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The Reluctant Journal Of Henry K. Larsen

bySusin Nielsen

Hardcover | September 11, 2012

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Darker than her previous novels, Susin peoples this novel about the ultimate cost of bullying with a cast of fabulous characters, dark humour, and a lovable, difficult protagonist struggling to come to terms with the horrible crime his brother has committed.

SUSIN NIELSEN got her start writing a spec script for the popular television series Degrassi Junior High. She went on to pen sixteen episodes of the hit television show and four of the Degrassi books. Since then, she has received two Canadian Screenwriter Awards and a Gemini Award and has written for many home-grown TV series. Her nove...
Title:The Reluctant Journal Of Henry K. LarsenFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 7.5 × 5.5 × 0.87 inPublished:September 11, 2012Publisher:TundraLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1770493727

ISBN - 13:9781770493728


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Holy Moly The more books I read by Susin Nielsen, the more I love her work! This did not disappoint and the main character was amazing. He was funny yet relatable and overall it was just a pleasure to read.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully written What happens to a family after there’s been a suicide in the family? Life goes on and in this case Henry Larsen is trying to live life in the best way he knows how after his brother’s death. When it’s his turn to go to high school, and his friend becomes the victim of another bully, will he stand up and fight? Henry’s angry most of the time but there’s also a lot of good memories thrown in. He’s a little pudgy, clumsy, and loves watching wresting on TV. Yet he has a great friend Farley who is described as “a rubber ball who bounces back and forth.” Nothing could get that kid down. He was delightful to read. And I’m incredibly glad he became best friends with someone who stood by him and defended him. Susan Nielsen definitely wrote just like a thirteen year old boy would think, I absolutely loved it. It felt exactly how the characters would act and think. To be dropped into Henry’s life and read his daily thoughts and actions just made me more aware of how bullying is such a horrible and unnecessary action. There’s a lot to be said about bullying, and this was one story that didn’t have an ending because the ending is clearly up to the reader to imagine. Beautiful and thought provoking The Reluctant Journal of Henry Larsen is filled with lessons, heartache, pain, anger, family and friendship. Wonderfully done Susan. I love her style and writing and I can’t wait to pick up her other books.
Date published: 2014-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good! I just really want to say I usually don't like books but within the first couple of pages of this book I couldn't put it down i loved it so much!!! I don't want to spoil it for you but I will tell u what it's about. It's about this boy who is trying to pretty much regain his life from the point where his brother died. Not gonna say anymore if you want to know what happens you HAVE TO READ IT!!!
Date published: 2014-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down! The Reluctant Journal of Henrey K. Larsen is amazing! I couldn't put it down! It is a very emotional book, that may have you in tears. Henry is just a normal boy, that looks up to what he thinks is the best brother he could think of. But when Henry gets older he starts to realize that his brother is not cool or popular. He is the picked on, a favourite victum of bullies in his highschool. Many surprising and heart breaking things happen then on. Henry needs to cope with what his life has become, and how to fix it. I really love this book! I love the suspense, secrets, and how it relates to things that happen in real life. My favourite part is how the message "don't judge a book by its cover" is conveyed in the story. Henry finds a friend that turns ino his best friend because Henry gave him a chance. I definetly reccomend this book to a friend.
Date published: 2014-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should be in every school The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen was not the book I expected it to be. I had another copy of a Susin Nielsen book - Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom - before received this one and judging from it’s synopsis and her creative titles, I thought I was in for a nice light read, and maybe a few laughs. A did get few laughs but a “nice light read”? Not even close. Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t a criticism. If it had been the book I expected, I probably would have flown through it, enjoyed it, but then it would simply become one of those books that sit on the shelf, forgotten among a sea of titles. Instead, this book is forever cemented in my memory. It made me cry, it made me angry, it made me want to curl up with my puppy until I felt okay again. In light of all the conversations happening right now about gun violence and bullying, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen could not be more timely. Henry Larsen is the brother of a bully victim AND also the perpetrator of a violent crime. Told in the form of Henry’s journal entries, I think this book does an amazing job of exploring the situation for a variety of perspectives and ideas. The Larsen family, the victim’s family, the media, the community. This book is a fair and honest account. I don’t think it makes any excuses for anything that happens, but does it’s best to present all the information and let the reader decide for themselves. That being said, it’s hard not to like Henry. He’s charming but also afraid. I wanted to be his friend but I also wanted to wrapped my arms around him and squeeze as tightly as possible. I instantly felt like I could relate to him – especially since we were both Reach for the Top members (trivia for the win!). Susin Nielsen nails his voice. He seemed so real when I was reading – at times it really felt like I had stolen some poor boy’s journal. I think The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen is an important book for students to read. Especially those struggling with bullying, or those simply trying to fit in. I also think it’s an important book for parents and teachers to read. This book confronts a lot of issues that we all should be thinking about and it would be an excellent way to get the conversation started. And it’s a Canadian setting! This may not seem like a big deal, but little references to things like the Superstore, Reach for the Top and familiar cities, could really help this book resonate with Canadian students. It may help them realize that these things can happen here too and not just in far away cities. Recommendation: The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen is more than just a memorable read. It’s a life changing, necessary read and I personally think that it should be on hand in every high school across Canada. But be warned – you may find tears rolling down your cheeks before the book is through. This and other reviews at More Than Just Magic (
Date published: 2012-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Laughed. I Cried. I Loved This Novel. After completely falling in love with Susin Nielsen's Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom a couple of years ago, I couldn't contain my excitement when I got my hands on her new novel. I wasn't too sure what to make of the rather obscure book cover at first, but the premise immediately reeled me in and I couldn't tear my eyes away from its compelling pages. The cover really does make much more sense once you begin reading the novel, tying into aspects about Henry's life really well... In the wake of a terrible moment which shatters the Larsen family apart, Henry reluctantly begins to confide his thoughts in a journal his therapist gives him. Henry puts up a good front with his sarcastic remarks, but he's really a lonely boy who's still struggling to come to terms with his older brother's actions and trying to return to some semblance of normality after "IT". The subject matter may be the darkest of Susin Nielsen's novels yet, but there's a refreshing honesty in her storytelling that is also humorous and absolutely heartwarming. Bullying has affected Henry's life in so many ways, yet even when he feels angry at the world, there's still a certain innocence and charm about this thirteen year-old boy that just makes you smile and also hope he never loses it. With the help of his new school friends, Farley and Alberta, and some well-meaning neighbours at his new home, Henry slowly overcomes his grief and learns to open himself up to others again. With a quirky cast of characters and a thought-provoking storyline, Susin Nielsen's latest novel is a gem you don't want to miss. If you have ever been bullied in your life, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen will especially strike a chord within your heart. I was completely touched and moved to tears at times, yet smiling like crazy at other moments, a feat I'm not sure how Susin Nielsen manages, but she truly does! I laughed. I cried. Susin Nielsen's The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen is an absolute must-read for everyone. You can also read this review at:
Date published: 2012-09-11

Editorial Reviews

WINNER - Governor General's Award - Children's Literature (2012)FINALIST - BC Book Prizes’ Sheila A. Egoff  Children’s Literature Prize PRAISE FOR The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen: ". . . With fully developed adult and child characters and a solid sense of middle school humor, the author has crafted an insightful and nuanced novel about bullying and suicide, and familial love and resilience." --Starred Review, School Library Journal". . . a highly emotional story about a family that blames one another, and themselves, for an unimaginable tragedy. Nielsen’s balance of humor and pathos is finely honed, making this a surprisingly breezy read for so heavy a topic." --Booklist". . . A realistic, poignant portrait of one teen who overcomes nearly unbearable feelings of grief and guilt." --Kirkus Reviews"The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen is an engaging grief story. Thought-provoking and relevant, it addresses the effects of bullying in a realistic, compelling and compassionate way, exemplifying the adage ‘There are two sides to every story.’ Henry’s journey is moving and weirdly, wildly funny." --Jury’s Citation, Governor General’s Literary Award in Children’s Text". . .Words and writing are often a salvation in Nielsen’s YA fiction. Henry is forced to keep a journal by his therapist; he is at first reluctant, then obsessive about it. A born diarist, he exhibits the idiosyncratic voice of a memoirist, one keenly interested in documenting both his inner and outer worlds. He captures both with humour and heart. . . . Yet the novel is a dramedy, and believably balances lightness and darkness. It is a shame when the reader must put down the journal and say goodbye to Henry." --The National Post"Nielsen treats a heavy subject with a light, optimistic touch, and while Henry’s passion and distress are evident, his wacky commitment to ‘Saturday Night Smash-up’ and his own ironic, yet earnest, perspective leavens the serious subject matter." --The Toronto Star ". . . Henry’s is a tough story to read and I can only imagine how hard it was to write it. But it’s one that really needs to be heard. And honestly, I couldn’t have pictured anyone but Nielsen telling it." --Lavender Lines