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Readers who like sports themes and coming-of-age stories will enjoy the novel Almost Home by Frank Marcopolos.
I enjoyed Marcopolos’ short stories featuring college students Enzo and Shannon in his prior work, the short story collection Infinite Ending.
Enzo, a pitcher at a D-3 school, pursues high-maintenance Jenny, an It Girl he meets at a costume party, and ends up clashing with a cadre of evil frat boys when an unexpected death ruins everyone’s evening.
The tension builds between Enzo and his nemesis Barry, the fraternity president, as they match wits in their mutual pursuit of the girl, various business schemes, and glory on the baseball diamond.
Marcopolos has a penchant for inventive adverbs. The dialogue is full of quick, entertaining banter, and his characters’ voices are distinct.
After reading Infinite Ending, I looked forward to reading more about Enzo and Shannon. Her character is more clingy than she seemed to be in the short stories, but the end of Almost Home suggests there is more to come in Enzo and Shannon’s story.
The book is based around two collage rivals, and whilst on the surface is about baseball and university life, it has a deeper sub-message about growing up and the consequences of the actions we all take in life.
The narrative can be a little bit conversational at times, rather than descriptive, however that is the only real negative that I can raise against the book. The characters are well thought through, even if you don't always find yourself siding with either of them.
I liked how the story jumped from the perspective of one character to the next in alternate chapters. I can imagine such a method working well as a movie, shot in slightly different hues. Who knows, maybe there is a movie script in the making there somewhere!
In summary if you are thinking of buying this book then I'd say "go for it!", it is very entertaining and for those of us who are a bit older, takes you right back to your college days!
Enzo, who appears to be the "nice" boy, immediately falls in love with (or in lust with) Jennifer who happens to be dating Budski. Budski, who runs one of the campus fraternities, just uses Jenny for his own personal gains. Jenny, also known as "Jenny Drama" seems to play with both of them throughout the story.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who has lived the college life, fell in love, survived the ups and downs, and struggled to be something or someone better.
Okay, so now the book is in my Kindle and I feel obligated to at least give it a try. Protagonist is over testosteroned, but I keep turning the pages. Finished the book. It's well written and if it's your sort of thing, you'll like it--a lot.
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