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Reviewed by Essien Asian for Readers' Favorite
Mick and Brady share a fellowship akin to that of blood brothers which comes from three years of participating in everything as a unit. Brady has reservations about Alex, another member of the group whose disturbing background and dark habits do little to endear him to others. Matters come to a head when Alex involves the gang in what they believe will be their biggest score yet. These young men are about to find out that they are completely unprepared for what they are walking into and must deal with the consequences in Richard R. Becker’s Third Wheel.
A young man discovers the harsh realities of coming of age in Third Wheel. Richard R. Becker's storyline incorporates the tough culture of binge drinking and over-the-top drug use that has gradually become popular with urban youth. Brady’s tendency to rationalize every situation he gets into despite his obvious failings makes him the perfect flawed hero. He understands what is expected even if he is frequently unable to meet those standards. Becker does well to flesh out a deeper understanding of the dynamics within Brady’s group of friends using conversations that hint at the direction the novel will take. The romantic subplot between Brady and Cheryl softens the somber tone with its authentic depiction of a typical boy's first romantic encounter. The best part is the way Becker’s storytelling technique incorporates realistic characters and subplots into a vivid story that is as engaging as it is thought-provoking. Becker deserves plaudits for the effort that went into creating this book and I enjoyed reading it.