The Things A Brother Knows By Dana Reinhardt

3.8/5-Not a bad book but not the greatest either. It was funny at times and intense at others. The relationship between Levi and Boaz is complexed yet interesting all the same.

(Summary from Goodreads)

Finally, Levi Katznelson’s older brother, Boaz, has returned. Boaz was a high school star who had it all and gave it up to serve in a war Levi can’t understand. Things have been on hold since Boaz left. With the help of his two best friends Levi has fumbled his way through high school, weary of his role as little brother to the hero.

But when Boaz walks through the front door after his tour of duty is over, Levi knows there’s something wrong. Boaz is home, safe. But Levi knows that his brother is not the same.

Maybe things will never return to normal. Then Boaz leaves again, and this time Levi follows him, determined to understand who his brother was, who he has become, and how to bring him home again.

(My Opinion)

The story is told from Levi’s perspective while the two brothers go on a walking trip through the US and how their wounded relationship somehow heals. Some of the characters were typical and boring while others, like Dov, were fun to read about.

The Things A Brother Knows was pretty tough to get into and then hard to connect with the characters. The writing was another issue for me because it was slow and felt like Dana Reinhardt was trying to fit so much meaning and emotion into every paragraph.

Dov was one of my favourite characters that I liked a lot because of the way he was always teasing Levi about his hair while still serious and meaningful when Levi needed him to be. Also, the way Boaz reacted to everything around him once he got home. I loved how scared and vulnerable Boaz was at some parts and how Levi helped him get through it because well…That’s what family is supposed to do.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes YA books that evolve around war and the relationship between family members and how hard it is to get the relationship you used to have with them back.

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Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#1

Click on the title of the book to see my review on them! These are quotes from the books that I have read in the past three weeks.

8105542 Invincible Summer By Hannah Moskowitz

Favourite Quote:

You here need you.

And my heart just breaks all over Gideon’s bed.

Always. Always always. I spin my fingers in so many circles. I here you need me.

 This Is Not A Test By Courtney Summers

Favourite Quote:

“But you didn’t die,” he says.

“I did,” I say. “I’m just waiting for the rest of me to catch up.”

 Twisted By Laurie Halse Anderson

Favourite Quote:

“Hey, Tyler,” Bethany said to me.

I had this weird rushing noise in my ears. My jeans tightened near the zipper.

 Between The Lines By Jodi Picoult And Samantha Van Leer

Favourite Quote:

“Oh, darling, that’s what love is. It’s some power greater than you and me, that draws us to one special person.”

 The Things A Brother Knows By Dana Reinhardt

Favourite Quote:

There’s a saying about the military that you go in a boy and come back a man. But I’m pretty sure Boaz went in a man and came back a ghost.

 Split By Swati Avasthi

Favourite Quote:

I always thought saying sorry was more about alleviating guilt, that apologies were designed for the mouth, not for the ears.

If I Lie By Corrine Jackson

Favourite Quote:

I’m two hours late when I pull in to the driveway. It won’t matter that I’m  always on time. People never see how good you are. Fuck up once, and it’s like you are wearing a neon sign.

The Things A Brother Knows By Dana Reinhardt

3.8/5-Not a bad book but not the greatest either. It was funny at times and intense at others. The relationship between Levi and Boaz is complexed yet interesting all the same.

(Summary from Goodreads)

Finally, Levi Katznelson’s older brother, Boaz, has returned. Boaz was a high school star who had it all and gave it up to serve in a war Levi can’t understand. Things have been on hold since Boaz left. With the help of his two best friends Levi has fumbled his way through high school, weary of his role as little brother to the hero.

But when Boaz walks through the front door after his tour of duty is over, Levi knows there’s something wrong. Boaz is home, safe. But Levi knows that his brother is not the same.

Maybe things will never return to normal. Then Boaz leaves again, and this time Levi follows him, determined to understand who his brother was, who he has become, and how to bring him home again.

(My Opinion)

The story is told from Levi’s perspective while the two brothers go on a walking trip through the US and how their wounded relationship somehow heals. Some of the characters were typical and boring while others, like Dov, were fun to read about.

The Things A Brother Knows was pretty tough to get into and then hard to connect with the characters. The writing was another issue for me because it was slow and felt like Dana Reinhardt was trying to fit so much meaning and emotion into every paragraph.

Dov was one of my favourite characters that I liked a lot because of the way he was always teasing Levi about his hair while still serious and meaningful when Levi needed him to be. Also, the way Boaz reacted to everything around him once he got home. I loved how scared and vulnerable Boaz was at some parts and how Levi helped him get through it because well…That’s what family is supposed to do.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes YA books that evolve around war and the relationship between family members and how hard it is to get the relationship you used to have with them back.