In the Path of Falling Objects by Andrew Smith
This book reminds me a a geode rock. It sounds like a simple enough story on the outside: two brothers on a road trip run into a psychopath and his girlfriend while trying to meet up with their brother after his tour in Vietnam. But once you begin chipping away at the surface (reading), you will find a deep and poignant story about brothers, family, the effects of war on a young soldier, and a disturbing suspense tale that will keep you reading long after midnight. The book starts off with a gruesome murder, and readers know what they are in for during the next 300 pages.
The story is told in alternating points of view, with many of the chapters beginning with the older brother Matt’s letters from the war front in Vietnam. His increasing disillusionment with the war and his situation is an interesting counterbalance to the life and death situation the younger brothers find themselves in. I loved this and Andrew Smith in general. He is a smart writer who is not afraid to show that even young men have emotions, fears and doubts. I recommend this to all YA readers looking for something a little bit different that will encourage you to look at your own siblings in different ways.