The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen Susin Nielsen
  • Title: The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
  • Author: Susin Nielsen
  • ISBN: 9781770493728
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen Susin Nielsen The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen Darker than her previous novels Susin peoples this novel about the ultimate cost of bullying with a cast of fabulous characters dark humour and a lovable difficult protagonist struggling to come t
    Darker than her previous novels, Susin peoples this novel about the ultimate cost of bullying with a cast of fabulous characters, dark humour, and a lovable, difficult protagonist struggling to come to terms with the horrible crime his brother has committed.
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    About Susin Nielsen


    1. Susin got her start feeding cast and crew on the popular television series, Degrassi Junior High They hated her food, but they saw a spark in her writing Nielsen went on to pen sixteen episodes of the hit TV show Since then, Nielsen has written for over 20 Canadian TV series Her first young adult novel, Word Nerd, was published in 2008 to critical acclaim It won multiple Young Readers Choice Awards, as did her second novel, Dear George Clooney Please Marry My Mom Her third novel, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen, was published in August 2012 It went on to win the Governor General s Literary Award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, the Canadian Library Association s Children s Book of the Year Award, and a number of Young Readers Choice Awards Author Wally Lamb named it his top YA pick for 2012 in his First Annual Wally Awards, and recently Rolling Stone magazine put it at 27 in their list of Top 40 Best YA Novels Her books have been translated into multiple languages Susin s new novel, We Are All Made of Molecules, will be published in Canada, the US and the UK in Spring of 2015 She lives in Vancouver with her family and two naughty cats She is delighted to have finally figure out how to claim her author profile on


    989 Comments


    1. I loved every page of this book It really brings back memories of books like Adrian Mole and Go Ask Alice, but instead of being written from the perspective of some patronizing psychology professor, this book is written as though a real teenager wrote it, and its darkly comedic, sometimes lyrical and somber prose is very effective.

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    2. I don t know how she does it.The she of course refers to Nielsen, author of Word Nerd, Dear George Clooney Please Marry My Mom, and now The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen Three consecutively published middle grade YA novels I have loved, each one beautifully written, with diverse narrators dealing with consequential subject matters The Reluctant Journal a departure of sorts for Nielsen It is, without a doubt, darker and uncomfortable than her previous works The novel deals with among other [...]

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    3. Great book which will create empathy in a reader on themes of bullying, family breakdown, suicide, grief and then moving on with your life Story is written from Henry s journal which his psychiatrist has encouraged him to write as therapy, Henry is a wrestling fan which some teens will identify with Sounds depressing but it has very funny moments and it is believable A fantastic read for secondary students, not just for boys.

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    4. Henry is my favourite Nielsen protagonist yet He manages to be sweet and vulnerable without being cloying or un relatable Sometimes I worry that male readers don t gravitate towards sensitive male narrators, but that won t be an issue here Henry is too specific to be an everykid thank goodness , but Nielsen has given him lots of traits and worries and interests that will endear him to a wide range of readers.His grieving process is handled carefully Henry has moments of anger, fear, regret, and [...]

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    5. I thought Henry K Larsen was one of the most engaging characters I d met recently He is a thinker, a keeper of secrets, a homelife that is challenging and a deeply troubled soul But for all his troubles, he has a sense of humour, a taste for WWE and a tendency to gather unusual friends Farley, who befriends Henry at his new school despite Henry s best efforts, is just gorgeous I loved the way the big underlying secret was revealed one tiny detail at a time Henry s journal is a joy and a delight [...]

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    6. So much to say about this book Will write it all up in the next day or two.A day or two has come and gone I have not stopped thinking about this book, and how I wanted to put into words how much I loved it.Honestly, in my own ignorance, I have never really thought much about the families of the shooter, when I hear of these things on the news I have felt for the shooter in some cases, but never really thought about their families Always the victims families But they are victims also, aren t they [...]

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    7. Henry K Larsen s therapist has suggested that he write down his thoughts and feelings Like any teenage boy, Henry does so reluctantly Hence the title.There are three things I especially like about this book 1 Suspense The author uses progressive revelation, doing out little by little what is at the heart of Henry s troubles His whole life has changed because of IT, and we read to find out what IT is If you read the book jacket, you find out it has something to do with his older brother picking u [...]

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    8. Gosh Tough read, even with all the humour and affection Well written with terrific pacing and reveals Henry is a great narrator coz I couldn t find a way to say person who journals , no matter how reluctant he is.

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    9. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen is a dark yet hilarious novel about 13 year old Henry who is still trying to come to terms with the death of his brother Jesse and the awful thing that Jesse did This book addresses topics like suicide, grief, depression, mental health and bullying I loved how this book managed to be so funny while talking about such dark topics This is mainly due to Henry, the main character Henry is bitter and angry, a sarcastic and stubborn kid who at first, refuses to [...]

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    10. In short The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen by Susin Nielsen was a wholly enjoyable read with a very important message.What a lovely, quick read this was I m not really sure what I had been expecting of The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen perhaps just a nice and moral story about bullying but I had no idea of the depth of the subject matter, nor that I would end up enjoying it so much Susin Nielsen manages to create a perfect balance of serious and poignant subject matter and cute and w [...]

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    11. I got this book free from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.This is an excellent depiction of a boy and his family family, ripped apart at the seams by violence and tragedy, and how they begin to stitch themselves back together again The protagonist, 13 year old Henry, began his diary at the request of his therapist Although reluctant to write at first hence the title , Henry came to depend on his journal as a confidant to help him deal with his pain and grief The characterization of this boy and the [...]

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    12. J ai lu Journal d un d gonfl mais c est tout, je n avais aucun int r t pour tous les autres Journal de sur pages lign es orn es de petits dessins faits la main J ai quand m me voulu lire celui l parce que j avais ador Word Nerd et que j avais beaucoup appr ci Dear George Clooney Please Marry My Mom de la m me auteure Et je n ai pas t d ue Bien que le roman soit crit sous forme de journal et que l humour soit tr s pr sent, c est une histoire tragique et triste, v cue par un gar on ordinaire, qui [...]

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    13. Wow Just wow The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen was nothing like what I was expecting The book description was something along the lines of Susin peoples this novel about the ultimate cost of bullying with a cast of fabulous characters, dark humour, and a lovable, difficult protagonist struggling to come to terms with the horrible crime his brother has committed Okay I can deal with some dark humor Especially when I look at the cover Doesn t it look light hearted I was expecting something l [...]

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    14. I would never know about this book if it wasn t for sale last year end in one online bookstore One blind buy that turns out to be one of my best buys.This is a story about Henry whose life seems to ruin after his brother Jesse shot his bully and commited suicide afterwards Written in a form of a journal, it is both heart wrenching and heart warming Henry s writing is cynical and raw and funny that it makes us feel broken and guilty knowing how society could be so cruel and life could be so hard [...]

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    15. Henry K Larsen is possibly the cutest character evah Something terrible has happened to his family and now they are broken as a unit and as individuals Henry s counsellor suggests he keep a journal as he struggles to come to terms with his life as it is now Henry does, but reluctantly Henry has such a genuine voice, he is honest and sometimes hilarious in his observations I found myself rooting for him right from the beginning, and even when he did some very cruel things I just wanted to give hi [...]

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    16. Livre pris au hasard et quelle belle surprise Karine, me semble qu il te plairait.After the stupid characters of The Rumor, how great it was to have such complex and realistic ones Et quelle histoire touchante J imaginais mes b b s qui un jour seront grands et devront peut tre vivre des situations semblables et a me touchait Susin Nielsen a r ussi donner une vraie voix aux ados I ll definitely read her other books

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    17. I enjoyed The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen Henry is suffering after the incident I won t say too much for fear of spoiling it for others but it really shows the impact events have on the wider family group and how people deal with the fallout It also has a lot to say about the impact of bullying again not just on the individual but also on the wider family I really liked Henry and very much enjoyed his story.

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    18. Wow, I honestly don t have the words right now for how much love I have for this book.

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    19. Un excellent roman jeunesse qui regroupe tout ce que j aime dans le genre Derri re l humour de son jeune h ros Henry, Susin Nielsen aborde un v nement tr s douloureux qui a marqu toute la famille Sans en dire plus, il est question de reconstruction, d amiti , d entraide et des jolies rencontres qui se mettent sur votre chemin naturellement Une tr s belle d couverte

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    20. This turned out to be remarkably well done I think it could pass as a YA book or an adult book from a younger protagonist s perspective It s certainly engaging, and vivid It had strong sense of compassion that was addictive and hard to ignore.

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    21. Susin Nielson yet again astounds her fans with her new novel about the harrowing journey a young teenager has to undergo after disaster hits him and his family When Henry s older brother Jesse commits a terrible crime, and then takes his own life, Henry s family is thrown into depression His mother is sent off to a mental institute, and his father falls into bankruptcy The life Henry once knew is shattered into a million pieces Now, as Henry tries to pick up the broken pieces, history threatens [...]

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    22. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen is a wonderful book Once I started reading it I really did find it hard to put down As may be deduced from the title, the book is the story of Henry K Larsen written in the style of a personal journal The reluctance to write the journal is revealed in the story, but it would spoil it to give it away here.The story is set mainly in British Columbia, with a little bit of Ontario thrown in I have never read the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books so I m not sure how t [...]

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    23. Once again, I am utterly charmed by Nielsen s voice and how her characters are so completely themselves This one deals with a much serious and topical subject than Word Nerd did bullying, and its most horrifying aftermath Our protagonist s brother, after enduring years of abuse some of which is described in graphic, disturbing detail , does the well, it s not the unthinkable any I wish so hard it were unthinkable, but these kinds of incidents happen and keep happening, which makes this book poi [...]

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    24. After completely falling in love with Susin Nielsen s Dear George Clooney Please Marry My Mom a couple of years ago, I couldn t contain my excitement when I got my hands on her new novel I wasn t too sure what to make of the rather obscure book cover at first, but the premise immediately reeled me in and I couldn t tear my eyes away from its compelling pages The cover really does make much sense once you begin reading the novel, tying into aspects about Henry s life really wellIn the wake of a [...]

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    25. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen is a great read for high schoolers although adults may enjoy it as well I am twenty one and thoroughly enjoyed reading it The issues the book focuses on are bullying, suicide, family problems, and the aftermath of death which are issues that unfortunately many people in today s society can relate to in one way or another I enjoyed reading about Henry s inner and outer struggles as he attempts to move past the death of his brother and the struggles that his [...]

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    26. I bought this book recently and, having nothing to do today, I picked it up to read a couple pages and I was hooked Right from the lead I wanted to know By 11 o clock tonight, I had finished all 243 pages and I knew I had to write a review The book is about a boy named Henry, who lives with his father in an apartment that they moved into after his brother died and his mother was admitted to a psych ward I definitely was not expecting the book to have as much of a dark theme as it did, but I lov [...]

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    27. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen by Susin NielsenDecember 20163,5 5If you want a tip on what to ask for a secret Santa gift, unless you want to get tasteless grocery store chocolate, ask for the person s favourite book My friend Chlo shout out gifted me this novel after saying that it was the first book that made her cry, and after finishing it in one sitting, I can totally understand why I didn t cry, but as a kid who was bullied nothing close to the things in this book it hit a sensible [...]

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    28. simple words deep story

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    29. Henry s life was far from perfect before his brother Jesse took their father s gun to school and shot his classmate the one who had been bullying him and then killed himself, but the aftermath is much, much worse After IT happened, Henry and his father had to move to Vancouver for a fresh start Henry s mom had a nervous breakdown and was hospitalized, Henry s dad started taking anti depressants, and Henry began seeing Cecil the therapist who gave him this notebook the one you re reading and sugg [...]

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    30. I love a novel that lingers I read a lot as a job hazard, which often means once I finally close the cover on a book I generally leave it behind and mentally move on to the next title on my list But some books won t let me move on right away, as the characters keep calling to me and my mind keeps replaying their stories This is one of those books.I nearly gave this five stars due to my emotional engagement and the tangible nature of the characters, but in some ways it was almost too perfect the [...]

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