The Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees
What starts slow turns into a really good book. Frankie is a sophomore trying to win over his girl “friend” and figure out what kind of man he wants to be. His soccer-star older brother may or may not be involved in a gang and his parents make Frankie work in their Mexican restaurant all the time. Worst of all, Frankie keeps getting himself into trouble and his brother has to bail him out, making Frankie look like a total loser. Ultimately there’s a fight between Frankie’s brother and a local gang leader and Frankie has to decide whether or not to get involved.
Frankie is a likeable guy and I think guys (and girls too) will enjoy this book. Figuring out where to belong in the social scheme is never easy, and Frankie’s journey is an interesting and honest one. I recommend this one, with the one caveat that it takes awhile to get going, but once it does it’s a good read.
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