For the cousin thinking about joining the army: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Ben Fountain
Well, he should at least know what he’s getting into — this book is a look inside the psychology of soldiers and heros that we’ve never seen before. Plus, it’s hilarious. If you need help convincing him to give it a shot, let him know that there are a lot of descriptions of really hot cheerleaders.
If that cousin happens to be a girl, try: The People of Forever are Not Afraid, Shani Boianjiu