St Michael s Scales First time author Neil Connelly s deft and insightful novel about year old Keegan Flannery s search for life described by one reader as a male version of Laurie Halse Anderson s Speak Keegan Flann

  • Title: St. Michael's Scales
  • Author: Neil Connelly
  • ISBN: 9780439194457
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Hardcover
  • First time author Neil Connelly s deft and insightful novel about 15 year old Keegan Flannery s search for life, described by one reader as a male version of Laurie Halse Anderson s Speak Keegan Flannery was born a twin though his brother Michael did not survive birth Now, two weeks before Keegan s sixteenth birthday, he has a dream about his own death Understanding thaFirst time author Neil Connelly s deft and insightful novel about 15 year old Keegan Flannery s search for life, described by one reader as a male version of Laurie Halse Anderson s Speak Keegan Flannery was born a twin though his brother Michael did not survive birth Now, two weeks before Keegan s sixteenth birthday, he has a dream about his own death Understanding that Michael was supposed to have lived, and it was he who was meant to have died, Keegan sets out to right all the wrongs by planning his own suicide.But in the final weeks before his 16th birthday and his last day on earth, life intercedes in the plan Keegan joins the wrestling team and a dialogue between him and his father begins And it may just be enough to change Keegan s ideas about confession, penance, and the gift of being alive.

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    1. Wow! This story impressed me more than I thought it would at first. When I first started reading it, I couldn't decide if I liked it. Yes, it was a guy book, and I was a little turned off by the fact that (in my opinion) the writer didn't have the best writing style in the world But I tried to not let that part about it bother me. So I stuck on with it, and I really began to feel connected to the story. I love that Keegan expresses his emotions in this book. It seems to me that in a guy book, th [...]

    2. This is one of my favorite books. I love the writing and the references. Everything continually draws you into the story. In my opinion, everybody that reads English well should read this book. Following Keegan on his journey, learning about him from his memories and his experiences, is all extremely interesting.This book would make a great movie, but I'm afraid they'd mess up the book (by changing important parts) if they made it into a movie.

    3. For a book where the kids go to a school all about god and confessing there sins, there is a whole lot of deaths and suicides. This book is told through the perspective of a teenage boy named keegen, who blames himself for the death of his twin brother Michael. His home life isn't great either he thinks his father blames him for what happened to his mother, so they don't talk much and his father is a heavy drinker. When his older brothers do come home from college to visit, they aren't the older [...]

    4. Summary of the book: In the fiction book St Michaels Scales byNeil Connelly the main character Keegan mostly goes through an internal conflict and 1st of them is when Keegan’s brother dies the 2nd one is when he loses his first wrestling match and the 3rd is when Keegan steals from a corner store.You’re likes about the book: • I like that there’s kind of an adventure in the book • I like that the main characters has flashbacks• And I like that the main character is an athleteYou’re [...]

    5. It’s too bad modern authors, like modern directors, have to throw in a few gratuitous sexual references. This novel would be great to give reluctant readers who like wrestling. The plot: a boy who feels guilt about his twin’s death at birth and his mother’s subsequent mental illness has hallucinations during which his twin directs him. He feels he must expiate his guilt by committing suicide. He is inveigled into joining the wrestling team. Through wrestling and through association with ot [...]

    6. Keegan is the youngest son in a Catholic family with three older boyshe was a twin, whose twin, Michael, died soon after birth. His mom is in a nursing home, his brothers have escaped, and now it's just Keegan and a father with too many sadnesses. Keegan decides that he somehow killed his twin and must atone before his 16th birthday. This book chronicles the week before that day. Keegan is so lonely, so alone. His memories and his sense of guilt weigh on him every day, every hour. He's got no on [...]

    7. St. Michael's Scales, by Neil Connelly. This book deals with Keegan Flannery. Who believes he killed his brother while in his mother's womb. Although that is clearly not what happened since he mentions his brother still being alive after birth.Keagan is suicidal. So much even, that he even mentions throwing himself into a boiler to blow up the school! Funny how I know a few youths who read this trash in school for English.It's literary value is almost nothing. It should be cast aside to make way [...]

    8. An engaging look at the life of a young man who is struggling with the loss of several family members, whose guilt finally leads him to a plan that he thinks will set things right. This avoids many of the cliches that pop up during books about young teens and high school. The boy's father and coach are very well drawn, not typical of this genre either. Though my own father was a wrestling coach, I've never been much of a fan of the sport, but the use of it here was very well done and I enjoyed t [...]

    9. This book is a great book to read if you understand the sport of wrestling. Also, if you want to be kind of confused; read this book. This book is confusing at points but you just have to keep reading and see what happens.

    10. This book was very slow and never got very interesting until the end. In about the last 1/4 of the book is when everything happened and the ending was very surprising.

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