professornana (professornana) wrote,

sticking your head in the sand much?

I might go off the grid tomorrow as this is the travel day that goers on and on and on. So, I will post a second time just in case. Finished this book a couple of nights ago in San Diego. OSTRICH BOYS by Keith Gray opens in the aftermath of the death of Ross. Three of Ross' friends are trying to exact some form of revenge on those people who treated Ross shabbily. One of them also has a plan, a plan to take Ross (well, his ashes in an urn) to Ross, Scotland, a place Ross talked about visiting when he was alive. Blake, Sim, and Kenny take off with the urn. Along the way, they lose all of their travel money, get thrown off a train, bungee jump, meet some pretty girls, get lost, and also learn about themselves and their relationship to Ross and to each other. In some respects, it was reminiscent of a slapstick comedy like "The Wrong Box," what with the taking of the ashes. I also thought that ME, THE MISSING, AND THE DEAD by Jenny Valentine would make an interesting companion read. What drives this book, however, is not Ross, but the changing relationships among the three boys who each shared friendship with Ross though each viewed Ross through a different lens. Absorbing, adventurous, amazing.
Tags: boy books, coming of age
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