Student Book Review - The Less-Dead by April Lurie

June 3, 2010

The Less-Dead
by April Lurie
January 12, 2010
Delacorte Press
Goodreads Summary: Noah Nordstrom has been dissing the religious beliefs of his father, who hosts a popular Christian radio show and whom Noah accuses of spreading hate. When two local gay teens are murdered, Noah’s anti-evangelism intensifies—he’s convinced that the killer is a caller on his dad’s program.

Then Noah meets Will Reed, a cool guy. But when he learns that Will is gay, Noah gets a little weirded out. Especially since Will seems really into him. Noah gives Will the brush-off. Meanwhile, the killer is still at large . . . and soon Noah finds the next victim. It’s Will.

Racked with guilt, Noah decides to investigate. He knows the serial killer is targeting gay teens, but only those who live in foster homes, whose deaths are not that important to society; they are the less-dead. Noah, however, is determined to prove that someone cares. With the help of Will’s journal, which he pocketed at the scene of the crime and in which the killer has written clues, Noah closes in on an opponent more dangerous than he can guess.

Student Review: The Less-Dead by April Lurie is about a seventeen-year-old boy named Noah Nordstrom. His father, John Nordstrom is the famous "Bible Answer Guy." Noah and his father's views about God, the Bible, church and homosexuality are very different. Noah has never even met a gay person until he meets Will Reed, a gay teen living in the foster care system.

When Will is murdered soon after Noah ditches him due to his uncomfortableness with Will be gay, Noah feels guilty and decides to investigate. All of the murdered gay teens are out of the foster care system where they are missed less and are therefore, "the less-dead."  When he finds out that there are Bible scriptures left near the murdered gay teens bodies, Noah wonders if the murderer is a follower of his fathers homophobic talk show. Can Noah figure out who the real murderer is before someone else dies?

This book is filled with mystery and will keep you coming back for more! Not only was it a great book but it does a good job of revealing the misconceptions that some people have about homosexuality. I really enjoyed reading this mystery and I hope more people will read it even if they are uncomfortable with the topic. Hopefully it will give them a look at the other side of story and help them to become more open-minded.

Review by Jinny, 8th grade


SariJ said...

Very nice review! I enjoyed your writing style. Keep up the writing, you are very good at getting your point across.