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Ur enemiesBut even unwritten rules are made for breakingFight Clubs first loves an. really enjoyed this one and it made me cry Romeo was a good character and i jumped on board with his story from the beginning

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Bro By Helen Chebatte

D family ties are pushed to their limit in Helen Chebatte’s explosive debut nove. Bro is Helen Chebatte s debut novel Set in Western Sydney the story revolves around Romeo Makhlouf a sixteen year old boy attending a Christian boys high school He lives with his dad and grandmother His mother died of cancer five years ago and since then his father s moods have been up and down creating a tense relationship between them When he s challenged by an Aussie boy at school their fight sets off a train of events that leads to disasterThe main focus of Bro is identity and what that means to different people in this case teenage boys and their families Romeo s father is Lebanese his mother was Australian and Romeo was born here He struggles throughout the book to understand who he really is His friendship group at school have pride in being Lebanese but he s often reminded of his mother s nationality and the fact that he was born here and takes part in Aussie ways of living as well as Lebanese There s a strong emphasis on family and respect and his best friend Diz is like a brother than a mateRomeo describes the four main groups of boys at his school including his group the Lebanese the Islanders the Asians and the Aussies Each have their own areas and ways they interact with each other They have unwritten codes of how they are to deal with issues with fights and how things should be done It was easy to feel for Romeo who doesn t want to be pressured into fighting by his peer group but feels like he has to conformThe ending is sad yet hopeful and the resolution between Romeo and his father was mirrored in his interactions with boys at school Bro is an excellent novel highlighting issues schools are facing It is a great read for high school students as well as teachers and parentsThank you to Hardie Grant Egmont for my review copy

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Romeo knows the rulesStick with your own kind Don’t dob on your mates or even yo. 45 StarsIn the nineties when I was a teen the Northern suburbs of Melbourne were a diverse and cultural blend where your street may have resembled members of the United Nations I attended a same sex school much as the same as the connecting school of Saint Adele College and Christian Boys where the storyline takes place Bro could have been my teen experience It could have been the same stereotypical cultural groups that continued the trend of segregation If you were an Aussie meaning Caucasian Anglo Saxon you were friends with other Caucasian Anglo Saxon teens the same if you were Maori Asian and Lebanese as seen in Bro My high school had a large Lebanese community and we experienced the same segregation and even being a girls college there were physical fights and weapons used Back then we didn t uestion why that s how it worked You stayed within your own group and it took a strong individual to stray from their own group and befriend others It didn t happen oftenAnyone reading Bro that sees the issue of the us verses them mentality as being unrealistic has never lived in working class and diverse suburbs It even happens as adults We may not involve ourselves in physical conflict but even our close social circles tend to be formed from the same basis Like attracts like and I find that incredibly sad that as Australians we still find ourselves drawn to the same friendships with those who share our cultural beliefs and backgrounds rather than expanding our circles In Bro Romeo finds himself torn He was born in Australia to a Lebanese father an Caucasian Anglo Saxon Australian mother but lives what he sees as the Lebanese culture Even as he identifies as being Australian society still sees him as being Lebanese due to his heritage and the colour of his skinApart from the islander teens or Fresh Off the Boat as they re known the basis of Bro is Australian teen boys and those with a Lebanese background facing off in bouts of physical violence A Fight Club is established where boys are pitted against one another for sport or entertainment It s barbaric but realistic Less than a week ago in Melbourne this happened Teen violence is alive and thriving and the police aren t listening nor are these mostly young men heeding the warning from authorities Bro drives home the message of how we can t all grow up being raised in ivory towers We share different cultural beliefs socioeconomic backgrounds skin colour language sex race ability and the cycle never endsBut through tragedy Bro breaks the cycle of violence and rivalry and although the solution to violence in our communities isn t that simple it does highlight the need for change in our attitudes and mentalityBro is such an important read not only for teens but for Australians to understand the issue of teen violence within society and to discuss at a national level Bro should be part of our schools curriculum in every school library and addressed within youth groups nationwide As Australians we need to openly discuss not only violence but diversity our religious and cultural differences grief gender roles and the role they play in our history But importantly how we can change and educate ourselves and Bro is a brilliantly written insight into diverse teen life of our suburbshttpwwwdivabooknerdcom201603b


10 thoughts on “Bro By Helen Chebatte

  1. says:

    45 StarsIn the nineties when I was a teen the Northern suburbs of Melbourne were a diverse and cultural blend where your street may have resembled members of the United Nations I attended a same sex school much

  2. says:

    Written in a language teens will relate to Bro delves into Australian identity and what that means to many different peopleAttending a generic Christian boys high school our main character Romeo finds himself having to fight to defend his Lebanese heritage in a school divided into four distinct groups Fobs fresh off the boat mainly islanders Lebs Lebanese Rez Asians and OzziesBut what makes you a Leb when if you as in

  3. says:

    A straightforward contemporary novel of different racial groups colliding in the school yard resulting in a fight club and unexpected tragedies Chebatte nails the jargon associated with South EuropeanMiddle Eastern males if in Melbourne 'muzzas' might be a good word to use Bro speaks at a level intended for easy consumption

  4. says:

    A gritty read with themes as diverse as identity loss and the power of peer pressure This is a fairly slim volume with lots of dialogue and a familiar setting so I'll be recommending this to reluctant readers who reuire a t

  5. says:

    really enjoyed this one and it made me cry Romeo was a good character and i jumped on board with his story from the beginning

  6. says:

    A very important take on the racial hostilities between high school boys in Australia Bro looks into the life of Romeo a half Australian half Lebanese year 10 boy who just wants to get through school and get the girl But gossip is a nasty part of the high school experience and before he knows it Romeo is in the spotlight caught in a war aga

  7. says:

    I hope we don't have to wait long for Helen Chebatte's next novel To echo Trisha she's fresh OZ YA talent to watch Her use of a school boy fight club as her underlying plot enables her to skilfully interweave a number of themes friendship racial rivalry and peer pressure into a modern day morality tale without exactly clubbing you over the head with it Chebatte's easy style will appeal to a broad readership and should be

  8. says:

    Easy read with issues relevant to teenage boys Would teach to Year 9 boys

  9. says:

    Bro is Helen Chebatte's debut novel Set in Western Sydney the story revolves around Romeo Makhlouf a sixteen year old boy attending a Christian boys high school He lives with his dad and grandmother His mother died of cancer five years ago and since then his father's moods have been up and down creating a tense relationship between them When he's challenged by an Aussie boy at school their fight sets off a train of events that leads to d

  10. says:

    From a YA novel called 'Bro' about a fight club and racial tensions with fists punching out the title on the cover I was expecting ugly brutality I was surprised with vulnerability and sensitivity I thoroughly enjoyed Helen Chebatte's debut novel with its West Side Story feel set in Western Sydney with appealing and engag