- File Size: 2062 KB
- Print Length: 246 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: North Williams Press; 2nd edition (July 31, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 31, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0137R88H4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,441 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love that this is told in first person from a male POV, something rarely done. The writing is quirky and humorous, the characters all unique and interesting. The adults act like adults (believe it or not, in YA I've read, this is rare), and the kids are kids worth remembering.
For content I offer a warning. It does have strong language, violence, sexual references, and use of controversial social issues, but all are presented to make them reasonably palatable. The story kept the pages turning. I had to know what came next, and frankly, I loved it. It was like eating the perfect slice of pizza, I wanted to slow down and savor it, but in the end, had to rush to eat the last bite.
For parents who trust their teen to interpret real-life situations wisely, I recommend this for 16 and up. It is not for sensitive readers, however, or those who take offense easily.
Nathan's prose as a writer is strong in his character of Jimmy "Sparks" Lagala, decisively visualized in a 1st person narrative that works to the novels strengths in the end.
Decidedly written with a youthful nature it focuses less on the tropes of high school life and more on the intersection of teenage angst and unrequited love and ambition as it seeks to identify what makes a man, when you have no discernible guides to guide you.
Though the journey gets a bit messy along the way at no point does it ever seem as though there is no hope, which In the end seems to be the main through line in Jimmy's journey from inassociable nerd to prideful anti hero and in the end to altruistic hero.
It inspires, it laughs and in the end is altogether a worthy read.
I throughly enjoyed this book, from cover to cover. Everything from the subject of adolescence and all that it brings. To the inclusion of organized crime.
The vivid story telling done by Nathan Aylor had me feeling like I was the one experiencing "Sparky's" incredible journey. Word flow and great word choice made me not put this book down.
For a first novel this author blew it out of the park. I can't wait to see what else he will bring to the table. So I highly recommend you give this book a read. You will not regret it.