This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff

Here is a story of the growing years of a teenage boy who came from a most dysfunctional family. He is a consummate liar and one community reviewer said, "It is a surprise that such a liar and trouble maker could turn into a fine writer." Although the boy commits many unsavory and illegal acts (and only gets caught once), one reviewer is concerned that he would be admired, and even emulated, by young readers. He lied, cheated stole, vandalized, etc, but was written up a victim and so the reader is left with a feeling of helplessness and purposelessness. One reviewer said, "Adults are seen as selfish, in denial, abusive and/or without discernment and no healthy or mature adults are portrayed. This is untrue to life and therefore disturbing to see it presented to students."


Frank Perritti is a successful northwest artist, unconsidered on the reading list.

His books include This Present Darkness, Piercing the Darkness, Prophet, and The Oath.

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