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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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"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)
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David D. Wood, Ph.D. - Child Clinical Psychologist
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.
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.
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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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!Published on May 27, 2014 by Peggi Ann
The book anyway, has a great middle I'm eleven so I know how he feels. Me, being me and all, well I wish max remains mad max and still likes Kim, Connor, and Brice.Published on January 25, 2013 by William Goldberg
I thoroughly enjoyed Anyway!! Mr. Salm is an excellent writer, who captures the "tween" time perfectly. I would
recommend this book to any one who remembers their adolescence. Read more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It brought me right back to my childhood and remembering that feeling of angst wrapped up with the thrill of adventure. Read morePublished on August 21, 2012 by Keryn
Remember a time when you could laze away a summer afternoon watching clouds waft by? Just like that, I dropped into my childhood years, floating away a not-a-care-in-the-world... Read morePublished on July 20, 2012 by flo pierce