Grand & Humble by Brent Hartinger
Published by Smashwords Edition on November 23, 2011
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense, young adult
Format & Length: e-book, 134
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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 again until they can each unravel the secret of the terrifying instant that lies at the center of both their lives.
An All-New Edition, Rewritten and Revised by the Author!
This was yet another free e-book I found through Book Bub. (I have a problem, I know. For what it’s worth, I have found some pretty good reads this way!
The concept for Grand & Humble is quite interesting and clever. My issues were more with the execution. The writing style did not work for me, and the dialogue between characters felt contrived. A mystery at its core, I felt too much was unexplained for too long. A couple more seeds securely planted throughout would have made a world of difference.
The author’s note says this is a rewrite to improve the original in anticipation of turning it into a screenplay. To be perfectly honest, this is one of those books that might actually be better as a movie.