Lean on Pete

Lean on Pete

A Novel

Book - 2010
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"[Vlautin] unearths a world Steinbeck would have recognised...where the American underclass still resides. Lean On Pete is an archetypal American novel, Huck Finn for the crystal-meth generation."
--Independent Extra

Author Willy Vlautin--"a major realist talent"(Seattle Post Intelligencer) who is often compared to Raymond Carver, John Steinbeck, and Denis Johnson--returns with Lean on Pete, the story of a 15-year old boy struggling to make his way to a long lost aunt, who just might give him a home. In the words of author Mark Billingham, "Vlautin is a truly original voice.... [and] one of the best writers in America," and "Lean on Pete is powerful, heartbreaking stuff."

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, c2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780061456534
Characteristics: 277, 16 p. : maps ; 21 cm


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BostonPL_AnnaD Oct 07, 2014

Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin
Read by: Anna Draves/Copley Teen Room
Originally posted to the Teen Blog on 3/3/2012.

This book was fantastic! Sparsely written, yet emotional at the same time, it tells the story of fifteen year old Charley who’s been abandoned by everyone he knows, except his aunt who lives several states away. After his father dies, leaving him homeless, he steals a horse from his boss, and begins the trek across the wilderness to find his aunt and a home he can truly belong to. I can’t say enough about this book. I would especially recommend it to boys who might be reluctant readers. It’s easy to read, and yet, there’s so much that comes across without the author having to write it down. An adult book with high teen appeal, I highly recommend it!!!

multcolib_susannel May 25, 2014

This story is told in a realistic straightforward way- not holding back- good or bad- letting us into the mind of a 15 year old boy whose best memories are when he was 11 years old and living with his aunt. Can he find her again and if he does will she still care about him?


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