29. Up to Low

Up to Low by Brian Doyle
First book of The Low Life

Pages: 116
Finished: Feb. 9, 2008
Reason for Reading: YA Challenge
First Published: 1982
Genre: YA fiction
Awards: CLA Book of the Year
Rating: 3/5

First Sentence:

We hadn't been up to Low since my mother died two years before.

Comments: This little book is more than that it seems at first glance. Ultimately it is the story of a boy's first love and his new understanding of death. Set in the 1950's Gatineau Hills country of Quebec, the book concerns an Irish family. Told in a tall tale format, the narrative is exaggerated and over the top until it takes a more serious tone near the end. At times funny, at others profound, I enjoyed this little book and will be trying more by the author.


  1. Sounds like an interesting book. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for your review.


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