Absolute Brightness

Absolute Brightness
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Age Range
12+
Release Date
February 05, 2008
ISBN
0061256277
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Darkness: Where light is not. Light: Brightness or illumination from a particular source.

Absolute brightness: The mystery of Leonard Pelkey.

This is the story of a luminous force of nature: a boy who encounters evil and whose magic isn't truly felt until he disappears.

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Loved the Idea of this book.
(Updated: August 21, 2016)
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I think there were many side tangents that were not important to the story and just didn’t seem to fit (and quite frankly distracted me from the main point of the novel). They just seemed to be thrown into the story (i.e. the war in Iraq, the sexual abuse, the one incident where Leonard was crying, the choking incident, shoplifting, etc). I also was disappointed with the ending. It almost seemed as if the ending of the book was missing .

I did notice on good reads that ‘Absolute Brightness’ was previously released as a much longer book with a different cover titled ‘The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey’. So I imagine the edition I read maybe a reedited edition.
If this novel was structured differently, I really think this would be an amazing book. I was torn between giving it three and a half or four stars but ended up giving it four, because of the amazing character development.
Karen-Thebookreturn.com
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Leonard Pelkey is central character of ‘Absolute Brightness’. Leonard is a gay fourteen year old boy who is sent to live with his cousins and newly divorced aunt. Leonard is a larger than life character who doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him. A main example of this is when Leonard makes his signature rainbow high tops by glueing together several pairs of flip-flops.

Phoebe, who is the younger of Leonard’s cousins, tells the story from her point of view. Phoebe, in true teenager fashion, is initially annoyed by Leonard’s presence but she and Leonard soon become close friends.
Leonard also endears himself to the community of elderly clients that come to his aunts home hair salon. So when Leonard suddenly goes missing, the whole town of Neptune, New Jersey is devastated.

The premise of ‘Absolute Brightness’ is both beautiful and heartbreaking. I did love the main outline of the story and Leonard as a character was amazing.
KK
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Absolute Brightness
By James Lecesne
Review by Molly Fargeorge
11-20-07

My cousin came to live with us a while ago, and right off the
bat he drove me nuts. In fact, I hate his guts. Dont ask me why, I
just do. So I thought to myself, how hard would it be to murder
him in his sleep? I mean, really. But I havent done it. Not yet
anyway. So now Im living with the consequences, which totally
suck.
Welcome to the life of Phoebe. Her parents are divorced, her beautiful but moody sister locks herself in her room and wont come out and talk, her mother seems to be in her own world, and her father is never around. Now, to add to the list, her cousin Leonard has moved into her basement&and Leonard is anything but normal. Prone to loud outbursts of his colorful nature and an annoying tendency to never know when to shut up, Leonard drives Phoebe and her family nuts. But something about Leonard catches on in the town. He is upbeat and more than willing to give anyone and everyone a lifestyle makeover&whether they want it or not. When Leonard is pronounced missing&and later, dead, Phoebe realizes that she, the only one in town Leonard didnt want to change, was got the most surprising makeover of all.
This book was very well written, epically for a first-time author. It is comprehensible yet has interpretable depth that is sometimes hard to see. The characters are loveable and full of personal defects, which makes you love them even more. The purpose of this book is clear: understanding. You come to understand people of different worlds. You see the news from the side where the pain is a day-to-day thing that doesnt turn off when the television does. I recommend this book to anyone with an open mind. Four stars.

I dunno for sure, but may the whole purpose of evil in this world is to get people who arent really good and who arent really bad to, y know, be better.
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