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I didn't know what to expect when I ordered this book, it arrived and I tackled it It's out of my league on what type of book I usually read It's Young Adult, true, but it's not M/M either and it's no romance novel either.Basically it's about Kip and I'm not going to repeat what the summary already tells you about this book, but rather what it does not It'll go into minute detail on what was going through Kip's mind when he was at the young age of 9 and set that boy on fire A boy his age who lives for only 3 days before he died It'll tell you what him and his father had to deal with as he was growing up, and each time he thought he could trust someone and tell about his true identity, he was let down and relocated to a different city, different state to get away from those who in my opinion were no better than murders themselves Why? Because they wanted this young boy Kip to die as well Strange, but I didn't shed a tear reading this one and remained indifferent I don't know I'm not heartless, but the scenes were not there that it would make me shatter emotionally I was very angry Not at Kip though At everyone else besides Kip.It's one book I would read again at some point in the future and a great topic launcher for a discussion. When I read the summary for this book, I was so intrigued and I wanted to read it immediately This book deals with a terrifying subject; children who kill I had never heard or thought about a book dealing with this subject before, and I had never imagined that I would actually care for a fictional character who had murdered another child.The book is about Kip, who as a nineyearold sets another child on fire, a sevenyearold who later dies of his injuries Though it may sound like it, Kip is not a pchycopathic devil child he did not mean for the other child to die The story follows his life, from the incident to his time spent in a mental institution, and till he is ready to come back into the real world, as Wade.This story is beautifully written, and although I have never murdered anyone or spent even a second in therapy, this book feels very realistic If you think this book sounds interesting, then please do yourself a favour and read it. When Kip was 9, he set another boy on fire He was young, he was angry, and he didn’t really think about the consequences – he just lashed out in anger at something the boy had said When Bobby, 7 years old, started screaming and burning, it was already too late Bobby died 2 days later Kip became catatonic When he regained his faculties, he was in an institution for mentally disturbed (and violent) youth Kip spent several years at the institution, coming to terms with what he did and learning to deal with his powerful emotions Eventually, his therapist was able to convince authorities that Kip was no longer a danger to society When Kip was released into his dad’s custody, he learned just how hard things had been for his dad, the repercussions of his actions (neighbors burned their house to the ground, his dad lost his job and had to move, hateful retaliation followed his father wherever he went) They decided it would be best if they moved away from Alaska (and the scene of Kip’s crime), and took on new lives and names Kip became “Wade” and he and his dad (and dad’s new wife, Carrie) moved to Indiana.In Indiana, Wade follows his therapist’s advice and he rapidly makes friends He joins the swim team, he finds a girlfriend, he does well in school Everything is going really well for him until one night when he sabotages it all by revealing who he really is and what he did At first no one is sure what to think, but when Wade’s story is confirmed he immediately becomes a pariah and all of the small town’s fear and hatred becomes focused on him and his family Again Wade feels terrible – mostly because his selfdestructive behavior has once again made things impossible for his father and Carrie They make another escape – this time to the Texas coast, where Carrie has inherited a beach house from her deceased exstepfather It’s there that Wade meets another broken teenager who helps him learn the hardest lesson – that he may never be able to forgive himself for what he did, but that he doesn’t need to punish himself any longer.Wade decides to share his story one last time (in this book you’re reading) with the girl he’s come to know – Sam, who has her own traumatic tale to tell, the one he wantsthan anything to understand him Before he writes it down, however, he clears it with his dad and Carrie, and he makes sure that Sam understands the effect it would have on his family if it were to be made public knowledge And then he waits He waits for Sam and hopes But he also plans to leave if she’s just oneperson who can’t accept the truth about him.This was really gripping Psychologically, Wade was a fascinating character He’s also smart and funny, too, which helps And he’s truly horrified by what he did There was never any suspense for me as to whether he’d kill again (that’s what everyone else seemed to be afraid of) He made plenty of other mistakes, but he knew immediately when he’d screwed up This story could lead to some interesting discussions about forgiveness, punishment, unforgivable crimes, juvenile criminals, and what *you’d* do if you just found out your closest friend had killed someone It was the people who responded to Wade’s crimes with equal violence that worried methan Wade did Because they thought they were administering some kind of justice (however warped that might be) What kind of responsibility do we have to confront potential dangers to our society? Should we take steps to punish, seek vengeance or retribution, beyond what our criminal justice system offers? Uncomfortable, but satisfying read. This book was fabulous! The story handles a very delicate issue of rehabilitation and a person's ability to carry on their life afer committing a horrible act.A year after losing his mother to cancer, 9yearold Kip McFarland's horrible act was that he set a 7yearold boy on fire because he was jealous of the kid's baseball glove How does a child recover from such a terrible thing? Well, for Kip, he spends 4 years in a lockdown psychiatric facility and with the love and support of his Dad and stepmom, Carrie, Kip tries to make a new life for himself His journey is difficult, yet profound It rings so true to the inspiring strength that teenagers manage to muster up ever day. The story is located in Alaska Kip is a 9 year old kid who lives with his father in a cabin His mother died with cancer.One day Kip was busy doing some work, his aunt showed up and wanted to take him away from his father and to addto the problem, his friend was irritating him with his brand new baseball glove Too many things going on at the same time for Kip, so he didn't think; he grabbed gasoline, spread it in his friend's body and set him on fire.He was sent to a mental hospital where he talked with his doctor everyday.He was 13 now, he got released but he changed his name and last name for the security of his family, also they moved to Indiana.He started his fresman year, really nervous because he could't say a word about his past In his sopho year he got a girlfriend and found his new pasion, swimming Until his junior year, he exploded.He and his team had won a swimming competition, so they were to party They were drunk and high and one of his friends was jealous of his perfect life so Kip could'nt take it any and he said everything Now everyone knew about it Kip's stepmother owned a beach house in Texas, so that was their only choice, they moved there.This time Kip wouln't go to school, he was gonna be homeschooled for his security.Sam, his neighbor, was Kip's age and she was gonna teach him how to sail.They were good friends, even Sam told Kip his dark past, but still Kip couldn't say a word about his.Kip decided to do it anyway so he writes a book about it and gives it to her.The book was really good, I really liked it But, I'm not a fan of this kind of endings that let you hanging there Kip gives Sam the book and nothing happens, they don't say what happens to them after that. Let me start out by saying that I was prepared to hate this book I have very strongly held opinions on certain things, and one of them is that it's completely unforgiveable for someone to murder a child, even if the perpetrator was a child himself I often cling to my beliefs and stubbornly refuse to be swayed, even, I'm ashamed to admit, when someone can logic me out of them This book shook my beliefs.I found myself becoming so sympathetic to Kip/Wade, even if I didn't want to There were extenuating circumstances, of course, that made Kip's act slightly different than one that might be committed by a truly sociopathic kid in training Kip was intending to destroy something when he did it, and the fact that the victim caught fire was not intended Does that make the act any easier to forgive or forget? No Does it make itexcusable? No Does it make it all right? No But it does make the resulting journey to redemptionbelievable and desired.Kip/Wade spends his years after emerging from juvenile, moving around with his family, as, just because the doctor's say he's rehabilitated, the angry public do not agree He takes on a new name, a new home, and must begin his life again battling the guilt and shame of what he did If his journey were portrayed as anything less than grueling and remorseful, it wouldn't have been as easy to forgive him and begin to root for him The author handles this progression through Kip's many stages of growth so thoroughly and well, that by the time the end comes, you are fully in Kip's corner.Kudos to Ms Giles for tackling such a difficult topic A short QA is at the back of the book, in which she stated that she had received so much hate mail, mainly from outraged adults, regarding this book The fact that she had the courage to tell such a controversial story in the face of such disapproval is great, because I would not have wanted to miss this book. Kip McFarland is a murderer In Alaska, Kip set a neighbor boy on fire when he was nine years old Kip has spent years in a facility for violent juvenile offenders Kip is 14 years old and is about to be released It is time for Kip McFarland to disappear Starting over again in Indiana with his father and new stepmother, Wade enters school for the first time and tries to move away from his violent past Things seem to be going swimmingly he gets a best friend, a girlfriend, a newfound interest in the sport of swimming and good grades But despite his therapist's warnings about hungry ghosts, he selfdestructs his seemingly pictureperfect life in a drunken confession, and his past comes back to devour his future Starting over once again in a Texas beach house his stepmother has recently inherited, Wade has onechance Will he deny himself the opportunity for human contact in order to protect his family from further heartbreak, or will he take a chance on forgiveness? Giles is a modern master of thoughtprovoking teen psychologial thrillers Selfacceptance, forgiveness, retribution and redemption are all important themes brought up during Wade's journey, and the reader is left to contemplate their own hungry ghosts along the way Highly recommended for those looking for a meaty realistic teen fiction read. *Epub ↠ Right Behind You ↠ When he was nine, Kip set another child on fire Now, after years in a juvenile ward, he is ready for a fresh start But the ghosts of his past soon demand justice, and he must reveal his painful secret How can Kip tell anyone that he really isor wasa murderer? Several things are inexplicably popular, at least allegedly, despite the fact that hardly anybody actually likes them Evidence of this is seen with FruitRollUps nobody eats those any and the Republican Party Another good example is Social Issue Novels, which if awards like the Gateway are to be believed are the absolute most popular class of novel for teenagers This is not true Nobody reads social issue novels Teenagers hate being told what to do with their lives; did you really think they would read entire books you wrote to tell them what to do with their lives? Nevertheless, they continue to hand out awards to these books like it’s going out of style (It was never in style.) Why? Well, because adults love it when other adults tell teenagers what to do It provides the whole group with a sense of unity.I bring this up because, much like “November Blues”, the next Gateway Award book I will be discussing, “Right Behind You”, is a social issue novel It’s based around the idea of child criminals, which is something the author read about on the internet once and thought sounded like a good idea for a book Basically, child criminals are like in comic books when they tell you the supervillian was evil when he was a little kid because he ate his parents’ eyeballs while they were sleeping or something, except it’s real life It’s creepy and horrifying and quite frankly the kind of thing that should only ever have to happen in campy horror films, and I never really needed to know it was real life The author of “Right Behind You” insists on playing out this plot in the most hideously realistic way possible, to the point that it’s irritating The protagonist, whose name escapes me because I don’t care, killed a dude once when he was six or whatever, by setting him on fire, and now he’s getting out of juvenile hall and has to pretend to be a normal kid again “Normal kid” of course involves a lot of drinking and Betty/Veronica love interests.With a premise like that, it seems unthinkable that this novel could be anything but interesting, and yet it frequently wanders into “complete boredom” territory How is this accomplished? The author has chosen to go with the “too much information” method, in which he tells us way too much about fascinating details such as Murderer Kid’s biology class Nobody cares! This is a mistake I have seen many teen lit authors make they forget that they are, in fact, writing for an audience of teenagers, who are going to take these things as a matter of course, and describe nonplotrelevantbutimportantcomponentsofmodernteenagerlifeIthink things such as bitchy cheerleaders and wild teen parties as if they were strange rituals from an alien planet Which of course to your basic author they are They never went to any parties or talked to any cheerleaders None of us have Another trap of bad writing the author tends to fall into is skipping over huge passages of time with merely a paragraph stating,or less, “Then some time passed Here’s basically what happened to everyone” Needlessly to say, this comes across as a bit sloppy.However, what I think is the book’s biggest failure is that it's floundering around trying to address problems that are really much too big for it The major theme is that of whether the protagonist can ever forgive himself for killing another child when he was young, and whether other people would ever forgive him, whether indeed he should be forgiven While this is of course a fascinating moral quandary and all that sort of thing, it’s a bit odd in that the author never seems to come to a definite conclusion about any of those questions, and while a lot of things happen in the book, sort of, Protagonist comes out of it all without any character development in any particular direction, and… I’m not sure why Or how I feel about it, because while it’s always nice to see the old Aesop subverted, I was left wondering why the hell I’d even bothered to read the book anyway It’s a book with no message that reaches no conclusions about the human spirit or unique teenage issues, and all in all I can’t help feel that “Right Behind You” didn’t do what it was built to do.Also I’ve forgotten what the title means. Murderer Murderer Murderer Those words resonate through Kip McFarland’s brain every time his name is spoken I am a murderer When Kip was only a kid, homeschooled in Alaska, he set fire and burned another child to death, by accident Accident or no, the death stayed with him for every moment of his life Kip was just getting rid of the aftereffects and the shock of watching his cousin and writhe and scream, but the memory never left him completely The officials had already sent orders for Kip to be institutionalized ina juvinile ward There, Kip grew hardened, only the shadow of his former self He even needed a shrink for analyzing his every move, and his father visited frequently to check up on him After years of this cycle, finally Kip’s father offers a way out of this madhouse A chance to start over, with a clean slate, a new name, living in the state of Indiana The whole package, too good to be true Soon Kip McFarland is no longer Kip, but Wade Madison Wade is you typical high school kid, complete with a circle of friends and being the star of the school’s swim team However, Wade/Kip knows that this arrangement can only be temporary Without coming clean about his past, there is no peace in Wade’s mind The question is, how long before Wade burns away his only sanctuary? After, will he be able to piece together the remaining ashes of his life? Gail Giles will light a spark in readers’ hearts, a burning desire to read on The spark starts a raging forest fire, and readers will devour this book the way flickers of flame devour wood.