Boys of the Beast by Monica Zepeda
Hi, my name is Felix. I am 11 years old and I like to play sports (soccer, basketball, swimming and skiing). My favorite flavor of ice cream is cookie dough. I like to read fantasy, realistic fiction, and sci-fi.
Boys of the Beast is an amazing book for many reasons but what really stood out to me is that it takes three cousins who are different in so many ways and brings them together. Oscar is suffering from mental health issues because his dad died in a school shooting. Ethan has come out to his parents as gay but hasn’t told them that he has an online boyfriend. Matt has parents who him to go to a Christian school and become a doctor even though he wants to go to film school at UCLA. Though brought together by the unfortunate event of their grandmother’s death, this leads to something positive when Matt inherits her car and they all decide to go on a road trip to Albuquerque.
The cousins decide to take a detour through Berkeley and LA so that Ethan can meat his boyfriend and Matt can see the UCLA campus. These adventures help them discover more about themselves and each other. Their car breaks down outside of Phoenix which means they have to stay at Oscar’s house. Here Oscar has to deal with his family’s sad past. Luckily he has the support of his cousins and their newfound friendship to help him can face this painful moment.
I found this book an amazing experience to read because I really felt the characters needs and hopes. I really liked how it felt like I became the characters. I will leave it to you to read the book to find out why it’s called Boys of the Beast.