Tales of Nash
Seventeen-year-old Nash spent months using drugs and failing classes in school, so when summer arrived, his mother sent him to live with his grandfather whose home is far away from the city. At first Nash hated his new surroundings as he had no friends, no Internet, and no cell phone service and his grandfather made him work hard in the garden and around the homestead. But Nash quickly learned to appreciate the good things in life and developed a strong bond with his grandfather. So, when Nash woke up early one morning and found his grandfather dead and still bleeding from a head wound, he called 911 and was shocked when he was arrested for the crime. Worthington uses two styles of alternating chapters, ‘now’ and ‘then,’ to tell Nash’s story leading up the death of his grandfather. This back and forth method provides readers with the necessary backstory of Nash’s childhood that helps one understand why he might be guilty of the crime. Although some of the ‘then’ chapters are a bit lengthy and include details that aren't needed to move the story forward, the technique is still effective. However, the ending is a little weak and feels somewhat rushed as Worthington wraps up the legal case against Nash and unveils the person guilty of the crime.
Troubled teens might connect with Nash and his attitudes toward drugs and family while enjoying the unraveling of a crime story.
Author: Ann Worthington
Genre: coming of age fiction
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