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Growing Up Wired [Kindle Edition]

David Wallace Fleming
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

How will relationships change in the age of the internet?

Victor likes to admire his girlfriends' online pictures. These girls can't seem to stop posting self shots to Facebook and all the social sites. Soon all the young men in his fraternity are competing for the attention of these online, amateur pinups.

The classic problems of maturity are complicated for Victor by a set of new challenges. He struggles with smartphones, text-games, recreational pharmaceuticals, porn addiction, reversed gender roles and a motley crew of well-meaning yet misguided mentors.

The technological quandaries get even more confusing in the maelstrom of booze, drugs and social competition. He gets in fights, pops pills and embarks on a quest to learn why young women post so many pictures and why guys can't stop themselves from looking?

He might just find a girl to fall in love with - on both sides of the camera. Throughout these discoveries, he wonders: What kind of love is this? ... the wired kind.


Editorial Reviews

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"I was completely and utterly entranced by Growing Up Wired. I devoured it as quickly as possible, unable to put it down." ~ Julie Odron, Reading by the Beach

"...a very interesting modern take on the typical coming of age story, and I have to say I think it was very well done." ~ Justin, Literary Adventures from the Jersey Shore

"In many ways the main character of 'Growing Up Wired' and his life dilemmas reminded me of The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger." ~Serafima Bogomolova, Author of My Trickster

"The first chapter, the last chapter and a couple of chapters in the middle are brilliant." ~ Bob Cherny, LL Book Review

"This is an entertaining read." ~ Lori L. Clark, Just Bookin' Around

"... the book really takes off and is quite a page-turner." ~ Anne Cordelia, Amazon Reviewer

"I fell in love with this book." ~ Jana, Amazon Reviewer 

"Mr. Fleming does an admirable job of immersing the reader into what frat life in the digital age of internet interconnectedness has a danger of becoming." ~ D.W. Davis, Young Adult Author of River Dream 

About the Author

David writes a little of everything, but mostly satire and humor. He's been writing fiction for practically his entire life. He writes the kind of stories that he'd like to see written and wants to give readers something special and reflective of the exciting times in which we live.

His short stories have appeared in Out of the Gutter, Escape Velocity and the Bizarro Press. Check out his funny poems at davidwallacefleming.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0989124711
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BYEVDM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,013,043 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Justin reviews "Growing up Wired" April 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This review can also be found at jerseyguyscanread.blogspot.com :)

Growing Up Wired is a very interesting modern take on the typical coming of age story, and I have to say I think it was very well done. Overall, I give this 4 out of 5 stars, I did have to take a star off because of the lack of character development in the supporting characters. Moving on...

From the publisher:
How will romantic relationships withstand technology's offer of instant gratification?
While on his computer, Victor Hastings admires the provocative pictures of the girl he's dating.
Meanwhile, she's posting more and more on Facebook and all the social sites.
Now everyone in his cramped fraternity is competing for her.
What kind of love is this?
The wired kind.

My review:
I received a digital copy of this book from the author, after listening to a few of the short stories from his audiobook Not From Concentrate (I've reviewed the first 6 of 12 stories, this is the link) and wanting to read more by him. I was not let down, as this story was catchy, interesting, and eye-opening. David does a great job integrating 21st century technology into a 'boy meets world' kind of plot. Victor Hastings spends more time on his computer browsing virtual women than he does meeting real women through his fraternity. This comes to a head when he's forced to deal with real people, face to face. Can he handle social life, or is he destined to fail and remain plugged in to the world?

I think David created some likable (or at least personable) characters in Victor and The Snitz, but I feel like most of the other minor and supporting characters fell, well, flat.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Can Man February 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is an entertaining read. It makes you wonder why we post things in our profiles online for the whole world to see and if we stop to think about the consequences these things could hold for us in the future. Applying for a job at a daycare center? But what about those photos of your bare boobs out there for God and (God-Forbid) your grandma to see?

Victor genuinely likes Erin and now every red-blooded male on campus is lusting after her because she's put herself "out there." Interesting take on the "wired" age of technology. This is an easy, entertaining read that some people might find eye-opening. I predict good things for David. There is one thing that I didn't like about the book, the cover. Sorry.

Oh, and the Can Man thing -- I'm pretty sure everyone in or from Iowa will understand that and think to themselves... "Our town has/had one of those!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read I look forward for more from David Fleming January 16, 2013
By Jana
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a must read. Instead of going into a full mid life crisis buying a sports car, divorcing your wife, start dating the nanny who is half your age just buy David Flemming's book Growing up Wired and avoided this embarrassing scenario. He will take you back not only to remember his journey, but because his style of writing is unique and takes the reader through his eye's, it is a therapy for all you men seeking to wreak havoc in your lives as you can live it over and over in this great book.

Its a great read for young ladies who should read this as a cautionary tail. Even if I were like the young ladies who had the forturne or misfortune?, of running into mr. Flemmings (for ladies they all exist and will fall in love with a tree as long as it has movement in those years their hormones still mess with their young heads) It is wiser to keep your nose in your books and have unrealistic crushes on your professors.

To the rest: I fell in love with this book though I really at first put it on the back burner really wondering could this really be that interesting. I would have missed out greatly hadn't I opened up the book, even with one eye open at first. I found before I knew it I was lost in someone else's world that seldom get me so entranced that my intention of reading a couple of chapters turned into reading the entire book and saying wait...where's the next one it cannot be done really? If you are reading this Mr. Flemming you have an enchanted fan and life long reader now. Please do the responsible thing and come out with another book before I lose my mind in suspense in what you have next.

David congradulations on writing and publishing a wonderful book. I don't usually give out great reviews.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wired Poet March 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
In many ways the main character of "Growing Up Wired" and his life dilemmas reminded me of The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger (published in 1951). However, the difference between Victor Hastings and Holden Caulfield is that Victor is much more of a 'fighter', surprisingly so, as his character is more of a sensitive, poetic, and humanistic nature. To me Victor seems to be the only one in the fraternity who has some feelings and who is looking for more than just a casual sex. He seems to be more alive than his college mates and though he is addicted to online 'pleasures' he is also quite honest with himself about his addiction. I also like the conflict between the religion and some dogmas based 'traditions' and challenges of a fast paced technologically advanced present that the boys face and struggle in the process of growing up into men.

I would not call it a love story, though, as there was no love their at all, just lost and confused boys and girls and their psychological problems, the escape from which they found online.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book
I have many astounding thoughts about this book. Within each chapter, I found myself giggling incessantly. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Carl McKever
1.0 out of 5 stars not my kind of read
the book is written well but it was not to my taste it would probably be good for some one younger
Published 21 months ago by Deborah DeWitt
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it
How would react to hearing the girl you're interested in hook up with your fraternity brother? We follow Victor through a year at college as he falls deeper into the technological... Read more
Published 21 months ago by J. Libby
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like it
Not my cup of tea. Moved too slow for me. Not a lot of story just a bunch of frat boys talking about nothing. Got about 1/3 through and quit
Published 22 months ago by Clement A. Gallo
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful!
I was allowed to read "Growing Up Wired" for free in exchange for my reviewI! When I first began to read it, I wasn't too keen on the subject, and thought that it would be... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Dana S Talkington
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing Look at College Life in the Digital Age
Mr. Fleming does an admirable job of immersing the reader into what frat life in the digital age of internet interconnectedness has a danger of becoming. Read more
Published 22 months ago by D. W. Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story but needs massive grammatical editing
I happened upon this book while browsing through the available free titles for Kindle. It caught my interest as a mom. Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by Suka
4.0 out of 5 stars Growing Up Wired
While Growing Up Wired is a decidedly hi-tech coming of age novel, any potential reader must be warned that its title implies a far broader exploration of technology in everyday... Read more
Published on April 30, 2012 by Cleye
5.0 out of 5 stars Great explorations of our over-sharing society!
Dave Fleming has spent so much time thinking of the future consequences of our technological and hyper-connected society. Read more
Published on April 1, 2012 by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing Up Wired
Growing Up Wired is almost like a college experience all rolled into one book. Drugs, drinking, sex, porn and a generation obsessed with technology. Read more
Published on February 22, 2012 by Reading By The Beach
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David writes satire and humor within a variety of genres. He writes the kind of stories that he'd like to see written and wants to give readers something special and reflective of the exciting times in which we live.

His short stories have appeared in Out of the Gutter, Escape Velocity and the Bizarro Press.

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