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I didn't enjoy the opening introductions because they felt really forced to me, but after that, I enjoyed getting to know Al and friends - and I enjoyed the idea of the mystery/codes etc. While some of the details about his dad were quickly obvious, it was still disappointing to me that the story took a totally different turn from the mystery angle. I was looking forward to the mystery/adventure. I'm trying not to spoil the story, so it's hard for me to write my thoughts completely. I guess the the long and short is that I felt like it became very belabored. Some of the dialogue was just too much. And it seemed that Al sure was an emotional genius for processing some difficult issues quickly. In the end, it just felt like two halves of two different books - like a fun/nostalgic would-be mystery/adventure turned preachy after school special.
Still, I did keep wanting to stay till the end, and I found Al pretty likeable overall. Esp the parts that were just b/t Al and Cammie and Al and his friends were fun. So - it's a solid three, in my opinion.
The story is told from the point of view of a 15 year old boy, Al. The characters are very well developed and I felt that I had a good sense of who they were and how they fit into Al's life. The story kept good pace and kept my attention. I love quotes and this book had several really good ones that I wrote down so I can remember them. It took on some tough topics for a teenager and and allowed Al to make mistakes and allowed him to correct those mistakes.
I look forward to reading more from this author.
This book would be an excellent read for teenagers coming to terms with particular social challenges but you'll have to read the book to discover what those challenges are. This book is funny and nostalgic and poignant and truthful and uplifting. Excellent book that achieves the tricky balance of being equally appealing and "message-worthy" to both teenage and adult readers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author of this book states in his end 'Credits' that he 'doesn’t honestly like writing'. And yet, he persisted for 346 very long, tedious pages it seems. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Beeshon
This book is worth reading. In a way it is just like the story it tells - in ways it is all mixed up until it suddenly comes together and you are the better for having read it.Published 14 months ago by RoseEllen
Okay. Let me begin by copying and pasting the description of this book. According to Goodreads, Alchemy is about how, "The summer of 1984 was a golden time in America. Read morePublished on July 11, 2014 by Chelsea Heidt
I'm a little dense, and didn't get the meaning of the title until the end. But loved every minute reading to get there. It flowed so well, I kept reading and forgetting the time. Read morePublished on July 5, 2014 by Roberta Wilkerson
Mike Wood's debut novel Alchemy was a refreshing tale that had sat unread on my Kindle for a long time and I wish I'd gotten around to reading earlier. Read morePublished on February 14, 2014 by James N Simpson
This is a good read. The story and plot are very well thought out and written. It is definitely worth the read.Published on November 18, 2013 by KERRY M PAWLING
As a mom, I'm always looking for a goods book for my son to read. This is a hit! I love the characters and the way the author gives each of them a depth and interest to make them... Read morePublished on August 7, 2013 by Mom of 3
I really enjoyed this book. I read during a weekend camping trip, and thought it was cute and well written!Published on July 31, 2013 by erin o
Although the story started out rather bouncy, it was tied together quite well. The emotions came through loud and clear, making me laugh and cry. Thanks.Published on July 31, 2013 by Tina Lee
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