From Amazon: Micheal, Tommy, Mixer, and Bones aren't just from the wrong side of the tracks--they're from the wrong side of everything. Except for Mr. Haberman, their remedial English teacher, no one at their high school takes them seriously. Haberman calls them "gentlemen," but everyone else ignores them--or, in Bones's case, is dead afraid of them. When one of their group goes missing, the clues all seem to point in one direction: to Mr. Haberman.
As soon as I saw the cover for Gentlemen, I had to buy it. Can you get much more intriguing than a boy in a body bag?
All the reviews have called this book gritty, and that's exactly what it is. It's a realistic portrayal of high school life and teenage boys, and the stereotyping that happens behind every classroom door.
Never once does this book sugarcoat what goes on in a teenage boy's mind, and that's one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much. The narration from Micheal is as honest as you're going to get, and is both funny and saddening at the same time.
Bones, Tommy, Mixer and Micheal are all underachievers and 'hard cases', boys who aren't expected to attend university and are thought by some to be a waste of space. They've pretty much known each other forever (with the exception of Tommy), and look out for each other at all costs. Their friendship is something to envy, as they're loyal and supportive, and more close-knit than they like to think they are.
Things get complicated when Tommy goes missing, and all fingers point to their English teacher, Mr. Haberman. With the aid of English assigment Crime and Punishment, imaginations run wild and the group come dangerously close to ruining a lot more lives than their own.
Gentlemen is a brilliant depiction of teen life, as well as the consequences of rumours and assumptions. It's shocking at times, and really makes you think about how labelling someone can affect them more than you realise. Maybe reading this book will change someone's view of a classmate or fellow student, or maybe it will just give you an insight into how quickly things can spiral out of control. Either way, Gentlemen's eye-catching cover is just the start of the story that awaits you.