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I started out kind of confused. Rusty-James, the main character is talking to, I guess, an old friend. I don't understand why he's acting like he doesn't want to talk to him. I'm going to guess that something happened in his past, involving Steve and he's trying not to remember it. He could be a little bit nicer. Rusty-James seems real tough, like he's been through a lot. The second chapter starts and it flashes back when he was a kid. First thing that happens is he's threatened to be killed. What surprised me is that this boy acts like its nothing. Id get all my friends to back me up and id still pee my pants. Id be like Steve, the wuss, trying to talk through it instead of fight. Rusty seems smart, he just wants to be cool and have people scared of him. They start talking about this guy nicknamed motorcycle boy. He's supposedly "the stuff," everyone thought he was cool but was terrified of him at the same time. I guess that's how Rusty wanted to be. I've never understood the whole ego thing, how you feel about yourself depends on everyone else, but whatever, not the point. So this "legend" is gone, and Rusty wants to take his place. Rusty and Steve seem like complete opposites, but that might be why they click so well.


Surprise, surprise, Rusty has a girlfriend. He doesn't seem like the type to commit to one person. He seems like a flirt, like a show- offy type. A kind of guy a girl would want to have fun with, not date. She reminds me of myself when im dating someone. Jealous, accusing, and nosey. She probably has a reason to be though. They seem like they care about each other, though. Just like her I wouldn't like him fighting. Its kind of wrong how he leaves her so quickly to fight after he hadn't seen her in so long. He's acting like he's about to go play a game of football, rather that fight. He's so excited, id be trying to find a way out of it. The guy he's supposed to be fighting is high on something and is bugging out. Oh my goodness, id be such a little girl! Only way I would EVER fight is if they were younger than me, or smaller than me, and im pretty small. Even then they would have had to really piss me off. So Rusty is kicking butt and then the motorcycle boy comes back, and distracts him. Rusty gets stabbed, and he acts like it's a cat scratch. Not me, id be rolling around the ground, screaming acting like I was dying. Motorcycle man and Steve come to his rescue and take him home. Motorcycle dude ends up being Rusty's big brother, big surprise huh? Rusty has a phobia of being alone, he acts real tough, but in reality he's not. His P.E. teacher is kind of weird, he's trying to hard to get on Rustys good side, why would an adult need approval from a student? But maybe that's just me.


Rusty "recovers" from his FATAL wound and goes back to school. I wouldn't go back till even my scabs were gone, but he hates being alone, so I guess school is better than home. He gets kicked out of his high school, I find kind of dumb. He had done ALL this bad stuff and with no warning they expel him for being late. The only thing that worried him was going into someone else's "territory." It couldn't be me, my life resides around school, my friends. I couldn't just leave. Well, Rusty, Steve, and the motorcycle guy leave for a night on the town. This motorcycle kid, doesn't seem like AT ALL like a good big brother. He doesn't talk to Rusty-James, he doesn't look out for him, like he's supposed too. He lets him drink, and LEAVES him at a bar with Steve. I mean really, a big brother is supposed



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