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#1470152 in Books 2013-01-01Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 7.40 x 1.10 x 5.50l, .90 #File Name: 0761356878320 pages | File size: 71.Mb Ilsa J. Bick : The Sin-Eater's Confession before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised The Sin-Eater's Confession: 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. I really loved this bookBy Donna HudspethI really loved this book. It hit on issues that alot of us deal with and don't know how to handle. I think it would be great for teens.0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. but I must say that it was a fast read and you really get sucked into the storyBy Natrice WeathersIt started off a little slow for my taste, but I must say that it was a fast read and you really get sucked


into the story. I love the ending.0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Four StarsBy Jill WillhoiteA pageturner with an ending that left you wanting more. People in Merit, Wisconsin, always said Jimmy was . . . you know. But people said all sorts of stupid stuff. Nobody really knew anything. Nobody really knew Jimmy. I guess you could say I knew Jimmy as well as anyone (which was not very well). I knew what scared him. And I knew he had dreams even if I didn't understand them. Even if he nearly ruined my life to pursue them. Jimmy's dead now, and I definitely know that better than anyone. I know about blood and bone and how bodies decompose. I know about shadows and stones and hatchets. I know what a last cry for help sounds like. I know what blood looks like on my own hands. What I don't know is if I can trust my own eyes. I don't know who threw the stone. Who swung the hatchet? Who are the shadows? What do the living owe the dead? From School Library JournalGr 8 Up-When Del is killed in a head-on collision on prom night, Ben and his father, a deputy sheriff in their small Wisconsin town, pitch in to help on the family's farm. This brings them into contact with Del's younger brother. Jimmy seems to be a lost soul and Ben wants to help him, as he would a younger brother. Jimmy confides that he would like to be a photographer, admitting that he likes taking photos when the subjects do not know they are being photographed, and Ben never realizes that he is the subject of one of these candid shots until it is published. The firestorm that the innocent yet sensual photo creates turns the lives of both boys upside down, and the resulting homophobia results in Jimmy's murder. Reminiscent of Bick's Drowning Instinct (Carolrhoda Lab, 2012), the story is told in flashback, this time in diary-type letters. He feels guilt; perhaps he is to blame for what happened. He tries to work out who killed Jimmy, why he made the decisions he did, and why he is compelled to ingest not only his own sins, but Jimmy's as well. He exiles himself, first from his classmates, and then from the future his parents have planned for him-including Yale and medical school. Instead, he becomes a medic and chases death in Afghanistan. He learns that he is ready to stop running from and start running toward his life-whatever happens. He does not act as a moral beacon for others; he wants to escape the situation, and yet finds that his conscience will not let him. This novel should be in all YA collections, and would be interesting reading for members of GSA's.-Suanne B. Roush, Osceola High School, Seminole, FL(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.From BooklistBicks latest is refreshingly messy in its psychology, boasting a narrator who blunders repeatedly at critical moments and an author who will not let him, or readers, off the hook without a fight. While soldiering in Afghanistan, Ben writes a confession regarding his final semester in high school, when his friendship with a shy farm boy, Jimmy, exploded into local scandal. Without Bens permission, Jimmy published a photo of him that appears rather erotic, throwing Jimmys parents into a rage and Ben into a storm of gossip. The tumult climaxes when Ben sees Jimmys brutal (possible hate crime?) murder. For self-protective reasons Ben does not go to the policeand so begins a series of cover-ups that have him doubting everything down to his own feelings for Jimmy and his interpretation of events. Bick proves again she is a writer to her core, never at a loss for things to say and uninterested in easy answers. Her handling of Bens increasing paranoia and delusion is nimble, making this a violent, and very smart, take-no-prisoners experience. Grades 9-12. --Daniel KrausAbout the AuthorIlsa J. Bick is a child psychiatrist, as well as a film scholar, surgeon wannabe, former air force major, and award-winning author of short stories and novels, including the acclaimed Draw the Dark, Drowning Instinct, and Ashes. Ilsa lives with her family and other furry creatures near a Hebrew cemetery in rural Wisconsin. One thing she loves about the neighbors: they are very quiet and only come around for sugar once in a blue moon.

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