Two Teenage Boys, Both at a Crossroads…
Harlan and Manny are both seventeen years old, but they couldn’t be more different. Harlan is an athlete with a beautiful girlfriend, the son of a powerful U.S. Senator, and possibly the most popular kid in his high school. Meanwhile, Manny is a quirky theater geek, the son of a struggling single father, and one of the school’s least popular kids. And yet, Harlan and Manny both share the same sense of foreboding, a feeling that something is not right in each of their lives.
They have something else in common as well, even if they don’t know it. Fourteen years ago, when they were both three years old, a tragedy occurred — an accident that would link the two boys together forever, even as it ultimately drove them apart. It’s an event that both of them barely remember, but it still haunts them in the form of Harlan’s premonitions and Manny’s nightmares. Somehow both boys know that nothing will ever be right until they can each unravel the secret of the terrifying instant that lies at the center of both their lives.
Everything about Grand & Humble was exactly the kind of book I was looking for. There seems to be a big call for thriller type stories in YA but it has been hard to find ones that really engage the right audience. Everything from the cover, to the tone to the central main characters (which is getting harder and harder to find in YA) worked out really nicely and I can absolutely see myself putting this book in the hands of potential readers.
Both Manny and Harlan were interesting characters right off the bat, though Manny was absolutely who I connected with first. And as soon as the tense parts of the story took off it was these two main characters that really kept me turning pages because I cared about figuring out the secrets embedded in their pasts. The vision element of the story was incredibly intense and creepy, and came together in a way that both made sense and still managed to be surprising.
Grand & Humble was genuinely unlike anything I can remember reading before. Highly recommended!