Friday, November 22, 2013

First Line Friday: The Monster Variations

Welcome to First Line Friday, where I feature the first line of a book and its information to get you interested in reading whatever the book may be!

This week is:

The Monster Variations by Daniel Kraus
Publication Date: August 11, 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 256

First Line:
"Five more minutes and I'm gone."

Summary: Someone is killing boys in a small town. The murder weapon is a truck, and the only protection is a curfew enacted to keep kids off the streets. But it’s summer—and that alone is worth the risk of staying out late for James, Willie, and Reggie. 
Willie, who lost his arm in the first hit-and-run attack, finds it hard to keep up with his two best friends as they leave childhood behind. All of them are changing, hounded by their parents, hunted by the killer, and haunted by the “monster,” a dead thing that guards the dangerous gateway between youth and manhood. But that’s not all: shadowing the boys everywhere is Mel Herman, the mysterious and brilliant bully whose dark secrets may hold the key to their survival. As the summer burns away, these forces collide, and it will take compassion, brains, and guts for the boys to overcome their demons—and not become monsters themselves. 
In this chilling and poignant debut novel, Daniel Kraus deftly explores the choices boys grapple with and the revelations that occur as they become men.

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