In Mike We Trust

In Mike We Trust

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Honesty.He wanted it. He craved it.He could barely remember what it was.When Garth's uncle comes to visit, he's like a breath of very needed fresh air. Mike is laid-back and relaxed--and willing to accept Garth for who he is, without question. For the first time in a long while, Garth feels like he's around someone who understands him.But before long Garth is helping Mike with some pretty mysterious things and finds himself keeping secrets from everyone around him. He's forced to wonder: Is his uncle Mike really who he says he is, and can Garth trust him? More importantly, can Garth trust the person he's becoming?P. E. Ryan has crafted a clever and compelling novel that asks the question: How far will you go for your family, to find yourself?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 321 pages
  • 132.08 x 182.88 x 33.02mm | 340.19g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0060858133
  • 9780060858131
  • 1,035,649

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A surprising, entertaining and sometimes overwhelming sophomore story of what it means to twist the truth. --Kirkus Reviews
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257 ratings
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4 24% (62)
3 33% (86)
2 9% (24)
1 5% (13)

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Things haven\'t been going so well for 15-year-old Garth since his father died. He and his mom have had to move into a dingy apartment. She works two jobs and is always tired, while he has to pretend to enjoy working for the irritable owner of the local department store. Worst of all, he finally found the courage to come out to her - only to have her put that discussion \"on hold\" for an indefinite period, after extracting a promise that he tell no one else. Garth feels stifled, but he has no idea what to do about it. Then change comes without warning in the form of Garth\'s Uncle Mike, who shows up one evening in need of a place to crash for a few weeks. Despite Garth\'s mom\'s concerns, Garth finds himself immediately warming to Mike. Mike has the sort of confidence Garth wishes he had, and when he tells Mike about his sexuality, Mike is not only accepting, but also encouraging. Yet even as Mike helps Garth feel more comfortable with himself, he starts to involve Garth in a series of increasingly elaborate money-making schemes. As desperately as his family could use the cash, Garth can\'t help feeling the pressure of all the secrets he\'s suddenly keeping. But how can trusting the person who\'s given him the support he so needs be wrong? IN MIKE WE TRUST is full of those sorts of tricky moral dilemmas, and watching Garth navigate them is just part of the novel\'s appeal. Ryan offers no easy answers, and Garth\'s responses feel completely authentic. The stifling Garth feels is vividly drawn, as is his developing relationship with another gay teen. The conclusion wraps up several loose ends in a believable but optimistic way, and leaves others open to the reader\'s imagination. Teens who\'ve struggled with parents who can\'t quite accept them for who they are - whether their sexuality or any other aspect of their identity - will find much to relate to, not to mention hope. Recommended to all fans of contemporary YA.show more
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