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    An endearing story of two brothers.

    Rating: 3.5 stars rounded up. Brotherly love stories are a weakness of mine, and Tom Mendicino did a fairly good job painting the stories of Frankie and Michael's journey through life. The prologue starts in medias res. The rest of the story is split into three parts, with the first two parts spelling out the life of these brothers from boyhood to adulthood, with the third part continuing where the story left off in the beginning. What I didn't enjoy about The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter was how long it seemed to drag in part 2. While I understand the brothers had lives to live apart from one another, it felt like much of these moments could have been shortened or left out to create a tighter story. I started to actually skim many of Michael's scenes as it seemed to get very political at some point, which is not something that holds my interest very well. However, Frankie's life seemed more emotionally charged than his brotherly counterpart and I found myself hurting for the cards dealt to him. On a more technical note, I bought my ebook from Kobo and there were very annoying formatting issues. The biggest issue being that there was no distinction made when the POV switches between the brothers, or of time jumps. One paragraph could be from Frankie's POV, and the next paragraph could be Michael's POV three weeks later. There was no double spacing between paragraphs to show this type of jumping around, and it made for some back pedaling to realign myself. But issues aside, part three did a good job in reeling things back together. There aren't many stories out there that showcases the ties of family forged by the type of love these brothers share. It definitely checked off all the right boxes for what makes a great brotherly love story. That on top of the author's great writing made for a very enjoyable read.

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