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An Open Vein [Paperback]

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He's a doctor, of course I trust him. Or at least I did, once. I haven't eaten since yesterday. He had scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast. The smell seeps at me from beneath the locked door. The gnawing in my stomach never goes away but it's not from lack of food. Up until yesterday, I've been able to eat. Until yesterday, I was able to do almost anything I wanted within the two thousand square feet of this place. Things are different now.

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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.8" Width: 5" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2007
Publisher   Grove Creek Publishing
ISBN  1933963964  
ISBN13  9781933963969  

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Wonderfully written  Jul 9, 2008
In this book Warwick out does herself. You are taken on a psycological ride that keeps you guessing through out the book. I definately recomend this book to everyone from teens up.
Not Something I'd Normally Pick Up  Jun 10, 2008
He's a doctor, of course I trust him. Or I did, once.

Doesn't that one sentence just pull you in? It did for me. That sentence lets the reader know that this book is all about betrayal and confusion.

Main character John Banks is sixteen and already a graduate of high school. He plans to spend the summer with his "uncle" Kane in New York before heading off to USC. Kane isn't actually related to John; he's more of an honorary uncle. But they've known each other so long that it seems like they're family.

Kane is a strange and rather inconsistent character. Sometimes he acts normally, and sometimes he seems like a complete psycho. At first, John jumps the chance to get closer to his uncle. But Kane is so mysterious, and it seems like he's harboring a secret. And there's been mysterious letters threatening John. He keeps saying that he is protecting John, but John can't shake the feeling that something isn't quite right.

This novel was very thought-provoking for me. As Kane threw everything John knew to be true into question, so the same went for me. I found it a little strange that John seemed so lacking in common sense at times, even though he is a genius. The whole part about "reading people" that Kane supposedly taught John to do was very confusing for me to read. And Kane's character I think was mentally sick to pull off those sorts of things that he did.

Overall, I did find myself losing interest at times. I felt that the story tried a little too hard to go deep, and that didn't work for me. But it might've been that I didn't completely understand the story. I was a little disappointed with the story, but not to the point that I hated it. I did like the ending, because the story leaves you off with a sense of forgiveness and understanding. I do not recommend this novel unless you are interested in psychology.

J. M. Warwick's An Open Vein   Feb 26, 2008
J. M. Warwick's novel "An Open Vein" is a psychological thriller too intense to put down. From beginning to end, John's experience with Kane, who claims to be his father, is mysterious and disturbing. Kane is the perfect psychological abuser, knowing just what to say and how to say it so John will feel guilty and in the wrong. The writing style is direct and to the point, making for a page-turner with none of the unnecessary overwriting found so often in novels these days. The story is one of growth as much as it is about a frightening and remarkably believable relationship between two people caught in a web of regret and lies. John and Kane's journey to overcome this bizarre and troubling experience is empowering, and well worth all their effort.

All in all, this was a fantastic read. Recommended for young adults with a fair understanding of the world: some thematic elements may be difficult to grasp.
A really enjoyable read that keeps you guessing!  Jan 12, 2008
John is sixteen and has just graduated from high school a year early. He's gifted, smart, but can he figure out the mess he's in now?

He comes to stay with a family friend, Kane, who lives in New York, but soon finds this friendly vacation turning into a life-changing experience.

Lies hidden from him are finally revealed. Kane has lived John's whole life as a third parent of sorts. Birthdays? He's there. School functions? Again, he's there. However, this summer, he finds out Kane wasn't just a good family friend. He is John's father.

Angry at his mom for keeping this secret and wanting to bond with Kane just as much as Kane wants to bond with him, John stays in New York and does as Kane wishes him too. But things start to get odd and John doesn't know what Kane wants anymore.

He finds himself without any clothes and being locked in his room without any food. It's all part of an experiment, Kane says. John plays along, often feeling angry and frustrated, but wanting to please Kane more than anything. This was his father. They'd missed out on so much already, he didn't want to mess it up now.

More and more happens over the summer that makes the bonding experience harder on both of them. Kane and John are being threatened by mysterious letters, making John an unwilling hermit. But more than that, John starts to question what Kane is doing and why. He's a doctor, his father. How could it be wrong?

This book is a psychological novel that keeps you guessing and wondering as the book goes on. You'll flip the pages frantically, yearning for all the answers. Short in length, but packed with content, it's a definite must-read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Just be warned: read the first page and prepare to be sucked into John's crazy.

Can you believe it?

Psychological, Gripping, Heart-wrenching  Jan 2, 2008
"Life is about leaving your mark. That way, you'll never be forgotten."

For sixteen year-old John, it is supposed to be a summer away in New York, enjoying the town and what there is to see with Kane, the uncle adopted by the family years ago. John is a brilliant kid, having just graduated from high school two years early. At the end of summer, the plan is for him to return to Palos Verdes, California, to attend USC. His parents had gone to USC and want him to go there more than anything.

In New York with their longtime family friend, John finds his independence, the taste of a new life away from his parents. Kane takes him places he's always wanted to go, shows him things he's always wanted to see. Kane's a doctor. He went to Harvard. Their time together quickly convinces John that USC isn't the best choice for his future, that Harvard is, especially since he wants to go into medicine.

When Kane's away at the hospital one day, John finds information in Kane's office that shakes the foundation of all he's known. What would it mean if what he thought was true, what he'd been told was true by the people closest to him, is all lies? What will that change about his past, his family, his parents, himself, and his future? Will he ever be able to go back to a world where the people closest to him have been lying to him his whole life?

Katherine Warwick's AN OPEN VEIN is one of the most psychological young adult novels on the market. The time spent in John's thoughts and emotions is gripping and heart-wrenching. John's struggle for identity amidst the controversy over his past delves into the depths of what it means to belong to a family, the power of a name, and the value of a past and future that you can call your own.

--- Reviewed by Jonathan Stephens

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