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Anyway*: *A Story About Me with 138 Footnotes, 27 Exaggerations, and 1 Plate of Spaghetti Hardcover – May 1, 2012
"In Max, Salm has created a likable everykid who’s shy and caring, but who also possesses flashes of petulance, goofiness, self-doubt, and—yes—questionable decision making that make him very real. The 138 footnotes, set in a font that resembles hand-lettering, are smoothly integrated into the story and contribute to its easygoing, memoirlike pace."--Publishers Weekly
"Conveys with keen perception the revelations that persona can be a choice and that people tend to take us as we offer ourselves; it’s also sympathetically realistic about the need to calibrate that choice a little in the face of its consequences...The affable yet thoughtful treatment of shifting adolescent identity will ring true with kids thinking about changing their own reps, and it’ll gratify readers that the nice guy definitely doesn’t finish last."--BCCB
"Everything about this book screams summer fun."--The Washington Post
...Salm has penned a deeply innovative tale that takes risks with the genre and succeeds wildly. (San Diego Free Press)
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Arthur Salm is a former newspaper columnist for the San Diego Union Tribune who now writes books full time.
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He turned me on to David Foster Wallace (whose footnote predeliction pays forward here), David Mitchell (whose Black Swan Green is the closest parallel that comes to mind for this book - though Salm's book is set in a different time and place from where I grew up, it still evokes a similar (dislocated) nostalgia) and Arthur Philips' Egypotologist (nothing to do with this book, but I liked it).
I was done cover to cover in a day (4th of July if that helps). The rhythm of the footnotes settles down after a short while (page turning forward and back on a Kindle is not ideal, but you get used to it).
The voice of Max is (to my ear) very authentic and drew me deeply back in to the delicacy, insecurity and faltering metamorphosis of entering teen years over the summer of first parties, first family holidays with a chink of freedom and first part-time job.
Loved it, hope we see more.
David D. Wood, Ph.D. - Child Clinical Psychologist
1 Did you see how many times I used the word "just" in this sentence. Inside joke.
2 In fact, girls, this book will give you a good start on the long, long road of trying to understand what boys really think and why.
3 Another "just".
4 OMG this is still America, isn't it?
5 I tried to use the word "really" about 10,000 times in this review (including the footnotes) but I couldn't.
6 Another inside joke. Sorry.
recommend this book to any one who remembers their adolescence. Perfect Summer read!!