“The Things a Brother Knows” by Dana Reinhardt is a YA must read for adults for two reasons. It gives us a peek into the language, the activities and the mentality of today’s teens, and it lets us experience the “residuals” of our military conflicts in the Mid-East.  The older brother in the story has recently returned from that horrible fiasco (not to hint at my political opinions or anything!) and we watch him and his family deal with Life after it. A good read for adults as well as an absorbing story for young adults.

Reinhardt protects the reader from the grisly details of war wounds while showing the depths to which returning soldiers reach to attempt to heal. She does it very well with a fresh, resonant voice.  Put this book on your list!