Eli the Good is young boys journey to becoming a young adult. He must deal with the bad memories and dreams of his father, a war veteran, his crazy and rebellious sister, and his aunt who has come to vist, but has a big secret hidden away. These things help and give Eli his first glimpse at adulthood. The people he is the closest to don't seem to stay around to long, and he seeks love from his mother, who is wrapped up in his fathers past.
This book gives a very good look into the lives of many young people today. They see things and know things they shouldn't however it helps them in taking a step into becoming an adult. Family troubles such as diseases happen to many young people who don't know how to deal with them, but it will help in the long run. The detail that the author uses really makes you fall into the book. I could see the Fourth of July parade, and I could feel what Edie was feeling when Eli was mean to her that night. The book really carptures the emotion of what normal everyday families go through.Silas House shows the struggles of not only a young boy, but a teenage girl, a mother and father, and the struggle a young girl goes through when her family falls apart. When a book can speak to many people of all ages, I think it's worth a read.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Mantua, NJ US