Snow Day by Gary V. Powell
Mr. Gary V. Powell, I have never heard of you until today but I will read all of your stories now. This story tells the tale of a high school student, his eight year old brother, and the day they skipped school. The older brother, also the narrator, heads to his friend's house but has to take the younger brother along so little brother won't rat him out. At the friend's house, little bro watches war movies (he loves war) in the mother's room while older bro and friend have girls over, take drugs, and try to get some action from the girls. There is a twist at the end but I don't want to ruin it.
Story: 10 of 10
The dialog is perfect. The actions that the kids undertake are realistic. These three boys are people I feel like I grew up with so Powell's characterizations are awesome. The day he writes about feels like it has been lived about a million times in one way or another but not really put on paper that often. It was a great read that took me back a bunch of years.
Teachability: 0 of 10
Too much inappropriate material in here for school. It's a shame because kids would really love this story. They might love it because of the masturbation, potential blow jobs, drug use, drunken parents, and sexual fantasies about a friend's mother, but they'd probably also like it for the quality writing and story telling too.