Things A Brother Knows

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The Long Walk Home
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Three years ago, Boaz Katznelson stunned his family when he told them he was enlisting in the Marines after high school graduation, insuring he will be sent to a war zone. His younger brother, Levi, always looked up to his older brother and couldnt understand the decision. Nor could Bos parents or girlfriend Christina.

Three years have passed and Bo has come home. But, hes not the same Bo who enlisted. Hes uncommunicative. He holes up in his room for days, barely eating. He doesnt let anyone in his room. Once Levi was able to peek in and saw a mini-disaster area; mattress on the floor, clothes strewn all over, piles of papers and maps.

Bo stuns his family again by saying hes going to hike the Appalachian Trail, a decision that no one understands, once again. Levi knows differently, as hes been able to uncover Bos computer IDs and Passwords and has seen what websites Bo has been accessing. He knows Bo is heading towards Washington, D.C. Unable to determine what to do to help his brother, Levi ultimately decides to meet his brother midway on his journey and enlists his best friends, Pearl and Zim, to drive him from Massachusetts to New Jersey.

As the duo walks, sometimes with long periods of silence, they begin to understand each other a little better.

The Things a Brother Knows, in my mind, is a departure from Reinhardts other books, A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life and How to Build a House, which I reviewed on this website. And Im grateful that shes made this departure. Its a story of confusion (why would someone who has everything enlist in the Marines). Its a story of change (the new Bo is so different than the old one). Its a story of understanding (while Levi cant really imagine what Bo went through, he tries). Its a story of maturity (Levi grows up in so many ways during his journey). Reinhardt has filled The Things a Brother Knows with great characters, a great story and a lot of hope. Ive come to regard Dana Reinhardt as a must-read author. Im betting you will as well.
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A Marine's pain is everyone's pain
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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.
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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.
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