Breaking Boxes by A.M. Jenkins

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Charlie Calmont is a teenage loner. His parents are gone and except for his older brother, Trent, he doesn't need anyone, especially friends. But when Charlie ends up suspended after a school fight, he meets Brandon Chase, and things begin to change. Even though privileged Brandon hangs with the moneyed crowd, Charlie discovers there's a real person underneath the rich kid exterior. For once, Charlie makes a connection, and allows himself to care. Until he reveals something about Trent . . . and Brandon turns away.
 

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A. M. Jenkins lives in Benbrook, Texas.From the Paperback edition.
 
Published September 8, 1997 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 182 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Brandon professes his friendship, Charlie is confident enough to tell him that Trent is gay--not exactly a secret, but the brothers have been discreet with the information.

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According to PW, Though the plot may read like an after-school special on accepting homosexuals, [the first-person narrator's] funny, angry voice will keep up readers' interest. Ages 14-up. (Feb.)

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According to PW, ""Though the plot may read like an after-school special on accepting homosexuals, [the first-person narrator's] funny, angry voice will keep up readers' interest."" Ages 14-up.

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The novel's strength lies in Charlie's first-person narration, which is horny and conversational, always in present tense: ""Once you've noticed somebody's tits,"" he says, ""it's hard to keep your eyes away from them.

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