From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes the stunning and emotional story of a young soldier s unthinkable act and the bonds of a sister and brother s love.Ruth and her little brother, Aubrey, are just teenagers when their older brother ships off to Iraq When Joseph returns, uninjured, only three and a half months later, Ruth is happy he is safe but also deeplyFrom the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes the stunning and emotional story of a young soldier s unthinkable act and the bonds of a sister and brother s love.Ruth and her little brother, Aubrey, are just teenagers when their older brother ships off to Iraq When Joseph returns, uninjured, only three and a half months later, Ruth is happy he is safe but also deeply worried How can it be that her courageous big brother has been dishonorably discharged for refusing to go out on duty Aubrey can t believe that his hero doesn t have very good reasons.Yet as the horrifying details of the incident emerge, Joseph disappears In their attempts to find him, Ruth and Aubrey discover he has a past far darker than either of them could imagine But even as they learn about their brother, important questions remain unanswered why did he betray his unit, his country, and now his family Joseph s refusal to speak ignites a fire in young Aubrey that results in a disastrous, and public, act of rebellion.The impact of Joseph s fateful decision one night in Baghdad will echo for years to come, with his siblings caught between their love for him and the media s engulfing frenzy of judgment Will their family ever make their way back to each other and find a way to forgive
Ask Him Why From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes the stunning and emotional story of a young soldier s unthinkable act and the bonds of a sister and brother s love Ruth and her little brother Aubr
I have enjoyed many books by Catherine Ryan Hyde Pay it Forward was the first and was a favorite and from there I went on to read many Other favorites are Take Me With You and Walk Me Home I was really looking forward to reading Ask Him Why.In 2003 when Ruth s older brother, Joseph returns from Iraq well before he s due to come home She is happy he s home and safe but very confused about the reason why he s back so soon Her younger brother, Aubrey is also confused but positive that Joseph must [...]
But everybody s saying Joseph s a betrayer who got two guys killed Things will be better when we get to Aunt Sheila s for the summer , I said Why will they be better Because even if there s a reporter or two calling, most people who live around there won t know who we are Whether or not things get better when Ruth and Aubrey, visit their Aunt, trying to escape their friends at school, bullying, Internet comments, newspaper articles, their parents fighting, and their entire community , since thei [...]
This was my first book by Catherine Ryan Hyde and it won t be my last I ordered Take Me with You just this morning as it was the book of the day on one of those sites I receive in my daily e mail I was only halfway through this book and I knew I wanted to read of her work.This book was so good I don t think that my review can even begin to let you imagine how good it was It was so emotional and such a heart felt story I felt myself asking the characters all the way through the book the title of [...]
Walk Me Home Pay It Forward
Ask Him Why is a powerful story about the consequences of rushing to judgement and condemning someone without first trying to understand what their action and asking, Why Here s the link to my full review for New York Journal of Books, nyjournalofbooks book
It s interesting how distant some families are, how it can takes years to get to the truth of any event, story Some find their real family mother father figure are not blood and such is the case in this novel You do not ask questions, Ruth and Aubrey know this but when their brother Joseph comes home after only 3 months is Iraq, and it isn t because he s injured through a heroic act, they are hungry to figure out what has happened He comes home a coward, or so the siblings slowly learn through o [...]
I loved this book so very much, I think it s one of my all time favorites This is my first book by this author but definitely not my last I m going to go look for another by her right now
Ask Him Why is a very complex and emotionally taxing book about the price of war on both those fighting it and those close to them It s also a very real examination of the nature of the press and how it can tear people apart.The story is split between the events of a soldier returning from war to his family, including two younger siblings, after being dishonorably discharged and a period of reflection on the past that takes place a decade later I won t spoil the reasons for the discharge, but th [...]
3.5 s Ask Him Why is the story of two teenagers, Ruth and Aubrey whose older brother Joseph is dishonorably discharged from the military during the Iraq war It deals with how Ruth and Aubrey handle the stigma put on their family very differently Much of the story is when they are teenagers and then the later part is when they are adults I listened to the audio version and did enjoy the narration This is a family drama featuring a dysfunctional family There is not a lot of action, just feelings I [...]
Thanks to Cyber Monday for talking me into taking a chance on a book I would never have noticed otherwise Ask Him Why is way literary than my typical YA Dystopian fare Waaaaay different All dialogue and emotional rumination, but it held my attention captive obviously since I purchased it on Cyber Monday, started it on Tuesday, and am already finished with it.One of my most recent blog posts expressed some of the thoughts that ran through my head after hearing the synopsis of Me Before You The i [...]
When I began this book I didn t realize she is the author ofPay It Forwardwhich has a message I didn t really like the book So I decided to give this writer another try.This book is about a family who deals with scandal in diffetent ways Most of the story is either Ruth or Aubery s perspective on the downfall of their brother He goes off to war in the Middle East but three short months later he is back home It takes most of the book to find out WHY he did what he did By the time we find out what [...]
This is not a bad book, I just could not find myself relating or connecting with all of the characters in this book Or maybe I did connect in some way as I could not stand most of them I really only found Aubrey, Aunt Sheila, and Joseph to be interesting The rest of the family I had no interest in In fact, I found Aubrey, Ruth, and Joseph s mother to really piss me off Any time she made an appearance in the story, I would cringe and after a while, I would quickly flip past her parts Which I have [...]
thanks net galley for the early preview of this book I usually love the stories by this author THis one was a good tale of devotion, family But the reasons and secrets are what they are
I have yet to read a book by Catherine Ryan Hyde that I didn t love This was no exception.
michellebookends I was fifteen when our brother Joseph was shipped overseas to fight, and I was fifteen when he came home, uninjured, three and a half months later Yeah, I know what you re thinking The army doesn t tend to have deployments that last only three and a half months That was the heart of our problem right there From the bestselling author of Pay it Forward comes a tale of family dysfunction and the love between siblings that bond them together, even when there are things tearing them [...]
Irony, surprises, unexpected turns Life is full of these individuals and families go through them, some than others To hurdle these obstacles, it is important to keep the lines of communication open The Stellkellners did not know how to communicate they only knew to be silent It was a destructive silence It took years, a decade even, to break that silence, and things started to turn out well when it did.On the contrary, Hamish MacCallum knew how to keep silent when it s called for He listens, h [...]
I am a longtime fan of Catherine Ryan Hyde Although this novel started out slowly than others I ve read, it was equally satisfying This is the story of a dysfunctional family blown apart and the very different journeys they take to come back together ten years later It offers helpful insights on the human need to be seen, and effective ways to deal with the big obstacles in our lives But it s not preachy it s an honest portrait of difficult but enduring sibling affection I would like to add tha [...]
I was given an ARC of Ask Him Why from NetGalley for an honest review and this is my review.For some reason this book did not grab me as emotionally as other books by this author have in the past and it left me with a flat emotionless feeling after reading it I am not sure if it was the topic of avoiding orders during the war or how the story was presented but I had zero connection with the two main characters who were telling the story from their perspective and I really just wanted the book to [...]
Not many books make me cry This one did Beautifully written and told.
A special thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.You can always expect a moving, emotional, thought provoking, and wise message from Catherine Ryan Hyde woven through the eloquent words of her powerful, unforgettable novels With ASK HIM WHY,there is much than good storytelling, and a powerful message A novel you want to dissect A flawed broken family Daughter, Ruth Duck , Younger son, Aubrey Mr Universe , and older son, Joseph Brad and Janet [...]
I confess that Catherine Ryan Hyde, along Fredrick Bachman, is my go to feel good author Her books invariably involve a child adult relationship where an important life lesson is imparted And generally she does a pretty good job But this story is my least favorite Ruth and Aubrey s older brother, while serving in Baghdad makes a decision which results in the death of a couple of fellow soldiers There is fallout for the family including coerced estrangement between the siblings And the parents ar [...]
I enjoyed the wisdom and perspective brought into the story by the old man I found his lessons valuable I thought the whole war angle was a bit reaching Absolutely hated the parents This is probably best a YA fiction.
Engrossing read It kept my interest on a long flight even though there s not much action in the book The end was predictable and a little trite but all in all a great read
Rating 3.5 starsI ll never look at breakfast the same way This story offered an interesting study in family dynamics and being able to see outside yourself Lots of feels
Interesting family dynamics, and while this was a good read, the storyline seems a bit contrived I would recommend this book and would rate it a solid 3.5 if that were an option.
Breakfast is always the best mealA wonderful story of judging others, ourselves situations There is not always someone to blame for situations things in life just happen Often the best way to handle them is it stop, sit down talk to someone Things look manageable when we get them out of our heads.
Who doesn t love the old man This was a good story and a look into a dysfunctional family that you can relate to I love that Joe takes over for Hammish.
I ve read several books by this author and I love how she always finds a way to make us think about situations and people from a completely different perspective This story really made me think about the reality of what our soldiers go through when they are deployed From our perspective it seems so cut and dry You go, follow orders, kill the enemy and return home with a sense of pride that you ve done your part to keep your country safe But, in reality it is much complicated It s not so easy to [...]
I almost gave up reading this book because I couldn t get into the beginning The two main characters are 13 and 15 so I knew that there was going to be some self centered moments The thing I wasn t expecting was for all the characters to have them Everyone was moody and it was rather off putting that everyone in the immediate family all wanted to wallow in self pity Whenever someone positive entered, like the Hispanic maid, they were taken away and never heard from or bright up again.Another thi [...]