Friday, May 28, 2010

Love is the Higher Law

Love is the Higher Law

David Levithan



August 2009

FTC: This is a library book. I am not being compensated in any manner for my review.

Characters 15/20

Plot 20/20

Setting 20/20

Cover 20/20

Ending 15/20

Total grade: 90% A

Sexual content: moderate

Violence: heavy (terror attack)

Drugs: none

Underage drinking: moderate

Swearing: moderate

Total rating: 15+


First there is a Before, and then there is an After. . . .

The lives of three teens—Claire, Jasper, and Peter—are altered forever on September 11, 2001. Claire, a high school junior, has to get to her younger brother in his classroom. Jasper, a college sophomore from Brooklyn, wakes to his parents’ frantic calls from Korea, wondering if he’s okay. Peter, a classmate of Claire’s, has to make his way back to school as everything happens around him.

Here are three teens whose intertwining lives are reshaped by this catastrophic event. As each gets to know the other, their moments become wound around each other’s in a way that leads to new understandings, new friendships, and new levels of awareness for the world around them and the people close by.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading this book and felt I gained some knowledge that I didn't have before. I was alive on September 11th but I was only a second grader. I was unable to comprehend just how devestating this was, especially in small town, Oregon.

The only problems I found with this book was diversity in characters. If you need to have 3 main characters I think they should be a little more diverse than they were in this novel. The ending also seemed a bit skippy but it was not bad.

I recommend this to everyone as a refresher on 9/11.

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