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My Best Friend is a Wookiee: One Boy's Journey to Find His Place in the Galaxy Hardcover – September 18, 2010

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In a galaxy right under his nose, a pants-peeing boy of seven experienced a rebirth while watching The Empire Strikes Back. From this "first kiss" a lifelong love affair begins, and Pacitti is entertainingly adept at finding a Star Wars parallel for almost any life experience, including his Jabba-like, playground-ruling enemy from second grade. Just as Luke Skywalker struggled to become a Jedi, Pacitti fights the dark side of depression and heartbreak, finding solace in a distant galaxy where the good guys don't always win. Though the recent prequel trilogy ("six years and seven-ish hours of crap" nowhere near justified by 20 minutes of "kind of neat") proves to be his ultimate heartbreak. Pacitti's prose is often perfunctory and, though he earns his nerd badge, bloated plot summaries and snarky commentary tarnish its shine. But when he taps into his personal experience Pacitti writes with honesty, enthusiasm, and occasional hilarity. Many a Star Wars fan will find charm in this familiar story; those who don't know their Wars from their Trek may be carried along by a deeply-examined connection to pop culture. (Sept.)
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About the Author

Tony Pacitti has written for as a features writer and video game reviewer and has had his short science fiction published at He has been the writer for the online comics RoboPlanet and The Silencer at Pandemonium Comics.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (September 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440505837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440505836
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,804,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Slick Rick's Ball and Chain on August 20, 2010
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At first I was skeptical that I wouldn't understand this book. I am not a huge Star Wars fan. I haven't even seen all the movies. I was pretty sure this book might be all about Darth Vader and Storm Troopers, and this fanboy's crush on Princess Leia.
I was pleasantly surprised at how relatable this book was to someone such as myself. Tony shares his experiences with growing up geek, which is something I think most people have dealt with at one point or another in their lives. From mud throwing bullies, to awkward teenage romances, this book really shows someone growing into their nerdy-ness, and being completely comfortable with it. A hilarious memoir that anyone who is geek (or closet geek for that matter) will love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tigger VINE VOICE on March 25, 2011
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Possibly one of the funniest, warmest and most engaging books I've ever had the pleasure to read. Picked it up at the library as I was glancing over the new release shelf, and just grabbed it out of curiosity over the title. I didn't even intend to check it out, but am so glad I did.

Essentially an autobiography of someone we otherwise wouldn't know anything about, this is a hilarious and heart-warming coming-of-age story framed in the author's fascination with all things Star Wars. Tony Pacitti wasn't even born when the first (now known as the 4th episode) Star Wars movie came out, so he had no real-time experience with the world-wide cultural phenomenon it quickly grew into back in the late 70's and early 80's, although he would get to live it in its second incarnation with the release of the three prequels. His introduction to Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C3P0 and gang came about via his mother and a classic case of boy-style bullying. After suffering through yet another barrage of mud bombs launched by a group of older boys in the neighborhood, Tony is consoled by an old VHS copy of The Empire Strikes Back that his mother pops into the VCR. Voila, a Star Wars fanboy was born. His life became, in large part, a quest to learn about and immerse himself in the World o' Lucas.

He tells his story, from childhood through college and into adulthood - but mostly childhood and those awkward pre-teen/early teen years - and lets the reader in on a lot of personal and painful history, including his experiences being bullied, moving to a new town, trying desperately to fit in, smoking his first cigarette, falling in love, and finally finding his niche. If ever there was a story about the value of being yourself, this is it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Kirshenblatt on November 15, 2010
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Like a few reviewers here, I didn't really know what to think when I saw this at the bookstore so close to the comics section of Indigo. So I flipped through a few pages -- like some prospective readers do when deciding whether or not a book is worth buying -- and what I found in there was infinitely relatable to my experiences growing up, and growing up with Star Wars.

Tony Pacitti's narrative is extremely conversational, caustic and witty, and filled with Star Wars metaphors that always seem to refer back to the films. Sometimes, even for a tremendous fan like myself, it can almost seem like there are too many metaphors yet the parallels he invokes are very striking, sometimes even heartbreaking. Through the lens of Star Wars and the ever-mythical struggle of Light verses Darkness, Pacitti talks about everything from childhood bullying, to friendships, early and failed romances, missed chances, adolescent angst, card-collecting, comics reading, college, disappointment, hope, and a place that might initially seem like escapism but ultimately is an ideal in itself: perhaps a coping mechanism, but also a mythological teacher that puts certain essential constants into perspective.

I think what really sticks out at me is the idea that to Tony Pacitti and other fans, Star Wars is both the teacher that guides and ultimately in some ways has to be surpassed. To borrow a Star Wars metaphor, it is like the kindly Jedi Master who guides your first steps into a larger world or context, and then the twisted Sith Master that in an act of Nietzschean overcoming you have to throw down a Death Star shaft to achieve full circle for yourself.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Pugatch on September 12, 2010
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Tony wrote a coming of age story that any of us can relate to. From the trying to figure yourself out through puberty and discovering girls to hanging on to old childhood pastimes while becoming an adult in college. He writes with a style that comes off as conversation over coffee rather than a book or lecture. How many times while reading page after page I thought, "that happened to me!" From the girl holding you back that all your friends hated to the girl I didn't have the balls to kiss after watching a movie in bed with (her name will be nameless since she is a close friend of Tony's.) I have had the honor to go to the same college, write for the same newspaper, and SouthCoast 24/7 as well, all years before Tony but our experiences were the same, he inspired me to think about writing a memoir myself. Our love for Star Wars always in our hearts, how can we not relate to him. He writes from the heart and naturally that's where it affects us the readers most. It is refreshing to hear another fanboy HATED the prequel trilogy as much as I did. Anyone whom grew up in the 80s or 90s can relate to his story even if they weren't a Star Wars fan. Well done Tony, and please write us another book.
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