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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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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: #1,536,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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He was a funny, smart, good guy.
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I enjoyed it because it was so funny and interesting and the story was exciting.
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It's a book that all ages can enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Theo on May 8, 2012
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D Wood on May 5, 2012
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By San Diego Expat on May 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By queuester on July 5, 2012
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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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It was so good
It was very funny
5 star rating
I would read it again if I had too
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I went to junior high and high school with Arthur Salm. My mom, sister and I shopped at his parent's dress shop. The book is really cute and so much like Arthur!
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By jj on June 17, 2013
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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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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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