Angry Young Man by Chris Lynch

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Delve into the mind of a teen whose journey of self-discovery leads to the unthinkable in this tense and terse novel from award-wining author Chris Lynch.

Alexander, who wants to be called Xan, is a misfit. He has never fit in—not in academics, sports, or social life. He’s an awkward loner who hasn’t been able to find his place in the world.
     Robert is Xan’s half-brother, and unlike Xan, Robert seems to have his life together. At eighteen, he’s enrolled in community college with a decent job and a great girlfriend. Robert often teases his brother, but he’s also his biggest supporter. No matter what, he’s got Xan’s back.
     When Robert starts to suspect that Xan is traveling down a dangerous path, he may be the only one who can save Xan from self-destructing—before it’s too late. But can Robert save himself?
     This edgy exploration of what goes on in the mind of someone pushed to the brink examines the seeds of extremism that exist in everyone—and is sure to captivate readers of all kinds.


About Chris Lynch

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Chris Lynch is the author of numerous acclaimed books for middle-grade and teen readers, including the Cyberia series and the National Book Award finalist Inexcusable. He teaches in the Lesley University creative writing MFA program, and divides his time between Massachusetts and Scotland.
Published February 8, 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Robert’s younger brother Alexander (Xan) has always been an oddball, but as they shift into adulthood, Robert increasingly worries about Xan’s ability to function in the world in this intense, intelligent work of realistic fiction.

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During a soccer game early in Lynch's latest novel, 17-year-old Xan, enraged by opponents' unsportsmanlike antics, fouls a player so hard that he's given a two-week suspension.

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Lynch gives readers a more honest portrayal, showing Xan scared and lost and making incredibly stupid decisions, and a conclusion where it seems Xan has realized that he does need to grow up and give in to the world a little, if he is to survive and function.

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Robert is a well-esteemed athlete enrolled in community college, and Xan is an intense and very socially awkward young man who is also a teen dropout.

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