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Lost in the '90s Paperback – April 5, 2012
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"Lost in the '90s offers a historical snapshot and sweeping theme that things often aren't as bad as they seem." -- Metro Times (Detroit)
"LOST IN THE '90s is a humorous and touching coming-of-age novel filled with modern day and past pop culture that may appeal, not only to teens and young adults, but also their parents... Author Frank Anthony Polito's writing is smooth and accurately captures the jargon and social consciousness of the '90s in addition to modern day techno-speak, with its SMS language acronyms." [5 stars] -- IndieReader
"This novel was nothing like what I thought as I started reading it. I loved it! The 'back to the future' theme has been done before, but Frank Anthony Polito has written a wonderful novel that caught my attention and interest from the first page... The characters were fun, interesting and we cared about them. I loved all of the scene setting '90s references from music to television to other cultural things." -- 20th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards
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More About the Author
His plays ANOTHER DAY ON WILLOW ST and BAND FAGS! (based on his novel) have been produced in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dayton, Omaha, Annapolis, and New York City, where he resided for 18 years. His other writing has been featured in Instinct magazine and online at The Advocate.com and AfterElton.com. He is also a regular contributor to the popular New York City lifestyle blog Kenneth in the 212.
Frank grew up in the Detroit suburb of Hazel Park and currently resides in Pleasant Ridge with his partner, Craig Bentley. Readers can visit him on the web at www.frankanthonypolito.com
Top Customer Reviews
Kurt's life got flipped-turned upside down
And I'd like to take minute
Just sit right there
I'll tell you how Kurt became proud
of his town called Hazel Park.
Ok, so it doesn't EXACTLY rhyme along with the Fresh Prince theme song, but hey I gave it a shot.
No lie, Kurt's life does get flipped upside down when he takes an adrenaline filled stage dive during Hillbilly High's "Lost in the '90s" dance. Soon after he meets two teens from different walks of life. But unknown to all involved this pair of teens will be the most important people in Kurt's life. They might even help him find his way and tackle a very important problem in his future.
Polito weaves an entertaining and nostalgic (to those of us lucky enough to experience the '90s in their full glory) tale of love. Not just romantic love, but love of friends and the importance of family. The tale brings back memories of just how much our society has changed yet remained true to our roots in these past 20 years. Lost in the '90s poses the question, if we could step back in time and experience the world as our parents saw it, how would it change our feelings about the world at current.
Lost in the '90s is full of trivia and nods to all the things that made the '90s so great. The fashion, the music, the language. All of these things explode in this treasure of a novel. No cell phones, no Internet, and music was just then available on Compact Disc. As the story is narrated through three distinct voices, we see that not everything is so cut and dry when it comes to our future. Sometimes we have to make tough choices before we believe we are ready. And these decisions will shape who we are as a whole.Read more ›
Kurt is the son of two "children" of the '90s and through a mix up with his allergy medicine is transported back to April of 1994. At first, Kurt is understandably confused when he wakes up in his high school with some major differences (do schools still have pay phones?) Soon he finds himself tangled in the origins of his own story, the courtship of his parents. This crazy premise works because Polito doesn't worry about the physics of such a journey but focuses on the tremendous transformation of the world in less than 20 years. The story is compelling and interesting. The '90s references highlighted throughout lend nostalgia and humor to keep it light. From the dedication at the beginning "To My Parents" through the entire story, this novel is as much about the parents as it is about the children. The story shows us that we make decisions during a moment in time and though our lives may turn out differently than we had expected, we still wouldn't change anything if we had the chance.
"Lost in the 90s" is a novel full of heart. The characters are interesting and funny. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to read a charming story about the struggles of growing up in any decade.
What follows is a fantastic look at life in the 90s, told in the narrative voices of three different characters, weaving through the story of Kurt's discovery about his family's past. As he did with his previous two books, Band Fags and Drama Queers, Polito gives each of his narrators a distinct voice, showcasing his talent for making his characters come alive.
Polito has a love for pop culture and it shows. Nearly every page of the book refers to a popular trend of the 90s. From Family Matters to Kurt Cobain, Polito takes the reader on a journey that is as much a snapshot of history as it is a boy's familial discoveries. I can guarantee you that before the end of the novel, those who remember it will be humming a certain song uncontrollably.
Whether you were there living what happened in the 90s or have just heard stories from your `rents, Lost in the 90's is sure to please.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a bummer! Jilted writing. Little flow. Gratuitous cringe-worthy, generic slang, fitted in just about everywhere. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Avid Reader
I really enjoyed this book, it was such a fun read. It you enjoyed the Back To The Future movies you will love this book.Published 20 months ago by kcgirl77
I loved the story and the concept. It was a little reminiscent of "Back to the Future" which the author actually does acknowledge at times in the book. Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Lost in the 90's is one nostalgic trip down memory lane. I loved it.
This is a fast paced and fun read. I particularly loved the voice. Read more
I picked up the Kindle version of "Lost in the 90's" after seeing a blog post by the author on a website. Read morePublished on July 27, 2012 by Brandon Myers
I'll make this short and sweet...."Lost in the '90s" is just plain fun. Interesting plot that makes you think, makes you laugh, and most important, makes you sorry when the book... Read morePublished on July 2, 2012 by Jefffrey W. Geddes
When I first heard of this book I was really excited. I was a teenager in the 90s and I thought this should be good for nostalgia. Read morePublished on June 6, 2012 by JennRenee
Ah, the 90's. When Jennifer Aniston was Rachel on `Friends', flannel was a fashion statement and the only Kardashian we had to keep up with was OJ Simpson's lawyer. Read morePublished on April 5, 2012 by Heidi Champa
Disclaimer: This is the third Polito book I've read and the third reviewed. I received this one as an advance copy from the author but I would have bought it anyways. Read morePublished on March 30, 2012 by Geoffrey A. Snyder