Thursday, October 23, 2014
A coming-of-age book for boys
By: Will Weaver
Genre: YA Historical/Realistic Fiction
2 out of 5
This book was a fast read and OK story. The best aspect was that it takes place in 1965, so some of the references are fun. The premise is a mother from a very religious family, similar to the Amish community, encourages her son to get a job at a full service gas station in town. Against her husband’s wishes, she wants him to see other experiences. There he meets many unique individuals and supposedly gets involved in the other side of life. However, I felt the story fell way short. The story needed to go more in-depth about the religious aspects; what they are able to do/not do and how sheltered their life is because I felt he wasn’t exposed to anything unusual for a teenage boy; nor did he act like he was much. I wanted him to be more rebellious.