Brewer, Heather. The Cemetery Boys.
4Q * 4P * S
Brewer, Heather. The Cemetery Boys. HarperTeen, 2015. 288p. $17.99. 978-0-06230-788-0.
After suffering through his mother's debilitating mental illness, which left the family broke, Stephen's father moves them to the small town he grew up in to live with Stephen's grandmother. Surrounded by schoolmates he is not sure he can trust, a grandmother who seems to hate his mere existence, and a possible romantic fling with the beautiful and punk girl Cara, Stephen feels like he has been transported to another planet. But soon after settling in, he finds friendship with Cara's twin brother, Devon, and the two hang out at the local cemetery with others in Devon's group, passing around liquor and harmlessly discussing town lore. That is when Stephen learns of a frightening tale believed by most of the townspeople that could lead Stephen down a very dark path.
The Cemetery Boys is a sinister tale of a frightening legend and the power of belief. With an ending that will shock and sadden, Brewer takes readers on a journey of friendship, recklessness, secrets, and betrayal. The small-town setting is ever exemplified by the narrow-mindedness of its inhabitants. Teens will be able to relate to Stephen's frustration of being trapped by circumstances beyond his control. This is a perfect choice for those who enjoy mystery and suspense with dark and twisted characters.--Erin Segreto.