Martin Wilson's What They Always Tell Us is a story about the lives and formation of brothers who are living through the ordeal known as high school. James, a senior, knows exactly where he's going and who he is, and he's happy with this knowledge. Alex, James' younger brother, doesn't and isn't. This vast difference is the main reason James and Alex are no longer close. That is until their ten-year-old
neighbor befriends them both and pulls them together with the mystery of who keeps parking outside his house at odd hours.
What They Always Tell Us is a great book for boys, if a bit ordinary. Wilson really captures relationships between males of all types and ages. James' frustration with his ordinary life portrays any senior's feelings of being stuck in Small town, USA. And Alex's identity crisis could be that of any teenager's. An interesting read for those bored boys out there.
The rate of the book's content is a 3 for its graphic, semi-sexual scenes and mature content.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Penacook, New Hampshire United States of America