We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra


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We Contain Multitudes

We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra
English | 2019 |Young Adult | ePUB | 3.1 Mb

We Contain Multitudes:Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe meets I’ll Give You the Sun in an exhilarating and emotional novel about the growing relationship between two teen boys, told through the letters they write to one another.

Jonathan Hopkirk and Adam “Kurl” Kurlansky are partnered in English class, writing letters to one another in a weekly pen pal assignment. With each letter, the two begin to develop a friendship that eventually grows into love. But with homophobia, bullying, and devastating family secrets, Jonathan and Kurl struggle to overcome their conflicts and hold onto their relationship…and each other.

This rare and special novel celebrates love and life with engaging characters and stunning language, making it perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson, Nina LaCour, and David Levithan.

“So there’s this dog walker who walks his dogs past my bus stop in the morning. He has a skin graft stitched down over a missing eye and a sideways scar from his nose to his ear area. The ear is also missing. It’s a combat injury for sure. He’s about the same age as my brother but I haven’t asked. I mean what if they knew each other over there but hated each other? What if this guy is upset because Mark didn’t get hurt nearly as bad as him? You never know with veterans.

What made me think of this dog-walking veteran after reading your letter is that he attracts comments from people. People see that he isn’t paying attention. That he’s talking to himself or whatever. I’m not saying you do that, but he’s got that aura I was talking about. He’s in that bubble. So people say things to each other about him, for kicks. You can see them laughing at him. I don’t know. It’s not respectful considering his sacrifice but that’s how people are.

From what I can tell the basic difference between suicide bombers and US military personnel is that the suicide bombers would prefer to die and the US soldiers would prefer not to. Now that the US troops are mostly drawn down, the Taliban is focusing on political and civilian targets. You can make yourself a list of Taliban strategies just by reading the news. An example of a Taliban strategy is: Drive a car bomb into a loaded bus. This just happened recently in Kabul.

Another Taliban strategy: Enter an elementary school in Logar and open fire. That’s the province where Mark was deployed, at least at the start. I don’t know where they sent him after the first year.”

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