Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Seven years ago, Rocky's older brother nearly left Rocky for dead in the woods. Now a teenager, Rocky has a relationship with a neighbor ten years his senior, reopening family wounds.
JLG Release: Mar 2016
Praise & Reviews
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When the Culvers move into a long-vacant mansion next to Rocky and his family in a sleepy Virginia town, they set in motion events that will eventually result in two murders, never completely solved. During the intervening years, Rocky grows up idolizing his older brother and learning about the facts of life (both carnal [STARRED REVIEW]
When the Culvers move into a long-vacant mansion next to Rocky and his family in a sleepy Virginia town, they set in motion events that will eventually result in two murders, never completely solved. During the intervening years, Rocky grows up idolizing his older brother and learning about the facts of life (both carnal and spiritual) in the shadow of Twin Oaks, and of the family who occupies it. Set in the 1970s, this heartbreakingly effective coming-of-age story about the importance of love in one’s life is replete with moments of harsh cruelty and tender love. Beautifully written, it vividly brings to life its Southern characters, landscape, and small-town claustrophobia. Readers will stop and reread paragraphs, not because of confusion but for the pure joy of the language. VERDICT Fans of Kathryn Stockett’s The Help will embrace debut author ¬Tarkington’s depiction of Southern life at a time of changing social mores. Those who liked Daniel James Brown’s The Boys in the Boat will also find much to appreciate here. Most of all, readers who can’t get enough of Wiley Cash, Ron Rash, and Brian Panowich will delight in discovering this fine new writer.— Sharon Mensing, Emerald Mountain Sch., Steamboat Springs, CO
5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Level 5.8; Points: 15;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 6.2; Points: 22;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Guns, Strong language, Racial taunts, Violence, Strong sexual themes, Drugs, Underage drinking, Pedophilia, Incest, Religious hypocrisy, Abortion
Teenage boys, Stepbrothers, Small cities, Romantic relationships, Family stories,