How did I get the book? StorytellerInc Book Club
Previously reviewed: Butter
Synopsis: Dane Washington and Billy D. couldn’t be more different. Dane is clever and popular, but he’s also a violent rebel. Billy D. has Down’s syndrome, plays by the rules and hangs out with teachers in his lunch break.
But Dane and Billy have more in common than they think – both their fathers are missing.
They’re going to have to suck up their differences and get on with helping each other. There are answers to be found.
Powerful, funny, moving – the ultimate coming-of-age novel.
200words (or less) review: I was really excited abut Dead Ends being our book-club read, ever since reading Butter I’ve been wanting to see what Erin Lange would do next. It’s something about the characters she creates that stays with you for so long after the book it finished.
Both Dane and Billy D have labels; Dane the bully and Billy the “special” kid. They shouldn’t be friends, yet that is what this book is about. The way their relationship changes over the cause of the story is captivating. But it’s not just Dane’s friendship with Billy D that I loved, Dane’s mother really stole my heart. Also Seeley’s pretty awesome.
I think what I like best about Erin Lange’s writing is the way all her characters matter to you and they continue to matter. Dead Ends is a book that makes me want to talk about it, which consequently means I want/need to push it into other peoples hands so they read it asap.
Erin Lange certainly has a knack, so if you haven’t read Dead Ends or Butter I suggest you try to rectify that soon.
(And then tell me so we can talk about them.)