I have to start this by saying that Dusty is the best big brother! I really enjoyed reading this book. The love Dusty had for his two younger siblings gave me so much respect for him. Though his life got tough and unwanted changes happened, he stayed as strong as he could for them. Even when he made a bad decision (slightly out of greed), it was because he loved them and wanted to be their supporter. He didn’t want to share his siblings. He met a few great people along his journey and learned to accept help.
Now, about the book, I have to say that you can tell a teacher wrote it because you get a bit of interesting history in it and, because I’m a major geek, I researched it further. I love when a book can teach me something. However, in a few places the history lesson came in at odd times. I felt they were a bit of a filler and didn’t like that a ton, but it is important to know that this did not take anything away from the story itself.
The reason I write this good review but only give it 3 marbles is because I didn’t care for the ending of the book. I felt like there could have been a bit more to the ending. I really wanted to know what happened with the boys, and how Emmitt’s mom took the news of him being gay. I felt that once the drama died down, the author rushed through the ending. I hope I get a second book so I can find out what becomes of them. Don't let that stop you from reading it. It's good and a worthy read. ~Timmy
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About Here's to You Zeb Pike
Fact: When Zebulon Pike attempted to climb what is now known as Pikes Peak, he got stuck in waist-deep snow and had to turn back.
That's the last thing Dusty Porter learns in his Colorado history class before appendicitis ruins his life. It isn't long before social services figures out that Dusty's parents are more myth than reality, and he and his siblings are shipped off to live in Vermont with an uncle and aunt they've never met.
Dusty's new life is a struggle. His brother and sister don't seem to need him anymore, and he can't stand his aunt and uncle. At school, one hockey player develops a personal vendetta against him, while Emmitt, another hockey player, is making it hard for Dusty to keep pretending he's straight. Problem is, he's pretty sure Emmitt’s not gay. Then, just when Dusty thinks things can't get any worse, his mother reappears, looking for a second chance to be a part of his life.
Somehow Zebulon Pike still got the mountain named after him, so Dusty's determined to persevere—but at what point in life do you keep climbing, and when do you give up and turn back?