Bad Houses

Bad Houses

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"Teenagers Anne and Lewis cross paths and together refuse to succumb to the fate of the older generation as they discover the secrets of their hometown and their own families"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781595829931
1595829938
Branch Call Number: ygn RYAN 2013
Characteristics: 153 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: McNeil, Carla Speed - Illustrator

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Set in the fictional town of Failin, Oregon this is the story of two young people who are trying to find themselves and love in a dying town that is stuck in the past.

"Teenagers Anne and Lewis cross paths and together refuse to succumb to the fate of the older generation as they discover the secrets of their hometown and their own families." (Publisher)

"Teenagers Anne and Lewis cross paths and together refuse to succumb to the fate of the older generation as they discover the secrets of their hometown and their own families." [Publisher]

Failin was once a thriving logging community. Now the town’s businesses are crumbling, its citizens bitter and disaffected. Anne and Lewis refuse to succumb to the fate of the older generation as they discover—together—the secrets of their hometown and their own families.

Lives intersect in the most unexpected ways when teenagers Anne and Lewis cross paths at an estate sale in sleepy Failin, Oregon.


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wildct2003
May 01, 2017

Engrossing character studies.

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mercuriouslyyy
Jul 07, 2016

As soon as I read the description for "Bad Houses", I knew I had to read it! The themes surrounding life in a small, struggling timber town resonate strongly with my personal experiences. I love how they explore what parts of ourselves remain in the things we leave behind. These are the kinds of questions that I enjoy puzzling over. The illustrations are fantastic, too!

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skyekilaen
May 17, 2016

Families can be so complicated! Especially if you live with them. Lewis even works with his mother, double trouble. Bad Houses centers around him and Anne, whose mother is a hoarder, and what happens after their chance meeting at one of Lewis’s mother’s estate sales. Various backstories and characters’ current issues are revealed piece by piece until all the interconnections are laid out.

McNeil’s drawing style really gives the characters energy and humanity even when they’re behaving awfully. For a little bitty town, there are a lot of secrets here. Lewis and Anne’s budding romance is effective because it’s so real – not perfect, but there’s such a strong “click” with them. Loved this book!

stewaroby Jan 21, 2014

A truly outstanding graphic novel, not just for inveterate thrift shoppers and those who worry about hoarding. Sharp observations, intelligent dialogue, great drawings and a lovely story.

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