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Anyway*: *A Story About Me with 138 Footnotes, 27 Exaggerations, and 1 Plate of Spaghetti Hardcover – May 1, 2012

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"In Max, Salm has created a likable everykid who’s shy and caring, but who also possesses flashes of petulance, goofiness, self-doubt, and—yes—questionable decision making that make him very real. The 138 footnotes, set in a font that resembles hand-lettering, are smoothly integrated into the story and contribute to its easygoing, memoirlike pace."--Publishers Weekly

"Conveys with keen perception the revelations that persona can be a choice and that people tend to take us as we offer ourselves; it’s also sympathetically realistic about the need to calibrate that choice a little in the face of its consequences...The affable yet thoughtful treatment of shifting adolescent identity will ring true with kids thinking about changing their own reps, and it’ll gratify readers that the nice guy definitely doesn’t finish last."--BCCB

"Everything about this book screams summer fun."--The Washington Post

...Salm has penned a deeply innovative tale that takes risks with the genre and succeeds wildly. (San Diego Free Press)

About the Author

Arthur Salm is a former newspaper columnist for the San Diego Union Tribune who now writes books full time.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442429305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442429307
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,638,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
It was a great book. I got this book at seven pm and read till ten pm, and finished it the next day - I found it very hard to put down and I only stopped reading because it was past my bedtime. I wanted it to be longer so I wouldn't finish it so soon. I am 12, the same age as the main character in the book. I enjoyed it because it was so funny and interesting and the story was exciting. I really liked the footnotes which explained parts of the book. I gave a copy of the book to my best friend for his birthday and he also loves it. I am hoping there will be a next one soon.
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Fifty years ago Arthur Salm was my best friend when we were twelve (12!) years old. He was a funny, smart, good guy. We read science fiction by Ray Bradbury and discussed the latest Rod Serling TV episodes. A half century later, I opened Arthur's first book, Anyway, and entered into a very good Twilight Zone. I remembered being twelve, felt it again with the bittersweet distance of time and memory, but it also was "present." If you are a kid, you will relate to this book. If you are an adult, you will feel related to this book. I am fortunate to claim Arthur still as a good friend. I savor our times together as you will savor hanging out with Max and sharing his (mis)adventures and inner monologue. All this time later I realize how it is possible to maintain a friendship so long. Arthur nee Max is just a cool guy, funny, sensitive, thoughtful, eventually and essentially kind, self-deprecating, a great story-teller, and just plain decent. I will recommend Anyway enthusiastically to my patients, their parents, my other friends, possibly even students-trainees one day because it is an excellent read, good recap of "being there," and, well, a mostly true story. By the way, Arthur, if you ever read this review, "Tag, got you last!"
David D. Wood, Ph.D. - Child Clinical Psychologist
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I'm not a big fan of young adult literature, but I heard good things about this book and decided to buy it. I'm glad I did. I was thoroughly entertained by Max, aka Mad Max, who reinvents himself at summer camp and goes from being shy and predictable to loud and "out there." A funny story and also touching. The footnotes are plentiful and most are a hoot! I would like to see the further adventures of this kid.
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What a delightful book for everyone. Salm manages to navigate the scary waters between being a fun kid and being a bad one, knowing girls and liking girls, being 12 and being 13 -- that age when everyone is looking (footnote: Nah, they're really not). I enjoyed this so much. The details of an awkward party and another party when the parents come home too soon were just perfect. Max is a very smart kid. Even though he's haunted by a few dumb moves in his past. Everyone can relate to trying to be someone new and finding the real you is always better. Adorable. Enduring. Not a false note in this book and the footnotes just make it even better. I'd give this as a gift to all my favorite Max's!
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Arthur Salm was books editor at the San Diego Union Tribune when I lived as an ex-pat there (from London). His reviews were the only thing I would read in the entire Sunday paper.

He turned me on to David Foster Wallace (whose footnote predeliction pays forward here), David Mitchell (whose Black Swan Green is the closest parallel that comes to mind for this book - though Salm's book is set in a different time and place from where I grew up, it still evokes a similar (dislocated) nostalgia) and Arthur Philips' Egypotologist (nothing to do with this book, but I liked it).

I was done cover to cover in a day (4th of July if that helps). The rhythm of the footnotes settles down after a short while (page turning forward and back on a Kindle is not ideal, but you get used to it).

The voice of Max is (to my ear) very authentic and drew me deeply back in to the delicacy, insecurity and faltering metamorphosis of entering teen years over the summer of first parties, first family holidays with a chink of freedom and first part-time job.

Loved it, hope we see more.
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I read this book on the plane going to the East Coast. By the time I reached where I was going I was deep into my childhood.
The story is about Max in me, and I hope Max in you. The spirit of a great American archetype boy is alive and well in Anyway, and if I have to paraphrase him he'd go like this: "The book was made by Mr. Arthur Salm, and he told the truth, mainly. There was things he stretched, but mainly he told the truth:) "

So, enjoy Anyway*. I know Mark Twain would have.
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Anyway* is just a terrific book that is just the right length and has just the right message hidden in the storyline to make your 8-14 year-old think about its pearls of wisdom truths long after they forget they were ever tweens(1). This is a book for both boys and girls (2). Max is a hard working and harder suffering ordinary kid just trying to survive to adulthood (3). Suddenly he realizes it does not have to be this way and he transforms into Maximillian, aka, Mad Max. Max learns the simple truth that you can become anything you want to be (4), and the even simpler truth that it is all about the choices you make. This book is about going on summer vacation with your parents, but not really (5,6). It is about a turning point when a young boy thinks about the kind of man he wants to become. There is a lot more to this book and we can only hope the young audience it is aimed at will see themselves in Max. The rest of us can only hope we hear more of him, because there are a lot more things to sit on after spaghetti.

1 Did you see how many times I used the word "just" in this sentence. Inside joke.
2 In fact, girls, this book will give you a good start on the long, long road of trying to understand what boys really think and why.
3 Another "just".
4 OMG this is still America, isn't it?
5 I tried to use the word "really" about 10,000 times in this review (including the footnotes) but I couldn't.
6 Another inside joke. Sorry.
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