Wednesday, July 2, 2008
The Brothers Torres
The Brotheres Torres by Coert Voorhees
I give it 5 stars out of 5.
Frankie and Steve Towers are brothers. Frankie is a freshman and Steve is a Senior. Frankie has always looked up to his older brother who has gotten a soccer scholarship, is one of the most popular guys in school, and is very popular with the ladies. Frankie spends most of his time with his friend Zach shooting off fireworks in his back yard while Zach's mom makes them Kool-Aid flavored popsicles. The remainder of his time is put in to Rebecca, the girl he has had a major crush on since grade school and working at his parent's restaurant.
Recently Steve has been hanging out with the local "cholos" (aka bad boys) and Frankie hasn't really thought anything of it until he gets in to a fist fight with John Dalton who has always been on Steve's bad side and is one of the richest, preppiest kids at their high school. After Frankie gets beaten to a pulp by John and two of his sidekicks Steve stops ignoring his brother and tries to help him out.
Soon with Steve's help Frankie finally has the attention of Rebecca in the form of a Homecoming date and life is going pretty well until another incident with Dalton happens. This time Steve really wants pay back and will stop at nothing to get it. And Frankie has to decide whether he wants to help Steve retaliate or stand on the sidelines and watch.
This book was great. I loved Frankie's character and how he acted around Rebecca. I could totally see the events in this book actually happening in real life which indeed made the book a bit scary at times. But it also made it even more great. I love real life situations. Coert is a really strong writer and I loved his style. This book had me laughing at times and on the verge of tears at others. Overall it was really a great book and I can't wait to read more by this great author.