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The Mission
ISBN: 9781416984559
Author: Myers, Jason
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: December 2009
Retail: $9.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: An eye-opening story of self-discovery amidst the darkest and brightest areas of San Francisco from the author of "Exit Here."
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Brothers; Death; Fiction.
Cousins; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2010000214
Lexile Measure: 720
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 10-12
Grade level: 10-12
Physical Information: 1.00" H x 100.00" L x 5.00" W
Bargain Category: Social Issues, High School
Grade level(s): 10th, 12th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
An eye-opening story of self-discovery amidst the darkest and brightest areas of San Francisco from the author of "Exit Here."
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2009 December #2)

Fifteen-year-old Kaden's beloved older brother is killed in Iraq; his dying wish is for Kaden to see Chuck Palahniuk read in San Francisco. Kaden travels there from Iowa to stay with his wild 30-something cousin James. Immediately, Kaden is willingly drawn into a world of apathy, drugs, and outrageousness ("I'm already in complete awe of the city. All this beauty in one single dump pad. All this coolness. This radical debauchery.... Getting wasted all day. Listening to records in rooms with beautiful girls"). James spends most of his time neglecting Kaden, cheating on his gorgeous girlfriend, Caralie (whom Kaden falls for), and getting wasted himself, resulting in Kaden's navigating the city and its inhabitants alone. But when family truths surface, Kaden is forced into adulthood (getting beat up, trying coke, and repeatedly cheating on his girlfriend back in Iowa contribute, too). As explicit and visceral as Myers's Exit Here, if not as hopeless, this intense coming-of-age novel illuminates some of the pain surrounding death and loss of innocence, but personal revelations mostly fade amid the story's grittier details. Ages 14–up. (Jan.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 January)

Gr 10 Up—Kaden, 15, gets a letter from his older brother and best friend, mailed after he was killed in Iraq. Kenny urges Kaden to "go see what…is out there," so Kaden leaves his parents and girlfriend behind in rural Iowa and spends a wild and life-changing week in San Francisco with his cousin James, a successful author. Kaden is fascinated by the hedonistic lives of James and his friends, but disgusted by the selfishness and shallowness of their relationships. He's especially disturbed by James's unrepentant infidelity to his girlfriend, for whom he develops feelings. As Kaden immerses himself in their bohemian lifestyle and learns some shocking secrets about his own family, he comes to respect the unconventional life James and his friends have made for themselves. This engrossing and thought-provoking coming-of-age story follows Kaden as he discovers the complex motivations behind relationships and is forced to reflect on and take responsibility for his own actions. Set in lovingly depicted neighborhoods of San Francisco amid a cast of richly drawn characters, the novel pursues with subtlety and nuance its themes of relationships and responsibility. Narrated in the fusion of West Coast and hip-hop slang and raw language spoken by most of the characters, Kaden's account is frank and contains graphic depictions of violence, sex, and drug use. Music is an important element in the story, with characters frequently discussing and listening to hip-hop, punk, and metal.—Erin Carrillo, formerly at Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL

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