Someone helpfully suggested Hannah Moskowitz's Break, which Publishers Weekly describes as follows:

"Seventeen-year-old Jonah is on a quest to break every bone in his body, and his best friend Naomi is there to film each attempt, as he crashes his skateboard or dives into an empty pool. His 16-year-old brother, Jesse, has deadly food allergies and their parents aren't vigilant about keeping the house safe, so that job has fallen to Jonah, who is weighed down by the responsibility. He breaks his bones so that as he heals he becomes stronger ("It's sort of a natural bionics thing. Break a leg, grow a better leg. Break a body, grow a better body"), a belief treated with almost religious reverence from some, like Naomi (who calls it a "revolution"), but that eventually results in his being institutionalized."

Deadly allergies! Institutionalization! The deadly collision of a symbolic quest with actual pavement AND, I bet, lectures about the media-driven modern world of reality TV! Since it sounds like it has everything but a monkey, I have supplied that in an icon.

Has anyone actually read this? How is it? Could I raise money for Pakistan or the Virginia Avenue Project by reading it myself?

Break

PS. Yeah, yeah, I am procrastinating like mad, hence the semi-manic posting. In ten minutes, have to go teach two lessons, then rush to the beach to cast bread upon the waters, and all the time have a career-related Sekrit Thing of Probable Unhappiness looming over my head like a large, heavy, depressing, issue-driven YA novel. In verse.
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From: [personal profile] marydell


This book sounds like it was team-written by Jodi Picault and Robert Cormier (author of the incredibly depressing I Am The Cheese, in case you're looking for more depressing books). Awesomeness.
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From: [personal profile] umadoshi


*g* I actually read it a week or two ago, and while it's exactly as advertised in that summary, I don't think it's one of the most depressing YA novels I've read. (For reference, the author herself is only about 19 or 20 now, so I guess she wrote it in high school.) It's not a new favorite or anything, but it was fine, just...founded on a bizarre premise.

(I also don't recall any discussion of reality TV, but the discussion of Jesse's Deadly Allergies is constant.)

From: [identity profile] kateelliott.livejournal.com


That's not depressing or even grim. It's just, um, dumb. And clearly written by someone who has no idea what it is like to go without health insurance.

From: [identity profile] thecityofdis.livejournal.com


Agree with the above comment, but I love that you changed your journal name to "Dangerous Jam". I sort of adore you.

From: [identity profile] tool-of-satan.livejournal.com


rush to the beach to cast bread upon the waters

Literally?

and all the time have a career-related Sekrit Thing of Probable Unhappiness looming over my head like a large, heavy, depressing, issue-driven YA novel

That sounds awful, whatever it is. I hope it works out.
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From: [personal profile] eredien


His 16-year-old brother, Jesse, has deadly food allergies and their parents aren't vigilant about keeping the house safe, so that job has fallen to Jonah, who is weighed down by the responsibility.

So, is he breaking bones to call attention to the unsafe way the house is kept? Or is he breaking bones because he thinks he will be better able to be vigilant against stray peanuts from a hospital bed during skull fracture recovery?

I don't know about you folks, but if you are in a situation where your parents are neglectful or abusive and you feel like you have to take care of your younger sibling in your parents' stead, "deliberately breaking bones" would not be high up on my priority list of things to do, because it, well, impedes your ability to take care of your younger sibling in the parents' stead.

From: [identity profile] faithhopetricks.livejournal.com


"Seventeen-year-old Jonah is on a quest to break every bone in his body, and his best friend Naomi is there to film each attempt

WHAT?
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