nuance and subtlety. "Powerful, funny, beautiful, and infinitely real. I love this book."--Sara Zarr, National Book Award Finalist "Compassionate and heartfelt." --Ellen Wittlinger, Michael L. Printz Award Honoree Winner of the 2009 Utah Book Award"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dutton Books, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780399187223
Characteristics: pages cm


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vpl_teens Dec 13, 2016

Rating: 3/5

The Way He Lived is a novel focused around the death of a well liked teenager named Joel. Throughout the book, Joel's personality is told through six perspectives. I definitely preferred some characters over others, but all the characters were well thought out and interesting. The novel and story in itself was repetitive and insanely cheesy. It didn’t have a proper story line. It followed six people throughout their daily lives with the casual mention of Joel, the dead boy. I would have enjoyed more mystery to it and it would have made the story a lot more interesting if all six of the character’s stories met at the end.

Reviewed by Emma S. for Teens Read it First,

Aug 09, 2016

Beautifully written. All the characters were realistic and interesting. A book about death and grief could easily become depressing or sappy, but this book is neither of those things. By seeing the deceased character through the eyes of others, we see that each of us means different things to different people.

Mar 07, 2015

Provides a unique reflection on how different people handle grief and loss. A thoroughly touching and beautiful read.

Sep 27, 2011

This was a beautiful book. I loved the style of writing and the way the story was told. You fell in love with him with every story, then had to let him go all over again.


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