Brooklyn, Burning

Brooklyn, Burning

Book - 2011
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Sixteen-year-old Kid, who lives on the streets of Brooklyn, loves Felix, a guitarist and junkie who disappears, leaving Kid the prime suspect in an arson investigation, but a year later Scout arrives, giving Kid a second chance to be in a band and find true love.
Publisher: Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Lab, c2011
ISBN: 9780761375265
Branch Call Number: YA FIC BRE
Characteristics: 202 p. ;,20 cm.

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Ange_X
Aug 24, 2016

This novel puts life as being LGBTQ into perspective. We know not of the main character’s sexuality nor gender identity, but that makes it possible for readers to view love in it’s whole form without being burdened down with the social constructs of it. The love and longing was fluidly portrayed, and rings true in everyone regardless of where one may fall on the spectrum. After all, love is love. While ‘Brooklyn, Burning’ is not crystal clear and requires inferring to understand, the messages can be interpreted in anyway to be subjective to the reader. Approach with an open mind and the strong emotions will be sure to make lasting impressions.

ChristchurchLib Feb 03, 2014

"In this "intimate yet wonderfully open rock 'n' roll love story" (Publishers Weekly), 16-year-old drummer Kid, who, according to Kid's father, "doesn't know whether to be straight or gay or a girl or a boy or what," finds love, tragedy, and music on the streets of Brooklyn. After being kicked out by judgmental parents, Kid lived for a while with an older junkie named Felix - but Felix is gone now, and Kid is alone again. Until Scout moves to town... Told in a style that allows the author to keep the main characters' genders ambiguous, Brooklyn, Burning is a "moving, personal story of friendship, loss, and love" (Horn Book)." Teen Scene February 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/8a08e81d-ac97-440e-96bf-f540fa04887e?postId=e2010111-5bc0-46cc-8cac-949874a1f8c0

VanessaCCL Dec 04, 2012

"In this "intimate yet wonderfully open rock 'n' roll love story" (Publishers Weekly), 16-year-old Kid, who, according to Kid's father, "doesn't know whether to be straight or gay or a girl or a boy or what," finds love, tragedy, heartbreak, and music on the streets of Brooklyn. Kid is a drummer who, after being kicked out of said angry father's house, lived for a while with an older junkie named Felix - but Felix is gone now, and Kid is alone again. And then Scout moves to town... Told in a style that allows the author to keep the main characters' genders ambiguous, Brooklyn, Burning is a "moving, personal story of friendship, loss, and love" that is "also a tender tribute to all LGBTQ youth" (Horn Book)." Teen Scene December 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=576688

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lexikeeler
Jul 27, 2012

Good young adult book about love and Brooklyn and loving Brooklyn. I thought the writing was great, the voice was strong and it makes me happy to have books with gender variant/queer characters. Sometimes I had a hard time relating to the characters, but I think it is just that I was a nerd and not in the least bit punk rock.

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emilymirwin
Jul 26, 2012

I tend to like books like this one because the place has such a romantic feel to it. The geography, the people--they all play a big role in the story. And then there is the difficulty and pain of being who you are--whatever and whoever that is. This book has some good characters in it who do try to support the growth of teens and their sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression. And there's a little bit of love, too. Takes place in the summer so is good summer read.

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ychi
Jun 26, 2012

I actually didn't realize our protag's an LGBTQ character until the (horrifically hurtful) statement from Kid's father. It makes me kind of glad: it proves that gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people are just the same as everyone. It's not always easy to get comfortable with the main character, but as the history comes out, it's impossible not to feel for Kid. All these emotions roiled up -- abandonment, acceptance, aspirations -- make for a close-to-the-heart read.

The depth which Kid feels for everything grounds this book: the relationship with Felix, the way Kid regards Brooklyn, the impact music has... it all rings true, though readers may not have the same problems. Because teenagers are passionate, you know? And Brezenoff captures that in Brooklyn, Burning.

It's good that we're already enthralled by the emotion in this book, because plot takes somewhat of a backseat; it's about a romance, and a healing, and an incident that almost changes Kid's life. I guess you could say it does, to a degree. But while it brings a sense of satisfaction, it's not what we're waiting to see. We're waiting for the blossoming of the relationships, because that's the beauty and the heart of this novel.

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