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Buddy Boyle lives year round with his family in unfashionable Seaville New York in a cramped little house on the bay Skye Pennington spends the summers nearby on lavish estate complete with ocean view and a butler named Pea. Gentlehands would have been so much better if it was actually about Gentlehands and not about Buddy Buddy was boring Skye got on my nerves Everything annoyed me And they had this whole HOLY SHIT thing going and then just basically ruined The ending unfolded in like five minutes It pisses me offffff I want the book over again from a different perspective In fact get rid of Buddy Skye all together They re boring and nobody cares I want to hear about grandpa the Italian cousin Oh and the raccoon We ll briefly discuss him

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Cock But Skye and Buddy fall in love anyway And every once in a while they visit Buddy's estranged grandfather who makes them forget they're from opposite sides of town Then a reporter appears searching for a man known as G. Oh boy The thing I find truly useful about this book is its exploration of the heavy themes of the Holocaust without being a Holocaust book Written at a time 1978 when one s grandfather could have been a Nazi strongman in a concentration camp the story doesn t center on the terrible things Buddy s grandfather might have done instead the focus is on Buddy trying to find his way as a blue collared townie in love with a super rich girl outside of Montauk New York Without spoiling I ll ask Can humans change Is redemption possible Are there crimes so godawfully heinous that they cannot be forgiven This book shows its age only because tape decks polyester and Barbra Streisand are no longer de rigeur otherwise the eternal themes of love loss and betrayal are poignantly rendered in this early offering from a master of teen literature

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Entlehands a man with a horrifying past Who is Gentlehands And what is his connection to Buddy's handsome aristocratic grandfather The mystery threatens to shatter Buddy and Skye's relationship and change their lives foreve. I really enjoyed this book There s so much happening that it s hard to classify the story On the outside it looks like a teen romance novel that explores class differences It also talks about drug and alcohol use Antisemitism and family communication issues A mom who won t forgive her father for not being a part of her life and chooses to ignore him now Bringing us to the eccentric grandfather who turns out to be a Nazi war criminal known as GentlehandsThe story is told from Buddy s point of view and I enjoyed how that led us thru his discoveries and emotions When we meet Gentlehands he truly is a gentle person We re left to decide for ourselves if his actions today should erase his actions during the war


10 thoughts on “Gentlehands

  1. says:

    Gentlehands would have been so much better if it was actually about Gentlehands and not about Buddy Buddy was boring Skye got on my nerves Everything annoyed me And they had this whole HOLY SHIT thing going and then just basically ruined The ending unfolded in like five minutes It pisses me offffff I want the book over again from

  2. says:

    I first read this in 8th grade English class probably around April or May of 1992 About 3 or 4 years ago I remembered it and scoped it out online Being poor it went on my to get list on and stayed there until last week wh

  3. says:

    4 stars for thematic elements 3 for the execution thereofCan a person be redeemed of past actions by present good deeds? Are there some events or actions that are simply unforgivable? The protagonist and we the readers are left to d

  4. says:

    This novel begins like a typical teenage love story “Buddy” William Raymond Boyle is a 16 year old boy from a lower middle class family living in a small village near Montauk Long Island NY where his father is the local policeman Buddy works part time in a soda shop for a pot head named Kick Richards where

  5. says:

    This book started out as a poor town boy meets rich summer girl story There was a bit of class tension but nothing really serious Then it took a turn Someone accuses Buddy's grandfather who he only recently met of having been a guard at Auschwitz in WWII Buddy doesn't want to believe it and he has to try to stand up for him against the res

  6. says:

    Oh boy The thing I find truly useful about this book is its exploration of the heavy themes of the Holocaust without being a Holocaust

  7. says:

    Classic poor boyrich girl love story not a romance meets coming of age tale with an undercurrent of history In 1970s Long Island blue collar Buddy falls in love with the decidedly upper crust Skye Pennington which leads to clashes with his class conscious parents and sends him searching for his mysterious German

  8. says:

    I really enjoyed this book There's so much happening that it's hard to classify the story On the outside it looks like a teen romance novel that explores class differences It also talks about drug and alcohol use Antisemitism and family communication issues A mom who won't forgive her father for not being a part of her life and chooses to i

  9. says:

    I read this book as a child and it always stuck with me Thanks to google I was able to find out what the book was I remembered reading about a boy who’s grandfather was accused of being an SS officer Reading this book now as an adult it is filled with so many lessons and is much bigger than a boy getting to

  10. says:

    I know my colleagues are sick of this one but the kids still LOVE it It does seem dated but unfortunately there is always something in the news to which we can relate it And I'm a fan of anything that gets kids to

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