What About Will

What About Will

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkin's comes a new heartbreakingly tender middle grade novel-in-verse about the bonds between two brothers and the love they share.

Twelve-year-old Trace Reynolds has always looked up to his brother, mostly because Will, who's five years older, has never looked down on him. It was Will who taught Trace to ride a bike, would watch sports on TV with him, and cheer him on at little league. But when Will was knocked out cold during a football game, resulting in a brain injury--everything changed. Now, sixteen months later, their family is still living under the weight of the incident, that left Will with a facial tic, depression, and an anger he cannot always control, culminating in their parents' divorce. Afraid of further fracturing his family, Trace begins to cover for Will who, struggling with addiction to pain medication, becomes someone Trace doesn't recognize. But when the brother he loves so much becomes more and more withdrawn, and escalates to stealing money and ditching school, Trace realizes some secrets cannot be kept if we ever hope to heal.

Title:What About Will
ISBN:9780593108642
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    What About Will Reviews

  • Gary Anderson

    Trace is a good kid and the central voice in What About Will (Putnam, 2021), the new novel in verse for middle-grade readers from Ellen Hopkins. Trace has good instincts and a solid moral code, but he...

  • Jessica White

    Ellen Hopkins writing middle grade novels makes my heart so happy. Like most of her books, What About Will was written in verse. This writing style makes it so easy to fly through her books, which is ...

  • Mika

    *2.5Too many sexist comments for my liking. Even if it was a young boy narrating....

  • Patti Sabik

    Being a fan of Ellen Hopkins for some time now, I'm so very happy she is finally writing for the middle school audience. As a parent, I was thrilled when my own daughter coveted every book she read by...

  • Eileen Mackintosh

    There are a couple of reasons why this was a one day read for me. One is the verse writing style and the other reason is the quality story. It is intended for readers aged 10 and up. I am a huge dista...

  • Raven ?

    it started a tad bit slow, but then it picked up fast. I felt a lot of emotions reading this. the main two being sad and frustrated. the topic(s) in this book were sad..so that put me in a sad mood ki...

  • Alexis

    Oh. My. Goodness. I could not put down this book in verse. The emotions were so raw and powerful throughout this entire book, but it wasn’t draining. This is an important book to show what kids go t...

  • Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusTrace's brother Will is five years older than he is. He was a football player until he was involved in a bad tackle that left him with a facial nerve injury, anger mana...

  • Heaven F.

    We need a book 2, haha. This was a fantastic read! I was not expecting to like it so much. I typically don't read non-Tim Shoemaker 400 pages books within 2 days, but I had a hard time putting "What A...

  • Joy Kirr

    Quick read. And the sense of urgency the entire time (for me) was palpable. Trace’s older brother Will is a lot like lots of teens these days… only Trace sees that no, he’s NOT “just being a t...