Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees

Frankie's older brother Steve is a star soccer player and extremely popular but recently he has been acting more like a cholo - disrespecting their parents, staying out all night, hanging with gang members, and getting into fights.  Frankie has always looked up to his brother but he is getting more worried about him and Frankie has problems of his own.  He has begun dating Rebecca and finds himself being beat up by her ex-boyfriend Dalton and his friends.  Dalton's family owns a tortilla manufacturing plant which became famous with a recipe from Rebecca's family.  Frankie is also nervous about the fact that Rebecca's dad is the sheriff in town who has reservations about his daughter dating someone he finds questionable.  This book is made of the type of stuff teens love - fights, sketchy characters, sibling loyalty, romance - but the writing is not great.  Not something I enjoyed much at all but I'm sure students will.