Monday, December 19, 2011

The Other Brother, by L.N. Cronk

Ever since his best friend, Greg, died in high school, David has watched over Charlotte, Greg's little sister, as if she were his own.  When she had personal struggles during her senior year at high school, David and his wife Laci really helped Charlotte.  Now she is in college, and learns of some shocking developments.  David fears his relationship with his "little sister" will never be the same.

Once again, I am floored by the humanity and realism shown in the work of L.N. Cronk.  This book continues the Chop Chop series, which follows a group of characters whose lives are forever changed by a young boy named Greg.  In this installment of the series, we see the blossoming of a new generation of characters, and the continued evolution of their relationships.

I really love that we have seen some of these characters, like Charlotte and Jordan, grow up over the course of the last few books.  It makes the readers fully connected to the characters, and invested in the story.  I believe that is why these stories read so easily; it is less like reading a novel, and more like reading a letter from an old friend.  There were a few surprises in this book, ones that make me excited to see where the rest of the series is headed.  This book especially emphasizes that period when teenagers are transitioning to adulthood, and some of the struggles that ensue not only for the individuals, but for the people who have loved them as they have come of age.

I think these books are equally appropriate for adult and young adult readers, as the content is really wholesome, but also realistic.  Once again, I am unable to find fault with this series.

I received a review copy courtesy of the author.

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