Hothouse by Chris Lynch

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If you do it right, it can be a life. The hothouse, the guys, the glory. But just like that, it can all go up in smoke.

In the beginning it was strange, ya know, because of all that we had lost. But there was something about it that felt so good and so right, too: "I'm so proud of you, Russ." "We'll always be here for you, man." "Heroes don't pay for nothin' in this town." It was nonstop. The mayor shook my hand. Ladies sent food. I've never eaten so much baked ham in my life.

And now? Now the phone won't stop ringing from the crazies ready to blame me. My mom has to cry herself to sleep. They take a firefighter, a man, and they pump him up so big. . . . But once they start taking it away from you, they don't stop until they leave nothing on the bones.

First they needed heroes, then they needed blood.


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 August 21, 2012 by HarperTeen. 212 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Brief, evocative flashbacks reveal Russ's relationship with his warm but sometimes reckless father, and Russ's pain and bewilderment are palpable.

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Just as Russell comes to understand that his father's life --- and the lives of other firefighters --- was a lot more painful and complicated than he had always imagined, the reader is asked to reevaluate childhood notions of heroism, to look behind the big black boots and shiny hard hat to the m...

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DJ and Russel used to be best friends, their dads were best friends, their moms were best friends.

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