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Dont Be Afraid

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Hayward's darkly comic novel of adolescent anxiety reveals an unforgettable family caught in a state of mourningMeet Jim Morrison not the lead singer of the Doors who died a rock 'n' roll death in 1971 but a chubby seventeen year old living in Cleveland Heights Ohio who was born days after the singer's death Jim or Jimmy as most people call him has been living a largely invisible life overshadowed by his older brother Mike popular and charismatic and his father Fort a stern and unyielding engineer Jimmy spends his time avoiding gym transforming his uneventful days into scenes from his favou. This book deserves a lot press than it received It's a very beautiful story about a family who is in mourning It's about the loss of a sibling and a family member but it's about how life is absurd and how families communicate with each otherThe narrator is 17 year old Jim Morrison born 3 days after the death of the rock star Jim lost his brother Mike when the town library exploded The novel recounts the events leading up to the explosion and events after Memory and present narrative go back and forthThere's sadness in this book but also humour and hope Some of the writing is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful

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Rite movies and occasionally going on banana diets special banana carrier reuiredBut everything changes the night the library explodes with pieces of books and catalogue cards falling like snow from the dark sky Jimmy is first on the scene with his father and it's soon clear that Mike had been in the library when it exploded possibly meeting a girlfriend after hours Mike's death upends the Morrisons' suburban life and any sense of normalcy is destroyed Their mother Filomena is nearly catatonic with shock and Jimmy must become his much younger brother's nanny taking him to preschool every da. This book was highly recommended by two of my Goodreads friends whose opinion I value highly Unfortunately I felt unable to give it a five star rating Don't Be Afraid told through the voice of 17 year old Jimmy is the story of a family grieving the death of Jimmy's older brother There is a dark humorous streak throughout the book Jimmy's mother finds herself unable to look after her family so Jimmy unable to handle school looks after his five year old brother taking him to day care and associating with other mothers His sister Vivian takes over the cooking microwave only and serves out interesting looking meals His father becomes obsessed with finding out exactly what happened to cause Mike's death I enjoyed the uirkiness of the book I liked Jimmy's character a modest shy young man with a real love of family However I felt no real involvement with either Jimmy or any of the other characters There are some books where one cares passionately about the characters emotionally shares their ups and downs and is fully engaged with their story Sadly for me this book was not one of them Bleach, Vol. 32: Howling everything changes the night the library Norse Mythology explodes with pieces of books and catalogue cards falling like snow from the dark sky Jimmy is first on the scene with his father and it's soon clear that Mike had been in the library when it Mastering Manga 3: Power Up with Mark Crilley exploded possibly meeting a girlfriend after hours Mike's death upends the Morrisons' suburban life and any sense of normalcy is destroyed Their mother Filomena is nearly catatonic with shock and Jimmy must become his much younger brother's nanny taking him to preschool 永遠の0 [Eien No Zero] every da. This book was highly recommended by two of my Goodreads friends whose opinion I value highly Unfortunately I felt unable to give it a five star rating Don't Be Afraid told through the voice of 17 year old Jimmy is the story of a family grieving the death of Jimmy's older brother There is a dark humorous streak throughout the book Jimmy's mother finds herself unable to look after her family so Jimmy unable to handle school looks after his five year old brother taking him to day care and associating with other mothers His sister Vivian takes over the cooking microwave only and serves out interesting looking meals His father becomes obsessed with finding out Broken Flowers: And Other Stairways to Heaven exactly what happened to cause Mike's death I Niedźwiedź w cieniu smoka enjoyed the uirkiness of the book I liked Jimmy's character a modest shy young man with a real love of family However I felt no real involvement with Wretched Chastity either Jimmy or any of the other characters There are some books where one cares passionately about the characters Leading Snowflakes emotionally shares their ups and downs and is fully Fuehrer Directives and Other Top-Level Directives of the German Armed Forces 1942-1945: Hitler's Directives engaged with their story Sadly for me this book was not one of them

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Y and uncomfortably hanging out with a gang of mothers watching them breastfeed and talking about peanut allergiesLife gets even surreal The cause of the library explosion remains mysterious and Jimmy tries to help his father unofficially gather evidence at the site Add to this his duties surrounding his mother's idea to have a birthday party for his dead brother and Jimmy finds himself busier and bizarrely happier than he's ever beenWith generous humour and characteristic energy Steven Hayward weaves a story of the undercurrents of family life and the unpredictable ways our paths can unfol. I think this was a book I should have put down when I couldn't really get into it I'm convinced I would have liked it if I had waited I feel like I should have something better to support my first two star review but I just didn't get into the story or the characters I really think it would have been better if I had waited longer after reading the Secret Mitzvah of Lucio Burke because I loved it so much and I wanted of it Lesson learned space them outETA just heard on the radio this weekend that Pope John Paul II's first address included the phrase don't be afraidI immediately thought of Hayward's book and the connections between faith miracles and visions that he explores Interesting The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence - Kindle edition by Josh Waitzkin. Humor & Entertainment Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com. even surreal The cause of the library The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance explosion remains mysterious and Jimmy tries to help his father unofficially gather Ottolenghi SIMPLE evidence at the site Add to this his duties surrounding his mother's idea to have a birthday party for his dead brother and Jimmy finds himself busier and bizarrely happier than he's The Prank War ever beenWith generous humour and characteristic Grammar and Practice with Answer Key energy Steven Hayward weaves a story of the undercurrents of family life and the unpredictable ways our paths can unfol. I think this was a book I should have put down when I couldn't really get into it I'm convinced I would have liked it if I had waited I feel like I should have something better to support my first two star review but I just didn't get into the story or the characters I really think it would have been better if I had waited longer after reading the Secret Mitzvah of Lucio Burke because I loved it so much and I wanted of it Lesson learned space them outETA just heard on the radio this weekend that Pope John Paul II's first address included the phrase don't be afraidI immediately thought of Hayward's book and the connections between faith miracles and visions that he Pills and Pacifiers: An Age-Play Medical Fantasy explores Interesting


10 thoughts on “Dont Be Afraid

  1. says:

    I have to be honest was looking forward to and dreading to read this one I went to High School with Steven and he was super intelligent so I was worried that his writing would be over my head or worse depressing and dull I didn't know him to well even though we hung in the same group for a while But let me tell you if I knew he could write like this I would have had a crush on him instead of Michael now known as Tobias TinkerThe Good Stuff As the description states so beautifully and bang on This IS a darkly comic novel that deals with family members separately lost in their own grief Extremely darkly funny my type of novel Steven really understands how grief affects us all so differently and when something tragic happens how it affects the family as a unit Loved that he gives the History and Geography Teacher the names of our respective teachers at Richmond Hill High School BTW they were both OUTSTANDING teachers Description of the library brings back memories of my old public library man I miss card catalogs The discussion about the James James poem is hilarious sort of reminds me of some of the conversations around our dinner table Mentions the town of South Porcupine in Northern Ontario where we drove through every year when visiting my mom's family Loved the scenes with the mommies from the daycare because they are so very true to life Trust me I'm a Mom Wonderful witty writing and just real and honest my review cannot not due this book justice just go buy the damn think okThe Not so Good Stuff The character of Vivian isn't very strongly developed in my opinion I wanted to hear of her voice A Library is blown up hmm a little sensitive about that since well I'm a Librarian and work in a library Favorite uotesPassagesI call Mike my dead brother because he is and so there won't be any weirdness later Otherwise there'd be this awkward moment when you'd have to nod and say how sorry you are just like you'd done if you'd been at the funeral home and had to stand there with me in front of Mike's casket I'd thank you for being sorry and maybe you'd say it again say how really sorry you were but eventually you'd walk away leaving me there while you took off somewhere else anywhere else relieved it's not you in the middle of this that it's my dead brother in that coffin not yoursIt didn't even look like she could hear us but I guess she might have caught on to the fact that what was happening was the mothering euivalent of having her driver's license revokedI've come to think of the mothers of the other children as the Mothers like they're a street gang with a ringleader a bunch of henchmen and also a couple of loser sidekick characters who you know are going to end up being killed early in the movie because of a botched robberyIt's libraries she maintained that show us what heaven will be like Look at these books she'd say how can there be so many books and no eternity in which to read themI don't want a gun In the country I'm from this was one of my father's favorite things to do to refer to Canada as if it were a distant other world in the far reaches of the galaxy we don't have gunsWhat I Learned Damn who knew the boy I mostly remember for singing Rock and Roll Hoochie Coo in those tight spandex pantssorry Steve when I think of you that is the outfit I remember the most could write something so outstanding Some facts about Jim Morrison that I never knewWho shouldshouldn't read For those who enjoy dark comedies Anyone who grew up in the 80's especially Richmond Hill in the 80's will enjoy Fans of Mordecai Richler will appreciate Hayward's writing Honestly I think pretty much anyone could find something to enjoy in this one45 Dewey'sI received this book from Random House in exchange for an honest review


  2. says:

    This book deserves a lot press than it received It's a very beautiful story about a family who is in mourning It's about the loss of a sibling and a family member but it's about how life is absurd and how families communicate with each otherThe narrator is 17 year old Jim Morrison born 3 days after the death of the rock star Jim lost his brother Mike when the town library exploded The novel recounts the events leading up to the explosion and events after Memory and present narrative go back and forthThere's sadness in this book but also humour and hope Some of the writing is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful


  3. says:

    I read this book when it was first published and I was extremely moved by it I liked that the protagonist was always in the shadow of his older sibling and then his sibling died I really see it as a beautiful depiction of a young man trying to forge an identity for himself after something awful had happened I really should get to reading Steven Hayward's other books


  4. says:

    Don’t Be Afraid by Steven Hayward 315 pages★★★ This is from the point of view of 17 year old Jimmy His older brother is killed in a freak accident; he drops out of school to care for his little 4 year old brother when his mother loses all sanity As if the loss of his brother isn’t enough he forced to become an adult even uicker It’s a story about loss grieving and how each family member deals with the loss A couple months ago I went to a book reading for an author but also there was this author Steven Hayward I have never heard of him He’s mostly been published in Canada his home country but currently resides and is a professor in my city When he read from his book it piued my interest just enough to check out from the libraryLooking at other people’s reviews it seems to be one of those love it or hate it kind of books But watch me be a rebel and give a neutral rating of 3 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the premise of the book I enjoyed the resilience and the dark humor found in the book I couldn’t stop reading it because I just wanted to know where it was going I could relate to the amount of grief However even with all those great things I had trouble connecting to the characters and it sort of wrecked my experience I didn’t too much care what happened to them The only character that I liked much at all was the father It had potential but it just felt like something was missing that left me feeling letdown


  5. says:

    This book was highly recommended by two of my Goodreads friends whose opinion I value highly Unfortunately I felt unable to give it a five star rating Don't Be Afraid told through the voice of 17 year old Jimmy is the story of a family grieving the death of Jimmy's older brother There is a dark humorous streak throughout the book Jimmy's mother finds herself unable to look after her family so Jimmy unable to handle school looks after his five year old brother taking him to day care and associating with other mothers His sister Vivian takes over the cooking microwave only and serves out interesting looking meals His father becomes obsessed with finding out exactly what happened to cause Mike's death I enjoyed the uirkiness of the book I liked Jimmy's character a modest shy young man with a real love of family However I felt no real involvement with either Jimmy or any of the other characters There are some books where one cares passionately about the characters emotionally shares their ups and downs and is fully engaged with their story Sadly for me this book was not one of them


  6. says:

    The author is a friend of my sister though I have never met him I thoroughly enjoyed the book I liked the way the story unfolded making it compelling to keep reading to find out detail Yet ultimately each of the characters was probably just an exaggeration or not of people we all know in our day to day lives making the book feel familiar yet a bit discomforting could that be my son my neighbor the new girl at school? Couldn't the people in my life be struggling in eually odd ways with the burdens they bear? Don't we all just ultimately find some way to get by some miraculously and most in a meandering shifting evolving and sometimes bewildering and shocking way?And yet You'll be fine It's not everything you know being fine And some would tell you it's overrated page 298


  7. says:

    After reading Dr Hayward's I know him as Dr Hayward took him for Shakespeare in college first novel The Secret Mitzvah of Lucio Burke I had very high expectations Unfortunately this book didn't pull me in the way the first did I wasn't excited by the mystery what caused the explosion in the library and the characters didn't always seem authentic All of the warmth and humanity is present in the writing but there was just something that didn't work for me Additionally I think because the story takes place in Cleveland Heights where I grew up the story lacked the kind of escapism I typically look for in a novel I don't blame the author for that I know the places and could tell where creative license took over there are also a couple of anachronisms only a local would catch


  8. says:

    I think this was a book I should have put down when I couldn't really get into it I'm convinced I would have liked it if I had waited I feel like I should have something better to support my first two star review but I just didn't get into the story or the characters I really think it would have been better if I had waited longer after reading the Secret Mitzvah of Lucio Burke because I loved it so much and I wanted of it Lesson learned space them outETA just heard on the radio this weekend that Pope John Paul II's first address included the phrase don't be afraidI immediately thought of Hayward's book and the connections between faith miracles and visions that he explores Interesting


  9. says:

    I rarely give a book a 5 but I felt this book was amazing This is a story of a family that is dealing with the death of their sonbrother under circumstances that are not entirely clear The grief of each individual plays out in entirely painful ways for the reader as well The uality of the writing was exuisite and had me from the beginning page Unfortunately I am posting this review too long after the reading experienceRe read this novel for my Book Club selection in November 2012 I continue to love this book The writing the dialogue and the story are all wonderful Hayward does a great job of writing from J J perspective and yet he also is successfuly in portraying the adults as well This will continue as one of my all time favourites


  10. says:

    I enjoyed this book The characters and their reactions are totally believeable and evoke sympathy There was some lovely writing I was pleased that the ending did not turn out to be a contrivance There were some suggestions that this would happen and I was prepared to be annoyed A good read Whoops pardon the punInteresting little aside was the function of the psychiatrist who was using the traditional talk therapy approach Today the Globe and Mail reported on plans for the new mental health manual that doctors from all over use to define whatever mental illness they are diagnosing The article goes on to describe how psychiatry has moved from talk therapy to drugs but are now starting to move back So the psychiatrist in this book was up to date


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