Escape Velocity | We The Animals by Justin Torres
Title: We The Animals
By: Justin Torres
Release Date: August 30th, 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Summary from Goodreads: An exquisite, blistering debut novel.
Three brothers tear their way through childhood — smashing tomatoes all over each other, building kites from trash, hiding out when their parents do battle, tiptoeing around the house as their mother sleeps off her graveyard shift. Paps and Ma are from Brooklyn — he’s Puerto Rican, she’s white — and their love is a serious, dangerous thing that makes and unmakes a family many times.
Life in this family is fierce and absorbing, full of chaos and heartbreak and the euphoria of belonging completely to one another. From the intense familial unity felt by a child to the profound alienation he endures as he begins to see the world, this beautiful novel reinvents the coming-of-age story in a way that is sly and punch-in-the-stomach powerful.
Written in magical language with unforgettable images, this is a stunning exploration of the viscerally charged landscape of growing up, how deeply we are formed by our earliest bonds, and how we are ultimately propelled at escape velocity toward our futures.
Review: This story was wonderful. Its amazing what the author had to go through as a child, but he managed to come away from it with a unique view on life. He digs deep into the love of his family and the wonder of brotherhood. I loved the struggles and the pain. How the author overcame them. This book shows that family is all you need.