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This debut YA novel combines the wrong-side-of-the-tracks edginess of books like The Outsiders and Freak the Mighty and the searingly honest storytelling of authors like Chris Lynch and John Green. Micheal, Tommy, Mixer, and Bones aren't just from the wrong side of the tracks--they're from the wrong side of everything. Except for Mr. Haberman, their remedial English teacheThis debut YA novel combines the wrong-side-of-the-tracks edginess of books like The Outsiders and Freak the Mighty and the searingly honest storytelling of authors like Chris Lynch and John Green. Micheal, Tommy, Mixer, and Bones aren't just from the wrong side of the tracks--they're from the wrong side of everything. Except for Mr. Haberman, their remedial English teacher, no one at their high school takes them seriously. Haberman calls them "gentlemen," but everyone else ignores them--or, in Bones's case, is dead afraid of them. When one of their close-knit group goes missing, the clues all seem to point in one direction: to Mr. Haberman. Gritty, fast-paced, and brutally real, this debut takes an unflinching look at what binds friends together--and what can tear them apart....

Title : Gentlemen
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ISBN : 9780545097499
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Gentlemen Reviews

  • Stephanie
    2018-11-10 13:24

    Let's just say, I didn't like this book. Seriously. The plot was awkward with many, many unecessary stuff. The characters weren't developed nicely. The whole thing was just a plain old mess. The only thing that slighly redeemed this novel is probably the ending.Okay, let's start with the plot. There was one main plot that, I felt, was pretty clear and straight-narrowed and that was "what happened to Tommy". However, that's not what I disliked. What I didn't like was all the little subplots that were there as well. I mean, there's so many different things that were completely unecessary and had no point in the whole story.And the characters? Don't get me started. First, none of the characters were well-developed. There seemed no depth in any of them and the one with the most personality and character is Micheal. The rest of the guys, Bones, Tommy and Mixer, were basically observers from the sidelines. And Micheal is so weird.There's this one scene where he stands and watches his friend rape a girl who was obviously drunk or she would have fought back. And he just stood there. Getting a boner. Which kind of disturbed me...and the thing is, that entire scene was completely unecessary. Did it help build the main plot? Nope. Was there any real point in it except letting the readers know what a nutjob Micheal was? Nope.The ending, however, was done quite nicely. It kind of made the whole book seem worthwhile but, not really. The plot for the ending was so predictable but I liked how Micheal grew. He was able to see what was right and what was wrong and was finally able to move on with his life.Overall, Gentlemen is kind of a growing-up novel with a lot of gritty and real information.

  • Adam van der Zwan
    2018-12-09 06:44

    This book deceives you. The cover is very engaging, and the explanation of the plot on the side-flap makes it seem as if this is a gritty, fast-paced trhiller that is dark, creepy and will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Well, explanations are supposed to make you feel that way, right? ;) But reading the the story is a whole other thing.Ok, good things first. I really enjoyed the reality of the characters. Four teenage outcasts, hanging out, living life. Drinking, smoking, having sex, all that stuff that really happens if life. I guess this is where the "gritty" comes from. Also, the narrative is from the point of view of one of the boys, and uses many words such as "like" and "dude", even outside of the dialogue. This was very real, but I felt it did take away from the story and made it slightly harder to get into.Alright, now for the not-so-good. First of all, this book was slow. It was very boring except for a couple brief periods in which I was relieved that the story was beginning to creep along at more considerable pace. I was into chapter two and already I thought "wow..this had better pick up soon". There are whole chapters dedicated to English class, in which the boys are sitting and listening to their teacher talk about the novel "crime and punishment" (which I find very hard to believe that these students would be reading at their age). Having entire chapters dedicated to the teacher, Mr. Haberman, explaining aspects of the C&M is NOT interesting AT ALL. Who wants to read a school English lesson? This isn't school, this is a "gritty" teen novel we're talking about here!There were also unnecessary subplots everywhere! And whole chapters dedicated to them! Some of the include when Michael, the main character, heads off to the library to check his email and see if a girl has contacted him, a completely random chapter in which Michael stumbles upon one of his friends raping a girl from school, and yes, the remedial English class chapters. None of these subplots related to anything the book had to offer. It seems as if the author was only trying to make the book longer because without all of these subplots the novel would only be about 100 pages long. It just didn't work for me.And finally, when the book did start to pick up in pace (toward the end), I was very disappointed with how it all came to a close. No shock, no mystery, no special twist. It ended just the way I had thought it would when I was hoping that it wouldn't. Although, I will give some credit towards the end because it did seem to bring some closure to the characters even though it was a little rushed.Overall, I would not recommend this book. Don't be fooled by the "dark, riveting thriller" that book reviews claim it to be. It's not. Sellers just want this book to be sold. It's a slow, drawn out book that could have easily been cut into a short-fiction.But hey! The jacket cover is really nice even though it has nothing to do with the story! :)

  • Rachael
    2018-11-29 08:17

    Micheal, Tommy, Mixer, and Bones are those kids, the ones that barely pass each class just to graduate, are avoided by most other kids out of fear, and are basically going nowhere in life. No one takes them seriously because they come from the wrong side of mostly everything. At least they have each other. But the disappearance of one of the friends starts to dissolve the glue that holds the rest together. Wild guesses, twisted conclusions, and unchangeable actions later, and none of their lives will ever be the same.Gentlemen is one of the books that sounds mildly interesting at first glance but turns out to be many times below my expectations. I did not like this novel at all, probably because it was just so boring. The plot sees to drag on and on with only one every slightly exciting section in the middle that also fizzles out. I didn’t enjoy reading about any of the characters either, since I couldn’t relate to any of them at all and because I just couldn’t understand how they function. The narrator Micheal’s stream of consciousness is boring as well and at times hypocritical. On top of that, the story often felt unrealistic to me, and I had a hard time believe that a remedial high school English class would read Crime and Punishment. Other readers may be able to take away some meaning from this story, but its depressing ending killed any theme of friendship Gentlemen had going for it. this book took way too long for me to struggle through, and unfortunately, I can honestly say it was one of the worst and least enjoyable books I’ve ever read.I do not recommend Gentlemen, but readers who enjoyed The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger may find some merit in Northrup’s writing style.reposted from http://thebookmuncher.blogspot.com

  • Hannah
    2018-11-27 11:45

    This book in a word: typical.It was simply okay. The plot was nothing special, somewhat predictable.First off, the title is misleading. I can only remember Mr. Haberman calling the four boys "gentlemen" twice. If your going to use a certain phrase to add a creep factor in your book, you better use it obsessively. Anyway, I have to say that it was suspenseful. After the 'deed' was done, I could feel the characters' anxiousness. I could feel their nerves frying to a crisp. However, that suspense wasn't met with a phenomenal ending. The ending was probably the main element that brought this book down. It was entirely anti-climatic. The way things ended with Tommy was so... stupid. The way things ended with Haberman was equivalently unintelligible. There was no twist, no dramatic conclusion. When things concluded with the two characters in question, I was like, "Really? Is that freakin' it?"In other news, the rape scene really disturbed me. I was left with a rather dirty feeling the rest of the day. It felt like I needed to take a shower or something. But I think it was necessary for the one character's development as a monster.Everything else -- the character development, writing style, etc -- was ordinary. It was a somewhat entertaining read, but I neither glad nor angry that I read it.The cover, however, was amazing. Kudos to the designer. :D

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2018-11-13 07:42

    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.comMichael and his friends are treated like Gentlemen by the one teacher in school who might understand them. They're a bunch of misfits who dislike school. One of Michael's friends gets himself into trouble during class. He disappears from the classroom - and from town.No one can find him and he's not picking up his cell phone.The boys are worried - especially given the lesson from their English teacher the day before. He brought in a heavy barrel and invited the students to lift the barrel and guess the item inside it as a precursor to the new novel they'd be reading. He never revealed the barrel's contents and the boys came to some of their own conclusions.Could it be possible that Tommy's been murdered? How can they discover the truth behind his disappearance?GENTLEMEN is a chilling novel that starts out a little slow but ends with a bang. The cover alone will draw readers in, but the story will make them linger even after the book has been finished.

  • Jacob Carroll
    2018-11-25 07:28

    Personal Response:Okay so I can definitely say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book despite what I originally thought when I randomly picked it out in the library. I particularly like that the author makes the book and characters relatable in their own ways- for example; when Michael is talking about his summer, the issues he has, and other various things like that, I feel I can relate.Plot Summary:The book starts off with the introduction of the four main characters, a group of trouble maker friends that aren't too good at school. It starts off how many of the books like this do in the way that it just has the character going through his/her (in this case, a his) classes and then BAM, something exciting happens. In this case it's one of the four flipping a desk when asked to answer a simple question. Later that day however, the same kid is missing; and one of the normally hated teachers has a slightly less boring class by simply bringing in a barrel that he has each of the students hit with a club, in an attempt to determine what is inside and to help along with his lesson. Eventually however various events including this lesson seem to add up to something that none of the three boys would ever expect. This leads to them interrogating one of their teachers and one of the three beats the teacher to near death with a club. The next day the lost friend comes back, everyone figures out that he's gay and he was just taking time to decide to come out about it. The three get arrested, and the main character goes to juvie. While he's there he sends a message to the nearly killed teacher and receives one in return, seemingly making up for all that had happened.Recommendations:I would most likely recommend this book for a person of around the middle school level, maybe 7th or 8th grade due to some more intense scenes in the book. I would also recommend this book to a more male audience because those are all the main characters. Characterization:The main character, Micheal, starts out this book as simply a rebel that has potential but no drive. As the story continues however you come to realize there is a lot more to this character than meets the eye and he isn't actually as tough and hard-core as he makes himself out to be, and in the end you see him actually seeming to turn himself around mentally.

  • Ethan
    2018-12-10 13:44

    Gentlemen by Michael Northrop was a very strange book to say the least. It started out lethargically and stayed that way until the near middle-end of the book. Then it became somewhat interesting and near the very end, it went back to boring. I found that the whole plot followed the character Micheal (yes, it is spelled like that in the book) and his thoughts through the decisions he made throughout the book. I think this book had potential but, Northrop just didn't capture us with it. "So now I was repaying him this way, because I realized one other thing, too, at just about the same time: Bones was a damn psycho" (Northrop 231). Micheal, Bones, and Mixer were a group of misled kids who never thought logically. Especially Bones. Even though they were a closely knit group of friends, friendships can still come to an end instantly. They were delusional and didn't realize that beating a teacher was a bad idea till they did it. Of course, Bones still never realized that. Even though they went to Haberman's house to question him, Bones ended up beating the innocent man. Mixer and Micheal stood around while a psychopath beat him to a pulp. They kept making mistakes over and over again until it was too late for them. This book is based around respect and of course, it's never shown throughout its entirety by these so called "Gentlemen". If only they had stood up for someone who was in distress could they be called gentlemen. Gentlemen was a somewhat interesting book that had potential but just couldn't deliver. If someone was so inclined to read this book, I would expect it to be a person with interest with mystery and that's about it because the whole novel just didn't click for any other genre. If someone is bored, I would recommend just reading it a little while having another book to read that is more interesting. Overall it wasn't too bad, but it could have been better.

  • Brenna
    2018-12-01 08:31

    Let me start by saying this book stands out...literally. The cover of the book is a boy in a body bag. But don't let the cover fool you...after all we've all heard the phrase "Don't judge a book by it's cover" This book I have recommended for the Summer Reading list. It is a wonderful read. I had been wanting to read this book for a while and as soon as I read it I didn't want to put it down. The main plot of the story is: Michael, Tommy, Mixer, and Bones are pretty much the bad asses of their school. They don't take shit from anybody. No one at their High School takes them seriously except Mr. Haberman, their English teacher calls them "Gentlemen" When one of their friends goes missing, the clues all seem to point to Mr. Haberman. One of the greatest books! I loved reading what was going on with this tight group of friends. I loved how "Crime and Punishment" was tied into the story. I felt shivers run down my spine as I continued in the suspense of what was going on. This book really leaves you away with something. We see this great group of guys who have been friends for as long as they can remember. But what makes them friends? "an unflinching look at what binds friends together--and what can tear them apart." ("Gentlemen")

  • Ryan Field
    2018-12-01 05:24

    I've been on this YA kick all month and I've been surprised at how much I've loved the books I've read. It's not really my genre, but I do have eclectic taste...at times.The latest YA, GENTLEMEN, by Michael Northrope, was just as good as the others. I don't like to review books here but I do like to mention them when I really enjoy them. And this book, trust me, has a surprise twist at the end that I didn't see coming. And that doesn't happen often. Nine times out of ten I can predict the ending of a book and that really doesn't bother me. But when I'm floored, as I was with GENTLEMEN, and have to go back and read certain parts twice to make sure I didn't get it wrong, I'm always thrilled. But no spoilers. You'll have to trust me on this.

  • Amy Huntley
    2018-12-07 11:21

    Wow. As someone who works daily with teens and watches them struggle to make choices, I found this an incredible look at the forces in play when the decisions we know we should make come into conflict with a whole slew of counter forces.

  • Zoë
    2018-11-19 07:44

    This book was disappointing for me. I will say, the very end was pretty alright. I’m glad Michael ended up doing the right thing, and I thought the letter exchanges between him and Mr. Haberman were nice. But for the most part, I didn’t really like this book.It was supposed to be thrilling, gritty, dark, and suspenseful, but it was really just bland. There were a lot of irrelevant tangents the protagonist went on. Lots of long and drawn-out rants about things that had nothing to do with the plot (which was actually an interesting plot, the little bit of time it was in the book). I don’t care about how irritated you are that your cigarettes are stale, dude. You don’t need to give me every single detail about it. This isn’t meant to be a diary. It felt like the actual plot was spread out throughout the book, and every time it finally got back on track, I was like, “Finally.”The writing was a little cringy as well. Not House of Night cringy, but still felt like someone trying too hard to sound like a cool edgy teenager. Too many “likes” in one sentence. I don’t know, it just didn’t gel with me.Then there are the characters, who really weren’t likeable at all. The only one out of the four boys who seemed decent was Tommy. So of course, naturally, he’s the one we see the least. And I feel bad for him, because probably the reason he ran away was because he knew his “friends” would be assholes about him. They’re kind of homophobic. Other things that make me unsympathetic is that they’re animals abusers (they shot bats with a BB gun), they’re arrogant in general, and they’re a bunch of thugs who stalk their English teacher when they have zero evidence of him doing anything. They literally force entry into his house. Am I really supposed to give one shit about any of them?Also, it’s trying to make it out as though the reason people don’t like them is because they are the “wrong side of the tracks” archetype. When in reality, I think the real reason people don’t like them is because they’re just jerks. If they were rich, popular, good grade-getting jerks, people would still probably not like them. Not every time are people against someone because they’re poor (or their race, gender, etc.), it could be their personality. This book was also compared to The Outsiders and Freak the Mighty…HOW? Both of those books are great books. It’s like people think that as long as you have a group of teenage boys who are somewhat “rebellious”, it’s all automatically the same. Sorry, but not true. The Outsiders is a GREAT novel, and Freak the Mighty is too. I normally like YA that’s geared towards boys, but not this time around.

  • Mitra P
    2018-11-17 13:36

    After reading a variety of books that fell into the comedy and sports genre, I decided I should try out another genre but wasn't exactly sure what to read. Over the summer, I was at an amusement park and realized how much I enjoy rollercoasters which many people classify as thrillers. I immediately thought about grabbing a book from the thriller genre the next time I went to the library. My knowledge of authors and book is rather limited, so I picked out a thriller with an appealing cover and did not regret it one bit. That's when I picked up "Gentlemen" by Michael Northrop and began reading. This story is about an average group of friends in high school, not to popular and not losers either. The story is told in Michael’s perspectives, one of the friends, and is about his high school life with his friends who he calls Mixers, Bones, and Tommy. The friendship these boys have is very special as they do everything together. The boys are looked down upon by most of the school because of their mischievous behavior except for their English teacher, Mr. Haberman, who calls them by “gentlemen”, hence the name of the book. All of a sudden, Tommy goes missing after he getting suspended for flipping a desk over and the day after the rest of the boys are singled out to help Mr. Haberman carry a very heavy corpse-like barrel into his car. Coincidence or not, the boys are “reading” a story in English class which they feel relates to their current lives so much that they all began suspecting one person. One Sunday morning, the plan to solve this mystery of where their friend, Tommy, may have been happens and everything goes downhill. The plan does not go down how it was planned which leaves Michael, Mixer, and especially Bones in serious trouble. As good as a friendship can be, tough times is where it can be put to test! One thing I loved about the story was that it is told in the first person by one of the characters who narrated the story. This adds a whole lot to the story because it did not feel like I was reading a book, but the story of a teenager's life. I, as the reader, felt as if I were actually apart of the story which helps understand exactly what the character’s situation is during the intense scenes. I did not like the way the author passes by major events in the story without any serious emphasis. Many times I would have to reread the chapter or last few pages because I read over something important which just blended in with the flow of the story. If these key events were emphasized it would have added a little more to the actual “thrill” of the story and made it more exciting.

  • Easton Groskreutz
    2018-11-29 05:28

    Personal Response: I personally think this book was edge-of-your-seat good. The adventure starts right at school with the math teacher. I found it was easy to stay caught up and not get confused with whats going on. I like mystery and murder stories but this book was not quite the book I was looking for. It did get better further into the story. I liked this book just enough to finish it and i'll give this book a three star rating.Summary: This is a story is about a boy named Micheal and his friends: Mixer, Tommy, and Bones. Micheal is lazy, self-centered and an outcast at his school. Micheal and his friends spend their free time drinking, taking drugs, shooting bats with BB guns, and talking dirty. One day during school in Math class, Tommy got in trouble because he flipped his desk. He got angry because the Teacher was picking on him in front of the girls in the class too. After Tommy when to the office his friends never saw him for the rest of the day. They thought that maybe he was suspended from school. Then days passed where Tommy wasn't seen by any of his friends. Michealś english teacher acting weird after the disappearance and was reading the book Crime and Punishment for their class book. Micheal started thinking that Mr. Haberman killed Tommy. This is where the story really started to pick up because Bones showed how broken inside he really is and Micheal showed how lost he is.Recommendations: I recommend this book for people older than fourteen years of age. There is no sex scene in the book, but there is rape. Rape is not equal to sex in this case. I also recommend this book for boys and girls. Gentlemen is a terrifying book because it is so realistic and believable. Characterization: Micheal was our narrator in Gentlemen. He was in high school and is a smart kid, but he decided not to be smart and becomes dirty-minded and doesn’t try hard any longer. Between his three other friends, he was the smartest. Mixer was another amigo in Micheal’s gang. Mixer was a fun guy who got alcohol for his friends for free. Mixer also tried to keep Bones sane when the time came. Bones was the crazy friend who always got himself in trouble because of his hateful doings. Tommy was hardly in the story but he had anger issues in the beginning. He changed in the end.

  • Kimberly
    2018-11-16 06:34

    PLOT:The book Gentlemen is about a group of high school boys: Michael, Tommy, Mixer, and Bones. This group of friends are the kids that are found on the other side of the tracks. Everyone ignores them, either because they are scared of them, especially Tommy, or they just don't care enough to talk to them. Anyway, the boys’ friendship gets tested when one of their group goes missing. At first, they thought he ran away. But, when he didn’t come back days later like he often was supposed to, they began to worry. While their friend, Tommy, disappeared, a whole other thing was coming into focus. It happened in English. Their teacher, Mr. Haberman, brought in a barrel with something in it. He made each of the students guess what was inside it. This activity coincided with the book they were about to read. It was called Crime and Punishment. It was about a guy who killed people and was at war with himself, trying to decide if he wanted to get away with his murder spree or if he wanted to get caught. This book definitely came into play at the wrong time because it filled the boys’ minds with wild accusations and suspicions about Tommy’s disappearance. Their crazy guessing leads them to their English teacher and what was inside the barrel; it all builds up from there. The boys’ hypotheses lead them to believe that their friend is dead, and the culprit could or is Mr. Haberman. They go through the book trying to find out what happened to Tommy and if their English teacher knew anything about it. Towards the ending of the book, the group of friends make a bad decision to go to Mr. Haberman’s house to get anwers. After they went there and back, they had an answer, but it wasn’t the one they were looking for. They did something terrible to an innocent man. And one day during school, the boys were called down to the office. As it turns out, they found Tommy, and he was just fine.CHARACTERIZATION: Tommy was an interesting character to follow and understand. He was gone in most of the book, but that didn’t matter when the main character, Michael, talked about him and shared stories. Apparently Tommy was the one that kept the group from killing each other and kept them still friends. When he left, the boys had trouble staying close. I learned a lot about Tommy while reading. He doesn’t care much about school; neither do any of the boys, in fact. Tommy likes to escape from his problems and he doesn’t care that he scares his mom or any of his friends at school when he disappears. He likes to be himself, and I guess he thinks that the only way he can do that is by not going to school (running away), and being with his older friends. At the end of the book, when he came back, he was definitely transformed. He had a new haircut and a pierced ear. He also told his friends that he was gay. He finally found who he was. That took a lot of courage to do that, and I think if he didn’t run away, he wouldn’t be brave enough to change; he would still be his same old self.AUDIENCE: I think this book is suitable for middle school-freshmen boys and girls. It is an easy read, but it has some content that is more for the mature children. I would not recommend this book to any of my friends or peers because the book was very predictable, and the story line wasn’t that interesting or good.RATING: I would rate this book a 1 or 2 out of 5. I enjoyed the book, but I definitely would not recommend it or read it again.

  • Sara
    2018-11-24 11:17

    I did not enjoy this book at all. The pacing was incredibly slow and everything I read felt pointless. Several events occurred which I thought would be important perhaps by the end of this mind-numbingly boring story, but never were. There is a whole chapter devoted to the main character witnessing a possible rape, which seems like a big deal, but no. It's mentioned in a couple chapters after that, but that's it. Also, what was the point of Michael writing to the girl he met at the beach? He spends a majority of the book checking his email at the library waiting for a response, and, spoiler alert, he never gets one. There's no, "And suddenly I realized how stupid it was to hope this girl would reply back, because I'm creepy and have little respect for women." It's just... never mentioned again. Almost like the author forgot to wrap up that little subplot.If referring to the girl he's so desperate to contact as "Jenny #2" isn't enough reason to dislike the main character, there's also the fact that he seems to feel no guilt over the events that finally,finallyhappen towards the end of the book. Emotions were portrayed weakly and I couldn't connect with or find myself able to care about any character. However, it wasn't quite bad enough for me to put it down completely. I'm not one of those people who needs to finish a book once it's started. I kept plowing through this book to see when things would pick up and get moving. Unfortunately, this doesn't happen until page 169 of this 234 page book.Another thing to mention is the, often annoying, narrative. The book is written in first-person and the author was obviously trying to be "realistic" with the way teens talk. And while I applaud him for his attempts, I think it backfired a little. Some of the dialogue was hard to follow because of the over-usage of the word "like". Plus, it felt a little juvenile. For instance, a lot of the dialogue is something along the lines of, "I was like, 'I read part one.'"On a similar note, there was one part, and one part only, that made me actually laugh out loud, despite those awful "like"s:"Bones was like, You'll be sorry, man. And I was like, Yeah, maybe I will, but not for seven to ten years, bitch."Overall I think this story fell flat. Weak characters, pointless events, and excruciatingly slow pacing. I would not recommend.The ending, where it is revealed what happened to Tommy, was a little surprising, but mostly just frustrating.

  • Adrian
    2018-11-14 10:17

    4 out of 5 Read in June, 2014In the story, Gentlemen, by Michael Northrop is a thrilling nonfiction book about young man in high schooler named Micheal. He goes through a wild ride of mind-blowing accusations.In the book, Micheal and his crew of three, are just your typical high school troublemakers. When one of the people in his crew gets suspended for one day, he goes missing. They call him, and they do everything in their power to find his friend. Weeks go by and everyone is worried. There English teacher after two days since Michaels friend goes missing, he brings in a huge barrel, and he asks the class if anyone knows whats in it... He asks each student to hit the barrel with the bat as hard as possible so that they can figure it out whats in the barrel. Micheal and his friends conclude his missing friend (Tommy) was actually in the barrel. This and more bizzare events points to one person... Mr. Haberman; the teacher who got him suspended in the first place. The teacher acts extremely suspicious, as he reads to the whole class, "Crime and Punishment". He gives hints throughout the story that makes it sound like he killed him. Nobody else has any idea of what else happened to the missing friend. They go over every scenario that could happen and still have no idea besides the thought that Mr. Haberman actually killed him. This story, has a rather surprising ending. Of course, you'll have to read the story to figure out the twist ending.I highly recommend you read this book. I enjoyed it a lot. One down side to this book is that it's sort of a slow starting story. Other than that, it messed with my head with all the twists.

  • Tracy
    2018-11-28 05:37

    For some reason, I did not find this book as riveting as I thought it would be. It was still a very good book, and interesting though. Four friends, and one of them goes missing. He's done this a couple of times before, but this time he didn't take anything with him. Did something happen to him? Through coincidence, or bad timing, one of the teachers brings in a barrel. The kids are challenged to determine what is in the barrel by hitting it with a club. Imagination takes over. It could be a body in the barrel...or it could be roadkill. When the boys help bring the barrel out to Mr. Haberman's car, this theory seems even more possible. The bag of whatever was in the barrel is put into the trunk of the car. Whatever is in there moves, like pieces of something shifting. Did Mr. Haberman kill Tommy and put him in the barrel? In an effort to find the answers, the three boys cross the line to a place they can't come back from. The end of the book involves what happens, what the aftermath is, and what the boys choose individually to do.

  • Kunru
    2018-11-22 07:37

    Gentlemen is a suspenseful, creepy, and realistic story centered on the friendship among 4 high school students. They are Micheal, Tommy, Mixer, and Bones. It is the relationships among the 4 kids that moves the whole story, and the theme of the book is the friendships between Micheal and his friends. Gentleman shows the factors that bond friends together or tear them apart. Micheal, Mixer and Bones have known each other since they were in elementary school, Tommy is the last one to joined the group. But Tommy is actually the one who connects Micheal, Mixer, and Bones together. Without him, they wouldn’t be so close and friendly. So when Tommy goes missing, the other 3 guys slowly begin to doubt and keep an eye on one another. Micheal is the narrator of the book, so his changes in his perspectives to Mixer and Bones are shown the most as the plot advances. Overall, it’s a story that can really draw readers in and make them think with the characters. It’s overall a good novel with closely knit plot. I enjoyed reading this book.

  • Ezra Ablaza
    2018-11-13 12:45

    Ehhh.. That's all I can say. Not a bad story, but the twists weren't exactly novel and the resolution of the action didn't really do all the build up justice. Not meant for a thriller, but it gives a pretty good definition of what a teenagers stream of consciousness follows in stressing situations. The language was very iffy though, in terms of word choice and dialogue. It felt as if the author generalized how american teenagers communicate. It was a little cringe-worthy when the words "like" and "frickin'" were used. Speaking as a teenager myself, it's either you say the whole curse and go all out or you spend some time putting together a coherent sentence. Also, the ending landed the plot awkwardly; a lot of things were going on at the same time when the book finished. So-and-so turned out to be this way, the other dude became like this, and now people are in jail and people still smoke. The resolution is kinda lost, and now the main conflict is left a little muddled. What really happened in this story, and what was there to learn or take away from it?

  • Kate Hickey
    2018-11-18 10:39

    3.5/5This was much better than I expected! I picked it up for the cover and I was pleasantly surprised by the contents. I think the inside jacket description isn't very accurate to what happens in the book, or the characters relationships, but the story I got was better than the story I expected, which made it okay. I liked the ending, but there were parts that dragged in the middle, and I found the perspective character, Mike, kind of unpleasant to follow around. I will say this book really makes me want to read Crime and Punishment, though, so Northrop did a good job on making Dostoyevsky sound enticing.

  • marin
    2018-11-24 13:34

    despite wanting to like this one about a group of misfit teens whose friend goes missing and the subsequent suspicious behavior of a teacher, i couldn't buy it and didn't get far enough to see it to the end. despite being a "without a trace" junkie, micheal (one of the a fore mentioned teens) doesn't once wonder why mr. haberman would want to kill tommy - didn't i learn from agatha christie that motive is an essential question to ask from the start? made it to page 122.

  • Mirabelle
    2018-11-16 13:27

    Ugh. I don't even know what to say. I'm terrible at this review thing...

  • Rhodes
    2018-11-11 10:18

    Gentlemen so sounded like it was going to be a book about student school shooters or a kid gang. It's not. What it is, is a simple book about a teenage boy and his dislike for school and his few friendships. At first the book goes incredibly slow dragging on about everyday experiences but then all the sudden a friend goes missing and the book accelerates downhill as friends are willing to take more and more drastic actions to find the missing kid.It is not a bad thing that some offtrack detail is included or that most of the book basically has no plot to follow. It was actually fun to read considering I would be a peer to the main characters who are in a relatable situation. What really kept me reading was the way the author wrote as opposed to what was written. Written in first-person completely from the perspective of the main character Mike as if mike is writing what happens as it happens. Mike explains things in a honest yet childish way which thinking back to the ending of the book is really funny.I personally would have never read this book had it not have been so misleading. With what looks like a kid in a body bag, and a group that is said to be feared at school I am thinking something completely different to the nature of this book. That disappointment right from the start in combination with how boring the beginning of the book played out is enough to make anyone stop reading who does not appreciate the modest and realistic way the book is written.

  • Nicksehr
    2018-11-17 05:39

    Gentlemen by Michael Northrup is an exciting book about a group of friends in high school. When one of the boys goes missing, the others are convinced that their English teacher had something to do with it. When they decide to take action, things really get crazy. The ending is totally unexpected. I enjoyed this book because the parts about school were pretty relatable and the narrator, Michael, is a pretty interesting guy. There is a lot of character development throughout the book for all four of the main characters. It was a bit slow, and I feel like some parts of this book were unnecessary. I think the target audience, and the group I’d recommend it to is high school students because they can relate to a lot of the book and they will understand it better and they are more likely to want to read about that kind of stuff. Other groups such as adults or younger children may not be as interested in this book. I gave it a 3 out of 5 because I thought it was good but lacked in some areas.

  • Grace Held
    2018-11-28 05:17

    The book Gentlemen written by Michael Northrop is a fiction and also a thriller. This book is brutally real about challenges that occur in the lives of teenagers that are in many ways neglected. The theme of this book is how friendships can suffer and even break when put under a lot of stress and pressure. The storyline of this book is centered around how four friends named Michael, Tommy, Mixer, and Bones, handle adversity. Tommy holds the group together in many ways and when he goes missing it causes the other boys to be doubtful of each other. The boys have suspicions about their English teacher Mr. Haberman. Tommy goes missing after an outburst in class. As Mr. Haberman continues to become more and more strange and seemingly obsessed with murder. The boys wonder what it was they helped him load into his truck.Michael is the narrator of this story and as a reader I was able to draw the most conclusions about his character. Michael is a crucial part of the story and there is more to him than most people around him think. He is a lot smarter than the classes he is put into except he doesn’t apply himself whatsoever. Michael is clever and this is seen during his conversations with Mr. Haberman and with his quick thinking when in pressure situations. He is also caring in his own way. He may be hardened because of his childhood but when Tommy goes missing he cares. Michael also doesn’t care what people think about him. He is in the lowest level of classes and gets questions wrong on purpose and doesn’t care because inside he knows he isn’t dumb. Michael reminds of Lip from the television series Shameless. Lip is basically a genius and would be able to go to any Ivy League school in the country except for he doesn’t apply himself and can’t stay out of trouble.This book is not extremely memorable by any means. It moves very slowly and some parts are pretty dull. The ending is nicely written however and I wanted to know what happened next once the action picked up. The book brings problems that underprivileged teens face to light and I developed sympathetic feelings towards the boys. While reading this book I felt antsy because I wanted the action to pick up and for a long time it didn’t. I felt annoyed at times by the language used because it doesn’t connect with how teens actually communicate with one another. I wouldn’t suggest this book for those reasons.

  • Lisa Schensted
    2018-11-18 05:32

    in a sentence or so: Micheal, Tommy, Mixer and Bones are that group of rough-around-the-edges, nothing goes right for them, and quite frankly a bit scary type of guys. when Tommy goes missing in the middle of the school day, they assume he got detention for flipping his desk in class. but then when their english teacher starts stirring up some seriously intense discussion over the next few days, their minds start to wonder if Tommy missing, or something more...Mixer is the one who can read others moods. he can smooth out a potentially hairy situation, or he can screw with someone without giving them cause for retaliation. Bones is the hothead with a history of beating the snot out of people and packs an overall dodgey past. Micheal is normal enough, except for that messed up left eye of his and unfortunately misspelled name. Tommy was the one who brought them all together; the common thread. he complimented each of their quirks with his own brand of balance. it isn't necessarily unusual for Tommy to go missing - he's done that before. but what is unusual is their English teacher, Mr. Haberman, brings in a barrel with unknown contents the same afternoon that Tommy falls off the radar. a barrel that's really heavy. a barrel with contents that Mr. Haberman won't reveal. Micheal starts to wonder why Mr. Haberman is having such bizarre discussions with them in class about murder, guilt, and accomplices. and why is Mr. Haberman gone on the day that the police come by to investigate Tommy's disappearance?the three boys try to piece together what happened to Tommy while skirting around their suspicions. these are serious accusations, they realize, but they can't shake the feeling that something is going on that they can't quite figure out.from the very start, i loved Micheal's voice. the first person perspective intensified the emotions and allowed me to connect to the story immediately. flowing between formal quoted dialog and conversational interactions, you become Micheal's confidant in a way and you realize that your position is jaded, you're getting more information than you know what to do with (just like Micheal), but at the same time maybe you're not getting the right pieces of information to put it all together.Gentlemen is unapologetically gritty and raw. that's not to say that it's intense merely for intensity's sake. the characters and the brief back stories are all necessary and vital to the overall plot development...it's just not pretty. these 15 year old boys have seen a lot in their short lives and being social outcasts certainly isn't helping matters. things don't go their way, things just don't get better, and things don't turn out the way they hope. which, of course, makes for some seriously good literature.i blew through this book in a night. like i said, i was all about Micheal's voice. so combine that with a mystery, shady back stories, and an incredibly twisty and anxiety-inducing plot...you've got yourself a solid read, my friends.fave quote: "Grayson raised his eyebrows and made a little whistle sound, which most of us thought was pretty funny. Grayson was the coolest teacher we had, which was kind of like being the best-smelling fart but still." (8-9)fix er up: i honestly could have read about these boys forever. i think the length was perfect for what Northrop was trying to do, but for real - i want more of Micheal's voice telling me about things.

  • Madeleine Rex
    2018-12-05 11:39

    COPIED FROM MY BLOG. FORMATTING WAS LOST. Official Review: Gentlemen is not the book I thought it would be. With the many surprises and course changes throughout, my mind tripped over itself as the story unfolded. However, it was Mike that caught my attention with his rugged and unexpectedly thoughtful voice. Northrop does an outstanding job of creating characters who are nearly the opposite of how they originally appear – characters who I gradually learned to love or love to hate. At the very least, Gentlemen is a book that will keep you on your toes.Review:This book definitely surprised me – in all the right ways.Namely, the main character. I did not expect Mike to be the clever, funny, intelligent boy that he is. He does a fabulous job of hiding his potential and intuitiveness. I loved reading his rough but unarguably thoughtful and contemplative voice. He’s a kid made up of contradictions. He wears a stereotype like a badge, but is anything but on the inside.That’s not to say he’s a perfect person. He does some terrible, terrible things. He’s dark and his priorities are skewed. I wouldn’t want to know him personally. So, while I thoroughly enjoyed reading about him, I’m glad I we’re not actually acquainted.Gentlemen is primarily a murder mystery, even if it was the main character that awed me. The plot is interesting, but it would be nothing (in my opinion, anyway) if it weren’t for the fabulous way that Michael Northrop weaves Crime and Punishment into the story. As Mike sat in his English class, turning over possibilities in his head, I was absorbed in the actual proceedings of the class. I’ve been eager to get my hands on a copy of Crime and Punishment ever since.As the mystery unfolds, the boys’ suspicions travel from person to person, but invariably return to Haberman. What they claim are clues are sketchy at best, but once an idea is thought of, it’s hard to shake. I spent a majority of the book full of anticipation because, despite the unreliability of the evidence, it’s still convincing. I floundered and wondered alongside the characters.It’s not until the boys take matters into their own hands and act that nervousness overpowered my anticipation. I wanted to crawl into a hole and close my eyes until the book was over. My apprehension mirrored Mike’s. In just a few pages, the many possible endings are eliminated, and the conclusion is inevitable (and dreaded).Though Gentlemen is anything but cheery, I appreciated the hard-hitting honesty. The characters who did wrong are duly punished, and those who did nothing at all are let free. My mind did trip over itself, but I realized in the end that everything unfolded as it should have and everyone lands in the right place. I was also pleased by the fact that the book induces thoughts on various odd-ball subjects that I might not have pondered otherwise.I’d recommend this book to anyone looking for something that will keep their minds alert and ready for anything, particularly something out of the ordinary. I would certainly consider it a great book for discussion and book clubs.I must warn you: You will be surprised, you will be upset, you will feel a little queasy. It’s a roller-coaster.Thanks to Scholastic for the review copy!

  • Katherine
    2018-11-29 05:32

    Well, that was unexpected. Like this whole book was just a bunch of weird and crazy and that’s not really a good thing in this case.This book takes a lot of its plot from Crime and Punishment as they try to figure out what happened when Tommy goes missing. He’s gone for a while when the police get involved and the school starts getting insane. They almost assume that their teacher, Mr. Haberman, did it with really no good evidence. But that doesn’t keep them from making really irrational decisions. Seriously…all three of the boys are so stupid. They are supposed to be misfits who were held back and only a couple more problems away from juvie but none of them were smart for such ‘criminal’ people. Around halfway through the book it started getting really ridiculous, ending in a really weird climax and then the whole book just took a turn for the worst.The concept was good. What happened around this plot was terrible. The characters weren’t the right fit for the story. The idea of a teacher kidnapping a student was good. This was a terrible execution of that topic.Micheal (does anyone else find it weird when the character and the author have the same name?) is a really bad main character. He’s kind of boring. There are various attempts at side plots, mostly dealing with his attempt to get a girlfriend and this girl not accepting his friend request. Also included are various drug references for no reason at all. There are a couple of pages about how this group of boys buys their drugs which has nothing to do with anything. Micheal did have a good relationship with his mom and ultimately did the right thing at the end, which I think was supposed to be a lesson about friendship. He just wasn’t a strong main character.The other boys, Bones and Mixer, were more interesting. They had anger problems and were much more ‘street’ than Micheal. Really, they controlled most of where the story was going. Of course, they were the least rational too. None of the characters were really that likable. Mr. Haberman was a really tragic character and I felt bad for him as the boys were trying to prove he murdered their friend, although their friend just went missing. It was a really weird jump…Overall, this book was very confusing and not the best. Micheal, the main character, was boring and not interesting. The entire concept of the story was good but it took some weird turns and it just didn’t execute well enough.

  • Chris
    2018-11-14 05:16

    The evidence we had at this point basically boiled down to this:Tommy, who was missing: It wasn't the first time, but it was still unusual.Haberman, who was weird: Always had been but was reaching new heights lately.The barrel: It was the first time Haberman had done anything like that in class.Whatever was in the barrel: Could've been a deer, could've been a dude, but it seemed like some sort of a dead body.What Haberman said about disposing of a dead body: See above.What Haberman said about crime being "a matter of opinion": Sounded like something a killer would say.What Haberman said about a murder in the classroom: Sounded like something a killer would say.Haberman talking about "the victim's friends" and sort of singling us out: Sounded like something a killer would say if he was also an ass.Michael has always hated his remedial English teacher, Mr. Haberman, partly because of the mocking way he addresses Michael and his friends as "gentlemen." Because it's obvious to everyone in their small town school that Michael, Tommy, Mixer, and Bones are anything but gentlemen. But Haberman does something different in class to introduce the book Crime and Punishment the same day Tommy goes missing. He seems to have a passion for this particular book he's never shown before, and he's saying a lot of strange things that could be insinuations about more than the book. For once Michael is actually doing some of the assigned reading to see if the connection he suspects actually exists, as Tommy had become the glue that held the friends together and their anxiety over his disappearance has created some tense new dynamics that Michael suspects will end badly.I enjoyed this one for Northrop's believable characters. Michael has an authentic voice as narrator, not exceedingly quirky or accented or stylized, just with a particular voice and perspective (for example: Grayson was the coolest teacher we had, which was kind of like being the best-smelling fart but still). He has a nice way of describing people and situations that is both perceptive and filtered through his perspective. As someone from small towns, the people and places felt familiar to me. And the psychological tension and mystery pay homage to Crime and Punishment without trying to parrot it.

  • Sensitivemuse
    2018-11-20 08:30

    The first thing that got my attention was, the protagonist. It’s being told by a point of a view of a guy. But not just any guy. Most of the male characters I’ve read in the majority of YA literature are..let’s say sugar coated. They’re there to attract the girl readers and make us into fan girls. (Yes, it’s true. I have several crushes on some of them). In this case, it’s different. Micheal (main character) is, acts, well, like a normal guy. The way he talks, the way he tries to get a girlfriend, his behavior with his friends and his attitude towards school, all of it is so realistic and well written. His friends are equally the same way so this part of the book, I thought was good. Getting onto the plot is a different story. First, the pace is a little slower than I thought. Also if you’re looking for a super thriller, you won’t find it here. There’s really nothing thrilling or suspenseful about it. Which is disappointing as I was expecting something that packed a punch or at least with something that has a shocking twist. There were also several mini plots throughout the book and none of them contributed to the plot whatsoever. One that particularly irked me was Micheal’s internet moments. He periodically checks back to see if he gets any responses from a potential girlfriend, and what this has to do with anything is beyond me. I thought it was terribly pointless and a page filler, which does nothing to advance the main plot. The ending climax is, well anti climactic. Tommy’s end result wasn’t anything special and you’re left wondering if you’ve read the entire book for nothing. However, there’s one particular moment when the students confront Haberman, the mood and tension between all of them was well written and felt. Otherwise, once the mood is over, everything just seems to come back to normal again. It’s frustrating as some parts of the story was good and some of the writing is well done but the plot could have used a lot of work. The cover was a job well done, but I don’t know if the book is really worth a read. It is pretty short so it can be covered in one sitting but it ends up being frustrating because with such an anti climactic ending, you feel as if you wasted your time. I’d say take it or leave it. Your choice.