Brooklyn, Burning by Steve Brezenoff

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When you're sixteen and no one understands who you are, sometimes the only choice left is to run. If you're lucky, you find a place that accepts you, no questions asked. And if you're really lucky, that place has a drum set, a place to practice, and a place to sleep. For Kid, the streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, are that place. Over the course of two scorching summers, Kid falls hopelessly in love and then loses nearly everything and everyone worth caring about. But as summer draws to a close, Kid finally finds someone who can last beyond the sunset.

Brooklyn, Burning is a fearless and unconventional love story. Brezenoff never identifies the gender of his two main characters, and readers will draw their own conclusions about Kid and Scout. Whatever they decide, Brooklyn, Burning is not a book any teen reader will soon forget.

Brooklyn, Burning is the story of two summers in Brooklyn, two summers of fires, music, loss, and ultimately, love.

About Steve Brezenoff

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Steve Brezenoff is the author of the young adult novels The Absolute Value of –1, which won the IPPY (Independent Publishers Book Awards) gold medal in young adult fiction in 2011, and Brooklyn, Burning, which won the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year gold medal in young adult fiction and the silver 2012 Moonbeam award. It was also named one of the best books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews and included on the list of Best Fiction for Young Adults for 2012 by the American Library Association. Born on Long Island, Steve now lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Beth, and their son and daughter, Sam and Etta. His main is a Blood Elf monk, but he's been known to run a Night Elf priest from time to time. You can find Steve online at  
Published September 1, 2011 by Carolrhoda Lab TM. 202 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Flashbacks to the previous summer, the fire and Kid's relationship with another troubled street kid slowly and deftly provide insight into Kid's circumstances.

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Publishers Weekly

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Sixteen-year-old Kid, a passionate drummer and painter, spends summers on the streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, taking refuge in Fish's bar, practicing drumming in the bar's cellar, and hanging out with friends.

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It’s so moving when Kid makes romantic overtures to her, and Konny wants to preserve its integrity when she says, “Be the one I don’t have to do that with, Kid, okay?” I really love their friendship.

Sep 23 2011 | Read Full Review of Brooklyn, Burning

Lambda Literary

We know for sure that Kid has fallen in love with men—namely the missing Felix—but the idea that Kid may only love men is complicated when we meet Scout, the newest street-kid.

Dec 27 2011 | Read Full Review of Brooklyn, Burning

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