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Escape and Reverse (Kindle Single) (Ploughshares Solos Book 5) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 334 KB
  • Print Length: 41 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ploughshares / Emerson College (November 27, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 27, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AERFSW4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #982,906 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Although I have only just started reading it, given its Iron Range setting and wrestling themes it promises to be a highly engaging and rewarding work of fiction. Update now that I finished: The description of the state of being a wrestler really fits my memories from high school. On meet day they were like a pack of moody, starving wolves. The description of the Range and high school sports brought me back in time - nicely written.
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Chelsey Johnson takes the familiar "coming-of-age" genre and breathes new life into it, subverting expectations and twisting well-worn tropes about a high school wrestler's attempt to understand his own burgeoning sexuality. Her visceral and sensual prose effectively captures Jake's adolescence, a time in which both violence and lust are pretty much intertwined. Highly readable, this story is definitely recommended.
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By Emily TN on December 13, 2012
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Escape and Reverse skillfully addresses some painful realities of coming of age in a small town. It is a well-written and highly enjoyable read!
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Chelsey Johnson's "Escape and Reverse" is a beautifully woven story that doesn't sacrifice language, care, and precision despite its plot-driven composition. Her details are lovely, from Jake's diet Dew to every description of his body and movements. The story itself would resist any attempt to simplify and disentangle it from all the intersecting themes and problems. The action in the story moves at the perfect pace: slow enough that we get to take in all the lovely details, and fast enough that I stayed engaged enough to consume the whole thing in one sitting last night. Chelsey's story satisfies our current needs for both intellectual stimulation and drama. I grew attached to Jake within just a few moments of starting the story; I couldn't get enough of this world of mining towns, wrestling diets, and adolescent sexual tension. With everything that happens on the page, it sounds overwhelming, but it reads like the perfect meal: satisfying but not too filling, new but not alien, and a blend of complimentary, diverse tastes.
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This story stayed with me for days afterward. The characterization and language are vivid and the pain of adolescence is very poignantly portrayed. We see the subtleties in human behavior that Jake does not yet understand and we see where he is going before he gets there, yet we experience it all intensely through his eyes and from his point of view every step of the way.
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Escape and Reverse is the sort of story that works its arms around the reader quietly, pinning you unawares in the best kind of headlock. It's subtle writing capable of melting into a flourish without ever reaching too far, or seeming forced. Beautiful work, and another venerable entry for the Ploughshares Solos series.
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"Escape and Reverse" is a gemlike coming of age story that touches with amazing delicacy on questions of how we build our identities--regional, class, sexual, gendered, interest--as we shift from late adolescence to the start of adulthood. I've re-read it twice.
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The sample I read of the book was good, it would have gotten 5 stars. The beginning flowed well, was well written and set up the story nicely. However, as the book progressed it began to become clear how it would end. There were telltale signs of what would happen in the end and that took away from the overall story. There were so many details in the beginning and great character development that it all seemed to go to waste. Overall, this was a quick read that wasn't too deep but was something to read so it served it's purpose.
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