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Hernandez forges the powerful voice of a somewhat angsty teenager in this gripping yet easy to follow novel I regard this as a coming of age story of sorts, because of the way the characters are developed, namely Enrique The writer plays with the reader s perception and opinion of characters masterfully, namely in the revealing of Enrique as a less than desirable character AFTER revealing the path of his painfully blazed trail from childhood to early teenhood The idea that people can change Hernandez forges the powerful voice of a somewhat angsty teenager in this gripping yet easy to follow novel I regard this as a coming of age story of sorts, because of the way the characters are developed, namely Enrique The writer plays with the reader s perception and opinion of characters masterfully, namely in the revealing of Enrique as a less than desirable character AFTER revealing the path of his painfully blazed trail from childhood to early teenhood The idea that people can change unexpectedly is a big deal for the plot of this book the brothers assume that their father is the same as he has always been despite the signs that seem to suggest otherwise When the group of kids goes on their journey to avenge Enrique s broken childhood, they run into a lot of unexpected obstacles along the way as suggested by the title and see others who have fallen victim to the reckless wiles of life as well, which really enriches the scope of that theme I do agree with other readers who say that the graphic sexual content may have been unnecessary, however I also believe that it was instrumental in establishing Marcus as a hearty and determined young adult, and in turn showing just how much his brother s torment affected him and why it affected him in the ways that it did I m giving this book four stars and not five because, quite simply, there were no quotation marks This was a good book It had good characters and a good plot The theme of domestic violence and depression was quite sad and dark, but once you get around that, it s great. First, the good stuff David Hernandez packs a lot of powerful emotion per page in this novel, and his main character, Marcus, is a wonderful mix of reliable enough for me to trust him as a narrator, but imperfect enough to relate to Also, this is one of those rare YA novels that I think would resonate with teenage boys, especially if they re Hispanic Hernandez manages to honor the traits of a Hispanic family in the US without digressing into the preachy ness that is so typical of multicultur First, the good stuff David Hernandez packs a lot of powerful emotion per page in this novel, and his main character, Marcus, is a wonderful mix of reliable enough for me to trust him as a narrator, but imperfect enough to relate to Also, this is one of those rare YA novels that I think would resonate with teenage boys, especially if they re Hispanic Hernandez manages to honor the traits of a Hispanic family in the US without digressing into the preachy ness that is so typical of multicultural children s books.Second, the not so good stuff some of the plot felt kind of tacked on for the sake of moving things forward instead of growing out of the story The worst part of the book, no quotation marks Trying to read a dialogue heavy book without quotation marks pain in the butt David Hernandez is one of my favorite poets, and he brings his acute observational skills to this story of a teenage boy dealing with his father s inexplicable violence toward his younger brother The novel meanders the way that teenage life does, floating from one scene to the next withemphasis on sensation than causality Maybe it s a poet thing too But what the book lacks in page turner ness, it makes up in realism and quiet moments of odd beauty. Sucker Punch, it was written by David Hernandez, and is about a kid named Marcus, his dad died at the beginning, they didn t say how, and they were at a funeral for him,Marcus s friend was there and he was thinking about what to do to his dad, and picturing it in his head, they also like to get into trouble during the story.Sucker punch is a book you should read it is very funny and a sad story too, the story has a lot of action like Marcus and his friends get in some trouble and do some stuff w Sucker Punch, it was written by David Hernandez, and is about a kid named Marcus, his dad died at the beginning, they didn t say how, and they were at a funeral for him,Marcus s friend was there and he was thinking about what to do to his dad, and picturing it in his head, they also like to get into trouble during the story.Sucker punch is a book you should read it is very funny and a sad story too, the story has a lot of action like Marcus and his friends get in some trouble and do some stuff without their mom knowing like fighting people and stuff The book is told in 3rd person Marcus doesn t really care about other people that much and is kind of a tough guy This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I liked the book, it was a good blend of friendship, family, and hard times The story is about two brothers and their father, Marcus the older brother watches and cries as his dad beats on Enrique the younger brother This happens all the time for many years until one day Marcus jumps on top of his dad to stop him from beating up Enrique They all go to there rooms but when Marcus and Enrique wake up all they have is a note from there dad saying im leaving don t come after me Everything was fi I liked the book, it was a good blend of friendship, family, and hard times The story is about two brothers and their father, Marcus the older brother watches and cries as his dad beats on Enrique the younger brother This happens all the time for many years until one day Marcus jumps on top of his dad to stop him from beating up Enrique They all go to there rooms but when Marcus and Enrique wake up all they have is a note from there dad saying im leaving don t come after me Everything was fine for a while until his mom tells him that shes been talking with his dad and he wants to come back home Marcus and Enrique didn t like this so they figure out where their dad is living and try to scare him from coming home by using a gun They drive for a few days and arrive at there dads house in CA there they confront him but he is being nice, he tells them that he doesn t have anger any and that hes sorry but Enrique pulls the gun anyway to try to scare him but it only works for a little bit Enrique and Marcus decide to leave at that and return home Quick, simple read Captivating story character dynamics Quick, simple read Captivating story character dynamics *DOWNLOAD EPUB ↳ Suckerpunch ☉ It s the summer before senior year, and Marcus should be hanging out, filling his sketchbook, maybe asking a girl out for once So why is he in a car with his brother, his brother s girl, and the pistol, headed straight toward his dad David Hernandez writes with striking lyricism and unfaltering poise Suckerpunch marks the debut of a superb and important new literary talent good writinganticlimactic plot Two brothers travel to seek out their father to make him pay for the mess and pain he left behind.