Flesh and Bone by William Alton


Goodreads Summary:

A literary novel for young adults that deals with a despairing teen uncertain about his sexual preferences who turns to drugs, alcohol, and unreliable friends for solace.
Told in a series of images and fragments, Flesh and Bone is a raw and real portrayal of a teen struggling to find love in his life. When Bill’s father leaves and he and his mother move far away to live with her parents, his whole world implodes. His grandparents are cold and distant, his mom is distant both physically and emotionally as she deals with her own struggles, and his dad is just gone. Bill explores his sexuality with multiple partners as he searches for love and compassion and turns to drugs and alcohol to dull the pain of loneliness. Flesh and Bone is a powerful tale that sheds light on the dark places of the soul.

My Thoughts:


This book is written in small bursts of thought.  It did not seem to be in chronological order either.  The book is about Bill, a teenager, who moves with his mother into his grandparent’s home after his dad leaves them.  His mom has to get a job working as a waitress at nights, and he hardly ever sees her anymore.  His grandparents are distant, and his grandfather seems mean.  I think at one point it mentioned that he used to hit Bill’s mom.  Bill has to get up early and do chores around the farm, and then go to school. He seems very lonely and starts hanging out with friends and drinking and doing drugs for a lot of the time.  This book reminded me of  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.  Bill explores his sexuality by experimenting with both his girl and guy friends.  One of his friend’s warns him to stay away from his uncle, but Bill hangs around him also.  Overall I liked the book.



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