Black Chuck

Category: Book
By (author): McDonell, Regan
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Boys & Men
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / General
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Violence
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Published: April 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*Psycho. Sick. Dangerous. Réal Dufresne's reputation precedes him. When the mangled body of his best friend, Shaun, turns up in a field just east of town, tough-as-hell Réal blames himself. But except for the nightmares, all Ré remembers is beating the living crap out of Shaun the night of his death.

Shaun's girlfriend, sixteen-year-old Evie Hawley, keeps her feelings locked up tight. But now she's pregnant, and the father of her baby is dead. And when Réal looks to her to atone for his sins, everything goes sideways. Fast.

The tighter Evie and Réal get, the faster things seem to fall apart. And falling in love might just be the card that knocks the whole house down.
From The Publisher*In this gritty young adult novel, Réal struggles with his guilt over a friend's violent death and his feelings for the dead boy's pregnant girlfriend.
From The Publisher*In this gritty young adult novel, Ral struggles with his guilt over a friends violent death and his feelings for the dead boys pregnant girlfriend.
Review Quote*"A darkly atmospheric story, filled with heartfelt, yet perfectly-flawed characters. I loved it."
Review Quote*"Black Chuck is a stunning work of prose-poetic and haunting, tender and gritty-this is a remarkable novel."
Review Quote*"McDonell has captured the brashness and insecurity of adolescence in this gravel-splattering joy-ride. Four teenagers attempt to discern what is real from what is not after trauma threatens to rob them all of their futures."
Review Quote*"Black Chuck is easy to get lost in, haunting, hard not to think about. This story is compelling, chillingly real and sad. Timeless, yet contemporary. A pleasure to read."
Review Quote*"[A] beautiful and painful novel…McDonell's background in creative writing and poetry is evident in this excellent debut novel…[Réal] is a character I don't think I've really experienced before…He's a character who I felt bad for, cheered for, wanted to slap at times, and who I needed to see find some hope in life…A strange, brutal, heartbreaking, and strangely uplifting novel about lies, love, friendship, courage, and the struggle to overcome guilt. Recommended."