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The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker

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The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker

When I opened THE BOY WHO KILLED GRANT PARKER by Kat Spears, I was not expecting the dynamic and awe-striking coming-of-age story that I would soon finish in just one sitting. And yet, here I am, completely amazed by the fascinating story of one Luke Grayson.
 
Before reading this book, I had absolutely no clue what it was about. I hadn't read the synopsis, hadn't researched the other works of Kat Spears and hadn't read any reviews of the storyline. I wanted to be surprised, and Kat Spears did exactly that (and more!)

"When I opened THE BOY WHO KILLED GRANT PARKER by Kat Spears, I was not expecting the dynamic and awe-striking coming-of-age story that I would soon finish in just one sitting."

THE BOY WHO KILLED GRANT PARKER narrates the story of Luke Grayson, who is plucked from his private school life in D.C. to live with his father, a Baptist pastor, in rural Tennessee. Almost immediately, he is at odds with what seems like the entire town. The police chief, the principal, his stepmother and Grant Parker (the school's resident covertly maniacal golden boy), all seem to work against him. But then, one day, Grant falls from grace and suddenly Luke is the king in Ashland. But then something seriously bad happens to Grant Parker (as the title may suggest), and nobody knows the truth. Except for Luke, that is.
 
What works so well in THE BOY WHO KILLED GRANT PARKER is that it so accurately portrays what it's like to be an adolescent boy. While many authors focus on the hierarchies, power struggles and social dynamics that adolescent girls face, it is very rare for an author to illustrate these same experiences as they apply to boys. In addition, this book was great in portraying the role of identity, labels and their impact on our youth today.
 
For sure, THE BOY WHO KILLED GRANT PARKER was 5/5 stars. This is a must read for any teenager, because it truly speaks to each and every one of us!

Reviewed by Chris Colon on September 19, 2016

The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker
by Kat Spears

  • Publication Date: September 13, 2016
  • Genres: Fiction, Friendship, Young Adult 13+
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  • ISBN-10: 1250088860
  • ISBN-13: 9781250088864