Title Profile & Character Information

The Way He Lived

Annotation

"It’s a testament to Smith’s skills that although her central character speaks only through other people’s recollections, his identity emerges distinctly by the end of the novel."

-Publishers Weekly, starred review

Winner of the 2009 Utah Book Award (young adult category)

Sometimes being true to yourself means sacrificing everything...

Joel Espen could never be who he really was in the small town of Haven. Still, there was always something different about him. Sixteen years old. Green eyes that could see right into your heart. A selfless need to save people. Even the way he died reflected the way he lived: helping others. But how are you supposed to just go on living like normal after suddenly losing your brother . . . your best friend . . . your first love?

As the six teens who were closest to Joel try to find the meaning behind his death, they begin to realize that tragedy can sometimes set you free-by revealing who you truly are.



Characters
NameEspen, Joel
GenderMale

GenreYoung adult fiction
TopicsHomosexuality
Death
Mormons
Tragedy
Accidents
Emotions
Teenage boys
SettingHaven, Utah