The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson


The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley
Title : The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley
Author :
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ISBN : 1481403109
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 297

Andrew Brawley was supposed to die that night His parents did, and so did his sister, but he survived.Now he lives in the hospital He serves food in the cafeteria, he hangs out with the nurses, and he sleeps in a forgotten supply closet Drew blends in to near invisibility, hiding from his past, his guilt, and those who are trying to find him.Then one night Rusty is wheeled into the ER, burned on half his body by hateful classmates His agony calls out to Drew like a beacon, pulling them both together through all their pain and grief In Rusty, Drew sees hope, happiness, and a future for both of them A future outside the hospital, and away from their pasts.But Drew knows that life is never that simple Death roams the hospital, searching for Drew, and now Rusty Drew lost his family, but he refuses to lose Rusty, too, so he s determined to make things right He s determined to bargain, and to settle his debts once and for all.But Death is not easily placated, and Drew s life will have to get worse before there is any chance for things to get better A partly graphic novel.


The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley Reviews


  • Shaun Hutchinson

    The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley is a very personal book for me It s unlike both The Deathday Letter and FML, though it shares with them my love of creating makeshift families for my narrator from secondary characters I m not going to lie or try to sugarcoat it The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley is the darkest book I ve ever written, probably the darkest I ll ever write But it s not about darkness It s about finding your way out of the dark.I m immensely proud of the comic book inside the b The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley is a very personal book for me It s unlike both The Deathday Letter and FML, though it shares with them my love of creating makeshift families for my narrator from secondary characters I m not going to lie or try to sugarcoat it The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley is the darkest book I ve ever written, probably the darkest I ll ever write But it s not about darkness It s about finding your way out of the dark.I m immensely proud of the comic book inside the book The artist, Christine Larsen, who took my script and turned it into art, is a bloody genius She took the pictures out of my head and made them real.I hope you love reading The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley as much as I loved writing it But it s okay if you hate it and hate me a little too The best compliment I ever got on this book was from a friend who, after reading half, threw it at me and told me she hated me I still don t think she s forgiven me, and I love her for that.Drew s story is a journey, and not an easy one, and I just want to thank everyone brave enough to take it with him and with me

  • Kai

    If death can cry, maybe we all have a chance for redemption 3,5 5If you plan on reading this, you should buy a box of tissues first.I m not really sure what to think about it and how to put my feelings into words I liked the characters, every single one of them was great.Some parts of this book broke my heart, while other very emotional parts did not make me feel anything at all Often the rawness of the words shocked me completely Other times they felt melodramatic.The ending did not surp If death can cry, maybe we all have a chance for redemption 3,5 5If you plan on reading this, you should buy a box of tissues first.I m not really sure what to think about it and how to put my feelings into words I liked the characters, every single one of them was great.Some parts of this book broke my heart, while other very emotional parts did not make me feel anything at all Often the rawness of the words shocked me completely Other times they felt melodramatic.The ending did not surprise me I wouldn t say it s predictable, but I expected the outcome of Lexi s and Trevor s story Sometimes Drew annoyed me big time, especially his talks about Death Miss Michelle or his self pity.I m still not sure what to think of the comic episodes Do I like them Did they fit in this novel Did they not And the ending felt a bit rushed view spoiler and a little too happy hide spoiler.Anyway, huge compliment to the author This is a wonderful novel.Find of my books on Instagram

  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

    After giving it some a lot of thought, I decided to go with a 3.5 stars, but it s an average than anything else.Oh, dear, this is a tough one to review, and I m not sure I m up for it I m really not Just thinking about a rating make me want to hug myself and call it a day.What you need to know is this Although I didn t love everything in Drew s story, Shaun David Hutchinson is still quickly becoming one of my favorite authors There s just something in his writing that gives him the ab After giving it some a lot of thought, I decided to go with a 3.5 stars, but it s an average than anything else.Oh, dear, this is a tough one to review, and I m not sure I m up for it I m really not Just thinking about a rating make me want to hug myself and call it a day.What you need to know is this Although I didn t love everything in Drew s story, Shaun David Hutchinson is still quickly becoming one of my favorite authors There s just something in his writing that gives him the ability to break my heart in one sentence Beautiful, unexpected, brilliant As for We Are the Ants WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DIDN T READ IT GASP , I can t deny the inner weirdness of The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley and yes, the fact that the entire premise is unbelievable , but it s full of this strangeness that calls to some hidden part of myself that I m not willing to let go The one that drove me to read everything Boris Vian ever wrote, even though my teenage self honestly didn t understand everything I m not sure I would now, really I m not sure anyone could, actually The one that thought that Nadja was fascinating for a bunch of reasons I forgot now The one that spent hours writing pseudo surrealist poems without never being aware that the appeal lay in the ease of it Ever since I ve started studying literature in College and then reviewing books, my analytic mind slowly seized control of my reading experience and if most of the time I love it, there s nothing liberating than leaving it there to rust for a little while Even now, when I only want to savor the raw feelings and the thoughtful mood The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley awoke in me, I can sense the gears rotating, my mind is spinning, and I feel the urge to write about the uneven pacing, the disbelief lurking, the too quick loving, when I know I KNOW that it never spoiled my reading experience but in the contrary, contributed to make The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley so fucking much interesting to me.Perhaps I should rate it 5 stars solely on the fact that I was able to read an entire book set in an hospital, which is unheard from me I don t like hospitals, I don t want to hear about hospitals, doctors, nurses or emergency workers I admire them for their work, but I can t feel guilty over what I feel Had I read the blurb and known where the story took place, I wouldn t have bought it Such a shame really One note about Drew though Anyone who has already spend some time in a hospital knows that indeed it s pretty easy to hide in plain light maybe not in intensive care, though, but I already stated that the story wasn t believable I don t care This review is all over the place already, so I thought I d point that at least Seriously, though I will never forget Drew s pain, Trevor s smile, Lexie s wig, Jo s rought temper, Arnold s drawings there is a joke here somewhere , Death s relentlessness I saw that some readers were mad because of her, and I can understand why, but I never felt as if it was meant as an insult for view spoiler social workers whom I respect grandly hide spoiler This is only Drew s delusion, and I took it as it is and Rusty s burning eyes They re part of me now, with all their imperfections and hopes When I close my eyes, I see them walking, going forward, forward, forward Flawed as The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley may be, it stays unique and that s not something many books manage to be My analytic mind might give it a 2 for reality sake among other peeves view spoiler the ending was a little too good to be true IMO hide spoiler but my heart loves it fiercely all the same Do with it what you please For of my reviews, please visit

  • Gökçe

    4,5Kitapla ilgili s yleyece im ilk ey, karakterlerin ve onlar n bize yans tt duygular n ok ger ek i oldu u Hi biri g l de il Olaylar kar s nda verdikleri tepkiler, hissettikleri duygular, kurduklar c mleler o kadar i ten ki Onlarla birlikte h z nlendim, g l msedim, umutla doldum, k zd m Bu da kitab elimden b rakamamam sa lad.Genel olarak yazar n dilini be endim E lenceli, okurken sizi yormayan bir slubu var ki bu da kitab n su gibi ak p gitmesini sa l yor Karakterleri okuyuncu 4,5Kitapla ilgili s yleyece im ilk ey, karakterlerin ve onlar n bize yans tt duygular n ok ger ek i oldu u Hi biri g l de il Olaylar kar s nda verdikleri tepkiler, hissettikleri duygular, kurduklar c mleler o kadar i ten ki Onlarla birlikte h z nlendim, g l msedim, umutla doldum, k zd m Bu da kitab elimden b rakamamam sa lad.Genel olarak yazar n dilini be endim E lenceli, okurken sizi yormayan bir slubu var ki bu da kitab n su gibi ak p gitmesini sa l yor Karakterleri okuyuncunun g z nde y celtmek yerine, onlar n zay f yanlar n , yanl tercihlerini g zler n ne sererek asl nda onlara kar daha da ok sempati beslememe sebep oldu Ayr ca kitaptaki izgi roman b l mlerinin kurguyla paralel olarak gitmesi de ok ama ok ho uma gitti.Kitap nas l biticek diye ok tela lanm t m Asl nda yazar n h zl ve sa ma bir son yapmas ndan korkuyordum ama kapa kapatt mda sonundan olduk a memnundum K sacas okurken olduk a keyif ald m, m kemmel karakterlere sahip, g zel bir kitapt

  • Eren Nadir Akşamoğlu

    Al b t n y ld zlar m senin olsun adam

  • Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)

    Ahh Shaun David Hutchinson sure knows how to hit you in the guts and stir it all around. Ahh my heart. I really love his writing sighs There is something about his writing that draws you in and keeps you from breaking your heart all over again I am a fan girl for his writing This is only the second book I ve read from him and he just knows how to hit you right here points to heart Not only is there a lovely uplifting story here but there s also a graphic novel in between I thought it wa Ahh Shaun David Hutchinson sure knows how to hit you in the guts and stir it all around. Ahh my heart. I really love his writing sighs There is something about his writing that draws you in and keeps you from breaking your heart all over again I am a fan girl for his writing This is only the second book I ve read from him and he just knows how to hit you right here points to heart Not only is there a lovely uplifting story here but there s also a graphic novel in between I thought it was a little too violent for my liking but aren t graphic novels like that I did think it was important to the story though because we the reader gets to see how Andrew is dealing with the death of his family Andrew Brawley who is this wonderful complex character that is going through the most tramatic moment of his seventeen years Stuck in a hospital, he passes time by working in the hospital cafeteria, hanging out with his best friends Lexie and Trevor, and sleeping in a closet trying to escape the social worker who he deems Death I pretty much loved all the characters, from the nurses, to the priest to Rusty and Andrew, Hutchinson knows how to deliver well developed and emotionally realistic characters to the book audience There is the sweet romance from Rusty and Andrew which I felt was a little too sudden but okay they re teens and hormones go awry at that age I loved how they each saw hope in one another that in these little pockets of hope did they find solace in one another Then there was the cute romance between his best friends I love how Andrew could see them care about each other so well, and that the two were clueless or were too afraid All ending in a bittersweet date that he organized to help them.There were moments of sorrow and I couldn t fathom the relentless way these characters were beating themselves up It we just so sad, and I grew angry at times So hard to be sick when you re young and you have your whole life ahead of you Shaun David Hutchinson s writing will keep you glued to the pages and I will for sure find his backlist titles and devour them as well If you haven t added this author to your list, you need to claps RATING 4 5QUOTESYou d rather be ready for something you may not even get to attend than something that s here now 35 She s got worlds inside her, and being sick is just holding her back She s going to beat it, dude She s gonna beat it and grow back her hair and laugh at that fucking wig one day She s gonna get out from behind these walls and crack the goddamn world wide open 76 What if you don t kill yourself What if you just stop wanting to live 120 In order for a hero to be a true hero, he s got to have something worth living for He s got to love something 121 Being punished doesn t mean you should miss out on being loved 203 Stop punishing yourself for living and start living 238 Life goes on with or without you, and that s just the reality of it You never move on, you just keep moving forward 261 I wanted to feel on the outside the way I felt on the inside 272

  • ✨    jamieson   ✨

    me, reading a shaun david hutchinson book and not getting massively fucked up Ok, I don t love any of his books as much as We Are the Ants, and tbh this is probably my least favourite of his BUT I dont say that in a negative way because his not best is still fucking great But theres been so much writing improvement from this book to his newer ones holy shit But honestly I still really liked this And omg the epilogue fjghfjgdk bless upAnyway full review to come

  • Ezgi Tülü

    Birka g nd r Andrew Brawley nin S rad Hikayesi ni nas l yorumlayaca m d n yorum nk Andrew un hikayesi bence ger ekten de s rad Kitaptan biraz bahsetmek gerekirse, Andrew Brawley bir hastanede ya yor, ya ad hastanenin kafeteryas nda al yor ve ayn zamanda ana karakterinin ad n Hasta F koydu u bir izgi roman zerinde al yor G nlerden bir g n hastaneye, gitti i bir partideki gen ler taraf ndan ate e verilen bir ocuk geliyor ve kitab m z burada ba l yor.Bana bu kitab me Birka g nd r Andrew Brawley nin S rad Hikayesi ni nas l yorumlayaca m d n yorum nk Andrew un hikayesi bence ger ekten de s rad Kitaptan biraz bahsetmek gerekirse, Andrew Brawley bir hastanede ya yor, ya ad hastanenin kafeteryas nda al yor ve ayn zamanda ana karakterinin ad n Hasta F koydu u bir izgi roman zerinde al yor G nlerden bir g n hastaneye, gitti i bir partideki gen ler taraf ndan ate e verilen bir ocuk geliyor ve kitab m z burada ba l yor.Bana bu kitab merak ettiren birka unsur vard Eren in yorumu Andrew yla tan n G r p g rebilece iniz en kibar, en cana yak n ve e er yapabilecek olsa t m d nyay kurtarmak i in kendi hayat ndan vazge ebilecek kadar muhte em bir karakter Ke ke hepimiz d nyaya onun g z nden bakabilsek Belki o zaman, en b y k mutluluklar n asl nda k c k eylerde sakl oldu unu g rebilirdik Andrew un izdi i izgiromandan sayfalar n kitapta olmas Kitab n LGBT temal olmas.Kitab okurken, ister istemez kendimi s rekli Andrew karakterini analiz etmeye al rken buldum bir yandan onu tan maya al yor, bir yandan da Eren in yorumunda anlatt Andrew u g rmeye al yordum yani Fakat, z lerek s ylemeliyim ki, benim bu karakterde g rd klerimle Eren inkiler pek uyu mad san r m Ha, evet, Andrew cana yak n ve kibar bir karakter ama benim i in n planda olan zellikleri bu de ildi.Arkada lar Lexi ve Trevor i in yapt eyleri okurken i im s nd ve kendimi g l mserken buldum, onlar i in bunca zahmete katlanmas ve onlar n mutlulu u i in bu kadar abalamas ok ho uma gitti Ama Andrew hep kendisini d ar da tutma abas ndayd ve bu benim rahats z etti Kitaptan de il, karakterin i inde oldu u psikolojiden rahats z olum Su luluk onu yiyip bitiriyordu ve kendisine hi dikkat etmeyip s rekli evresindekilerle ilgileniyordu.Rusty nin oldu u sahneler ger ekten harikayd Onunla olan ileti iminin geli imi, kitaplara pek s cak bakmasa bile sadece Rusty le vakit ge irmek i in ona kitap okumas , onu anlamas ve onu Azrail den korumay istemesi Her eyiyle ben bu ikiliyi olduk a sevimli buldum LoveIsLove demek istiyorum.Andrew un g l ve g s z yanlar n okumak, onu ve d nyas n tan mak, insanlarla aras na koydu u mesafeyi ve Hastane nin d ndaki d nyay ne derece tekile tirdi ini g rmek ger ekten ilgin bir yolculuktu Bu kitapta kimse m kemmel de il ve herkesin korkular , endi eleri, istekleri, hatalar , hayalleri var imdi diyeceksiniz, Ezgi madem bu kadar be endin, neden 5 de il de 4 diye ve ben de diyece im ki, Bilmiyorum Ama ger ekten bilmiyorum Kitab ger ekten ok be endim ama okurken bir eyler eksik gibiydi Birka g nd r zerinde d nsem de ad n koyam yorum

  • Kat

    Chaos is an excuse for people who don t have the patience to see the patterns It s the type of book that is so well written it ll make you all types of emotions and you ll probably cry a lot so get your tissues ready I absolutely enjoyed the writing and I liked pretty much all characters that were involved Besides Lexi s mom She sucked.I feel like the ending wasn t a huge surprise and it felt slightly rushed but that s just a small minus They also could ve explained why Drew kept calling Chaos is an excuse for people who don t have the patience to see the patterns It s the type of book that is so well written it ll make you all types of emotions and you ll probably cry a lot so get your tissues ready I absolutely enjoyed the writing and I liked pretty much all characters that were involved Besides Lexi s mom She sucked.I feel like the ending wasn t a huge surprise and it felt slightly rushed but that s just a small minus They also could ve explained why Drew kept calling Michelle Death and why he kept freaking out whenever she was around These were two things that slightly bothered me and made me give the book 4 instead of 5 stars.Lexi and Trevors ending was pretty predictable too view spoiler I thought Trevor would end up dying but still, I saw their unhappy ending coming hide spoiler I didn t care too much about Drew and Rusty relationship while reading this novel to be all honest I cared far about each of them as character and how both of them slowly developed Don t get me wrong their romance is absolutely well written and they re a pretty good match What I liked the most is definitely the fact that the other characters were just as important For example the guy who always borrowed Drew the books and ended up reading them to Rusty once Drew couldn t come along for a while I always love it when a novel involves the side characters just as much as the main characters and Hutchinson did a great job doing so.I am definitely going to pick of his books up in the near future and I am happy that I got around to read this one

  • Vladimir

    Odmah na po etku, ovo nije sretna knjiga U njoj e te uglavnom itati o smrti, zlosatvljanju, vr nja kom nasilju, krivici, samoka njavanju, pa onda opet o smrti i tako u krug.I sam pisac je rekao da je ovo najmra nija knjiga koju je ikada napisao i da ne veruje da e ikada ponovo napisati ne to ovako te ko.I sad ono naj udnijeU ivao sam u njoj celim svojim bi em.Ovo je bila jedna od najemotivnijih pri a koju sam pro itao u proteklih godinu dana.Pi ev stil pisanja je tako bogat, dubok, detalj Odmah na po etku, ovo nije sretna knjiga U njoj e te uglavnom itati o smrti, zlosatvljanju, vr nja kom nasilju, krivici, samoka njavanju, pa onda opet o smrti i tako u krug.I sam pisac je rekao da je ovo najmra nija knjiga koju je ikada napisao i da ne veruje da e ikada ponovo napisati ne to ovako te ko.I sad ono naj udnijeU ivao sam u njoj celim svojim bi em.Ovo je bila jedna od najemotivnijih pri a koju sam pro itao u proteklih godinu dana.Pi ev stil pisanja je tako bogat, dubok, detaljan da me je skoro na svakoj stranici ostavio bez teksta.Njegov na in da iska e emocije svojih likova i u e u njihovu su tinu doveo je do toga, da ja, kao italac, svaku bol ili radost bilo kog lika osetim kao deo sebe.Paralelno sa romanom ide i strip koji se nadovezuje na samu pri u i prakti no nam upotpunjuje sliku svega onoga to se glavnom junaku de ava u glavi Zanimljiv eksperiment koji je bio pun pogodak Knjiga definitivno nije za svakoga ali ako se odlu ite na itanje dobi ete jedan zaista odli an roman koji uveliko iska e iz okvira YA knji evnosti.Vide ete da tuga, krivica, vera, prijateljstvo, ljubav nisu jednodimenzionalne kategorije ve ine jedno jedinstvo koje mo e pomo i da se iza e iz tame koja nas okru uje.Od mene ista petica