Gentlemen by Michael Northrop

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Micheal (it says so on his birth certificate) has a pretty good idea where his future is going to look like when he starts sophomore year, straight to the work force after graduation, and that’s fine for Micheal, Mixer, Bones and Tommy. Until Tommy disappears, Mr. Haberman decides to teach them Crime and Punishment, and Bones decides it’s all tied together with what was in the barrel in English class.

Northrop uses learning about Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment as a backdrop for this fast paced novel that forces the reader to consider why are your friends your friends, how far would you go, and how much of your preconceived ideas influence how you react. If you have read Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan you will definitely see the influence coming through, although this is a more modernized version. Just a warning, there is a graphic scene, so this book might be best for older teens and up.

Available through the Bridges Library System

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