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The Leap Year Boy Paperback – May 20, 2013
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This is his debut novel and I wonder two things:
Where has this remarkable writer been hiding?
Will we be seeing more of his works soon?
The Leap Year Boy is the most touching story I've read for as long back as I can recall. If I were to stop now, my praise would be sufficient, but as the outstanding writer that he is, Simon gives us so much more than just a good story as he presents a panorama of history, characterizations and pathos, all blended together so well that each page amazes more than the previous one.
Alex Miller was born at home on February 29, 1908. Born at full term he weighed just two pounds, one ounce and he grew at only one quarter of the expected rate. His development, as it intertwines with the other characters that Simon so deftly introduces us to, makes for a human drama that only a gifted mind could create.
Other reviews have discussed the plot and sub-plots, so I will stop here. Read all the reviews and then add The Leap Year Boy to your CART. You will be glad you did. Don't forget to gift it to someone you know appreciates a good read.
*Beware of possible Spoilers*
The writing in this story is spectacular, absolutely 5 stars, story was interesting, the reason for 4 stars was the abrupt ending. I would really like to know what happens to Alex. I noticed that it has Sci-fi and fantasy tags and I had it on my tags, too. However, after reading the story, there was only really the one thing that would have made those tags appropriate. When Alexs' arms grew so much overnight, then later his legs. Super light on the sci-fi/fantasy, but a great story and well worth reading.
If you are looking for a book with likeable characters, this book doesn't have many and yet I found myself liking or at least understanding each character at times. The author has fleshed out the characters in such a detailed way, that even the most unlikeable character had some redeeming quality. I won't get into the wacky folks, because they are all so well written by the author , that I would just be bumbling about trying to describe them.
With full disclosure, I think that Alex will have a much bigger impact on other readers, but my life is and has been full of working and being around children and adults that have very unique features, macrocephalia , microcephlia, missing limbs or extra limbs, learning styles that are very much outside of the norm. One other thing I think that the parents would not have told people so openly how old Alex was when they were outside of their own neighborhood, in those days, it would have been something they would have kept secret when they could. Those were the times.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a book that’s difficult to categorize, and even more difficult to put down once you’ve gotten into the story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by JW Kerwin, author of Slow Death in the Fast Lane
I thought this was a wonderful story, a little sad but written very well. I truly got to know Alex and his family, I wanted a better outcome for him but nonetheless enjoyed the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Geraldine Kentgen
Our book club had a very good discussion. We all thought it was an interesting story.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Marc Simon is truly a gifted author. I was completely mesmerized by baby Alex. While reading I found myself turning back to the front cover to gaze at this adorable little boy. Read morePublished 14 months ago by P. Jones
Well written... just not my type of book. Met the author.... which made it more interesting!Published 16 months ago by R Gibson Laemel
When I started reading this book, I wasn't sure I'd connect with the characters because of their quirks and foibles. Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by Nan Higgins
It was interesting and boring at the same time.I found it very easy to put it down then pick it up a day or 2 laterPublished on January 20, 2014 by Marsha
Loved this book. Great writing! Wonderful story. The characaters are so basic yet they are involved in odd circumstances that weave through life in PIttsburgh in the beginning of... Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by Susan C. Zelenal