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ISBN13: 9780763655273
ISBN10: 0763655279
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After his older brother dies in Iraq, Matt makes a discovery that rocks his beliefs about strength, bravery, and honor in this page-turning debut.

Ever since his brother, T.J., was killed in Iraq, Matt feels like hes been sleepwalking through life — failing classes, getting into fights, and avoiding his dad's lectures about following in his brothers footsteps. T.J.'s gone, but Matt can't shake the feeling that if only he could get his hands on his brother's stuff from Iraq, hed be able to make sense of his death. But as Matt searches for answers about T.J.'s death, he faces a shocking revelation about T.J.'s life that suggests he may not have known T.J. as well as he thought. What he learns challenges him to stand up to his father, honor his brother's memory, and take charge of his own life. With compassion, humor, and a compelling narrative voice, E. M. Kokie explores grief, social mores, and self-discovery in a provocative first novel.

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"In an outstanding debut, Kokie tackles the tumultuous aftermath of a soldier's death, as seen through the eyes of a sibling left behind. Ever since 17-year-old Matt Foster's older brother, T.J., died in Iraq, Matt has been enraged — especially with anyone who criticizes the war or his brother's role in it — and he doesn't hesitate to express himself with his fists. Meanwhile, his authoritative and physically intimidating ex-military father seems determined to erase every sign of his deceased son's presence. When Matt gets his hands on some of T.J.'s possessions, he discovers that T.J. had a life he never knew about, complete with girlfriend and potential child. Risking his father's wrath, Matt borrows a car and takes an impromptu road trip, hoping to reconnect with his brother's memory. Writing with grace and subtlety, Kokie depicts Matt's emotions as he uncovers the details of T.J's hidden life. Through raw moments and strikingly mature characterizations, Kokie explores loss, personal relationships, and the burden of preconceptions. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Chris Richman, Upstart Crow Literary. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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After his older brother dies in Iraq, Matt makes a discovery that rocks his beliefs about strength, bravery, and honor in this page-turning debut.

Ever since his brother, T.J., was killed in Iraq, Matt feels like hes been sleepwalking through life — failing classes, getting into fights, and avoiding his dads lectures about following in his brothers footsteps. T.J.s gone, but Matt cant shake the feeling that if only he could get his hands on his brothers stuff from Iraq, hed be able to make sense of his death. But as Matt searches for answers about T.J.s death, he faces a shocking revelation about T.J.s life that suggests he may not have known T.J. as well as he thought. What he learns challenges him to stand up to his father, honor his brothers memory, and take charge of his own life. With compassion, humor, and a compelling narrative voice, E. M. Kokie explores grief, social mores, and self-discovery in a provocative first novel.

About the Author

E. M. Kokie is an attorney, but has long had a strong interest in literature for teens. Personal Effects is her first novel. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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moiraethefatesbookreview, May 25, 2012 (view all comments by moiraethefatesbookreview)
* Hardcover: 352 pages
* Publisher: Candlewick (September 11, 2012)
* ISBN-10: 0763655279
* Author: E. M. Kokie
* Cover Art: Love it, it conveys so much I want a poster!
* Overall rating:*****+ out of 5 stars!
* Obtained: I received an ARC for review. Thank you!


Personal Effects by E. M. Kokie

Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.



After his older brother dies in Iraq, Matt makes a discovery that rocks his beliefs about strength, bravery, and honor in this page-turning debut.

Ever since his brother, T.J., was killed in Iraq, Matt feels like he’s been sleepwalking through life �" failing classes, getting into fights, and avoiding his dad’s lectures about following in his brother’s footsteps. T.J.’s gone, but Matt can’t shake the feeling that if only he could get his hands on his brother’s stuff from Iraq, he’d be able to make sense of his death. But as Matt searches for answers about T.J.’s death, he faces a shocking revelation about T.J.’s life that suggests he may not have known T.J. as well as he thought. What he learns challenges him to stand up to his father, honor his brother’s memory, and take charge of his own life. With compassion, humor, and a compelling narrative voice, E. M. Kokie explores grief, social mores, and self-discovery in a provocative first novel. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)


You know that rare feeling you get with a book? The one where you read the first chapter and already feel like you've known the main character your whole life? Or the feeling you get from a book where you have to stop yourself from reading more just to make it last longer and to sleep?


Personal Effects gives the reader both. Just from the synopsis I guessed what the "shocking revelation" about T.J. was. Even having guessed it, it didn't take anything away from the experience of reading this book. I loved Matt. He was such a strong character and had such an awesome voice I was sucked in after the first page.


When we learn of T.J.'s death, my heart broke for Matt. He went through so much after he finds out about the death. All of this makes the reader's heart break even more. Matt has a very close friend Shauna who I really liked. I wish she had had more face time in the book, but at the same time I think that what time she had was just right.



This is such a powerful book, I don't think there are enough book on this subject in the Iraq War. Kokie did such an amazing job on showing us what Matt was going through.


Having a male narrator was a refreshing change in YA. I loved this book. This is a book I will buying a finished copy of when it releases. If you want a new book, with a strong male voice I would highly recommend this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780763655273
Author:
Kokie, E.M.
Publisher:
Candlewick
Author:
Kokie, Emily
Subject:
Historical - Military & Wars
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Military and War
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
grief;death;family;brothers
Subject:
grief;death;brothers;family;war;teen
Publication Date:
20120911
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.51 x 6.94 x 1.17 in 1.125 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In an outstanding debut, Kokie tackles the tumultuous aftermath of a soldier's death, as seen through the eyes of a sibling left behind. Ever since 17-year-old Matt Foster's older brother, T.J., died in Iraq, Matt has been enraged — especially with anyone who criticizes the war or his brother's role in it — and he doesn't hesitate to express himself with his fists. Meanwhile, his authoritative and physically intimidating ex-military father seems determined to erase every sign of his deceased son's presence. When Matt gets his hands on some of T.J.'s possessions, he discovers that T.J. had a life he never knew about, complete with girlfriend and potential child. Risking his father's wrath, Matt borrows a car and takes an impromptu road trip, hoping to reconnect with his brother's memory. Writing with grace and subtlety, Kokie depicts Matt's emotions as he uncovers the details of T.J's hidden life. Through raw moments and strikingly mature characterizations, Kokie explores loss, personal relationships, and the burden of preconceptions. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Chris Richman, Upstart Crow Literary. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by , After his older brother dies in Iraq, Matt makes a discovery that rocks his beliefs about strength, bravery, and honor in this page-turning debut.

Ever since his brother, T.J., was killed in Iraq, Matt feels like hes been sleepwalking through life — failing classes, getting into fights, and avoiding his dads lectures about following in his brothers footsteps. T.J.s gone, but Matt cant shake the feeling that if only he could get his hands on his brothers stuff from Iraq, hed be able to make sense of his death. But as Matt searches for answers about T.J.s death, he faces a shocking revelation about T.J.s life that suggests he may not have known T.J. as well as he thought. What he learns challenges him to stand up to his father, honor his brothers memory, and take charge of his own life. With compassion, humor, and a compelling narrative voice, E. M. Kokie explores grief, social mores, and self-discovery in a provocative first novel.

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