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Mom and Dad are Fighting is sponsored by Little Passports. Keep your kids busy this summer with Little Passports, the award-winning From Washington D. Which personally i did not like because it basically turned the first pages of the book in to an introduction. Once i had gotten past that point the story picks up some and i do start to enjoy it moi know the characters. Still though i have trouble getting into the book at parts because i basically just reading someones biography or at least that is how i feel.

Another edit: Looks like there is finally so So far the start was very slow and basically just puts you slap in the middle of a story. Another edit: Looks like there is finally some plot added to the story after page I also have gained a tiny bit of more interest and hopefully will become more interested as it goes on form here i will be able to pick up and finish it. Oct 02, Mrs. Krajewski rated it it was amazing. Troy just recently lost his mother, and he has no clue how to begin dealing with it. They aim to spend their summer with one another, forgetting about all else.

For Troy, the summer ends up becoming one of the best and worst in his life. This is a tale of true friendship. Troy, Tommy, and Gabe have a co Troy just recently lost his mother, and he has no clue how to begin dealing with it. Troy, Tommy, and Gabe have a connection that everyone should want in a strong friendship. These boys go through Hell and back, yet then never waver in their love for one another.

Nov 08, Eric rated it liked it. Pretty interesting coming-of-age in the mountains with tight friendships, bad enemies, and young love right up in your face. There was nothing wrong with this novel at all the friendships between Troy, Tommy, and Gabe were pretty touching , but there was a missing spark. The bad guy, Chase, didn't have a lot of depth and Troy's relationship with Luz was believable, but bland. Again, Ghost Medicine was a solid story with some decent action, but don't expect a Grasshopper Jungle here. This book was slow and nothing much happened until the end. Normally I would just put it down or skip through bits of it, but this still held my intrest.

I liked the main characters and the bond they had to eachother. The ending did make me feel things, but all in all this just wasn't really my type of book. Oct 31, Jacob rated it liked it. Ghost Medicine is the story of a group of friends that want to spend the summer without having to worry about the future. Ghost medicine is the time that stops, no future, no presence. The story shows friends through summer adventures that leads them into many situations fun, and dangerous.

They stick together in a final hoorah for a summer to remember. Jan 27, Victoria rated it liked it. Actual rating: 2. I didn't care for the romance but, being Smith's first novel at the time, he does a great job of establishing the relationship between the main character, Troy, and his friends Tom and Gabriel, something that he continues on with his future books and onward.

The narrarator, Troy, tells us the ending without the specifics in the prologue, then begins the story at the beginning. There are a lot of relationships in this story. There is a bond of friendship. Troy, Gabe loose their boyhood as this story in revealed. As Troy Stotts starts his summer, just before he turns 17, the world This was an interesting read, more of a coming of age story with a slightly discernible plot that I enjoyed. All in all, a good book. May 30, Jenifer Dugdale rated it really liked it. Was quite pleasantly surprised with this one. Lots of action but not hurriedly so.

Great feel to the trio of friends. Realistic dialogue which seems hard to find with YA. Am recommending it to mature, thoughtful YAs who wouldn't mind a "cowboy" setting. Jan 20, Eric Braun rated it it was amazing. This book is such a unique coming of age story. After all, I had never before read a young adult contemporary before and had no way of knowing that the death of a family member was such a common trope within the genre. Seven years after that original attempt, I can understand why.

This book, first and foremost, is horribly boring.

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To make matters worse, it is deeply problematic in the way that it handles one of its female characters. Ghost Medicine was a nightmare to read. Read my full review here. Oct 05, Rachael rated it it was amazing Shelves: kids-books. Anyone who knows me or has had a conversation with me in the past two months is probably aware that I am mildly obsessed with Andrew Smith's books.

I read his newest book, Stick, two months ago and then ran around buying copies of his three previous so I could read them all right away. Now that Stick's Anyone who knows me or has had a conversation with me in the past two months is probably aware that I am mildly obsessed with Andrew Smith's books.

Now that Stick's about to be released, I thought I would celebrate by letting some of his other works jump the queue for review. And, as Ghost Medicine was the one I read right after Stick, well, it gets to go first. I'll lay my cards out on the table and say that I was predisposed to like this book, not just because I was so blown away by Stick but because it has two characteristics from my list of Things We Should See More of in YA Literature: a rural setting and boys who are actual, caring friends.

Because, come on folks, we know these things exist in real life, but so often in YA we get suburbs and cities, dudes and loners as though that is all there is. Oh, let's make that three characteristics from The List, because the writing is pretty damn awesome, and we could always use more good writers, though I think that's true of pretty much all genres and not exclusive to YA. Could someone in addition Laini Taylor please write a well-written paranormal romance?! Some of us want to read about demons and vampires and love; we just don't want the reading of it to make our brains hurt! Lucky for me, there is nothing about Ghost Medicine to disappoint.

Here's the thing about Ghost Medicine actually, about all the Andrew Smith books I've read : it's violent and disturbing.

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There is evil in the world, and danger, and most definitely death. Troy's mother has just died, and not to get too spoiler-y, but not all of the characters you meet will make it to the other side with you. The adults in charge are sometimes corrupt, sometimes damaged. Kids are often left to their own, forced to grow up early, and sometimes damaged as well.

But hey, this is all true in the real world, too. Horrible things happen and people die. Children aren't somehow exempt from being affected by the pain and misery in the world; in fact, they are often most vulnerable to it because they are at the mercy of others. But there is beauty in Ghost Medicine as well, and while perhaps less obvious than the darkness and violence, it is stronger.

There is the beauty of the natural world thanks to the rural setting, we get to see a lot of this ; there is the beauty of love between people - Troy and his friends, Troy and his father, Troy and Luz; there is the beauty of connection between people and animals; and there is the beauty of kindness, which can be so quiet and unassuming but makes all the difference.

Every scene with Troy, Tom, and Rose made me smile sometimes through tears, because I get weepy when I read , especially when Tom would act so tough and brusque as he was being kind. This is why books like Ghost Medicine and Stick! Great, give them that - we want them to read!

So many of them already know that yes, bad things do happen, so let's give them books that reflect their experiences: parents die, violence exists. But let's also make sure that these books reflect the rest of life, too, the less flashy, the friends that will be with you forever, the animals that will be your companions, the people who care even when they don't know how to say it, the natural world that surrounds us. Because the world is a dark and dangerous place, but it is also beautiful and kind.

Did I mention I liked this book? A lot? Feb 20, Stacie rated it liked it. I read this book by mistake, somehow my book list took ghost and added medicine on to the end. A happy accident. This book was a mixture of fun and light with deep and difficult. Troy is trying to deal with a loss while his dad is shutting him out. He takes comfort in his horse, animals, and his friends. He gets a job on his friend's farm where another friend, Tommy, works.

Tommy and Troy meet the neighbor who is a hoarder, but they come to be friends. All together they learn lessons and try to I read this book by mistake, somehow my book list took ghost and added medicine on to the end. All together they learn lessons and try to move on. If this wasn't enough we have Chase, the bully who gets away with everything because his dad is the sheriff. The town learns what happens when bullies are left to escalate and some pay the price. It is a very touching read and worth the time.

It is easy to get wrapped in your feelings and let them consume you, but remember there are 7 billion of us trying to live just like you. Feb 05, Terri rated it it was amazing. A contemporary Western - who would have thought I would find this genre appealing? Honestly, it is hard to get past the whole "Brokeback Mountain" thing whenever I think of westerns! However, "Ghost Medicine" was fabulous!

Teen boys - and girls - will love this book. There is action, romance, the outdoors, horses, friendship, blood, and growth - something for everyone. The first time I tried this book, I couldn't get past the first ten pages or so - I wasn't ready for it. The opening couple of p A contemporary Western - who would have thought I would find this genre appealing? The opening couple of pages are certainly intriguing - " I can still close my eyes and feel the wet of the rain that summer, smell the horses, the blood, the river on the mountain that called three boys up, and remember how three boys died, too.

I, first and foremost, loved the characters - skinny Troy Stotts who has just lost his mother to cancer and who lost a brother when he was younger; Tom Buller who is also motherless and the son of an alcoholic, and full of fun and swagger and strength; Gabey Benavidez the younger brother of the girl Troy loves - Troy's best friend whom he considers a brother; and the beautiful Luz Benavidez. The friendship between these four teens is strong, and through this summer of their coming-of-age it grows even stronger.

They share love, secrets, pain and an unbreakable bond. There are bad guys - Chase and Jack - as well. There are adults who are both good and bad in the lives of these teens, but they are only tangential to the story. I will never forget these people.

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The story itself is wonderful - it contains adventures that every boy should experience, as well as those that no boy should ever have to experience. It is definitely a page turner.


Though the story ends tragically, there is growth and hope and redemption and love found there. It had me in tears. The setting is strong as well, as is the language that brings it alive for us. Beautifully written! This is a must read for fans of teen fiction! Nov 01, Cait Brown rated it really liked it. Ghost Medicine by Andrew Smith Wow that escalated quickly straight from a pety rivalry to almost rape to murder. It was like a roller coaster except with horses; starts out slow but once you're in the actual ride it is adrenaline causing and nerve pushing.

From death to death this was not what Troy, his friends, and the readers least expected. The story starts right after Troy Scott's mother dies and we are introduced to a 16 year old with raw emotion of pure grief. It takes his crush, Luz, to get Ghost Medicine by Andrew Smith Wow that escalated quickly straight from a pety rivalry to almost rape to murder. It takes his crush, Luz, to get him out of his funk. Once Troy starts working for Luv's and her brother's, who is also Troy's, father at their horse ranch things are set in motion.

Friends are made, enemies are challenged but in the end Troy, Gabe, Tom, and Luv can't go back no matter how hard they try. Their lives will be changed forever. When I picked up this book I expected fluff.

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