- File Size: 615 KB
- Print Length: 234 pages
- Publication Date: December 15, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N2SW2K8
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I truly recommend this book (and Two Ways To Sunday). You will spend your time laughing and a little sad.You may even know someone like the main character. Even reading about his misery will keep you involved in the characters life of adventure. A very good read!
Lucas plays by his own rules and does not regard himself as needing to listen to authority figures or having any real responsibility after all that’s what others are for. So, why do so many follow him or feel his someone to befriend? The story of course is told in the first person from Lucas’s point of you and the reader will follow his journey from start to finish learning whether he ever takes on a more adult role in life.
Lucas flashes back to when he and Jackie had an argument about his music when he was supposed to meet her parents and do something with his band. He blew them both off to sing at Leo’s bar. He relates when he does meet them that he hates when anyone initiates a conversation letting you the reader know that he has to be the center of attention and the focus of any discussion has to be what he wants to speak or talk about. It’s a Lucas Me World you might say.
Meet Ralph the guy who is supposed to train him in this exciting job he hates from the start. Ralph is a good guy and if he fails to teach Lucas the ropes of the stockroom it’s his head on the firing chopping block. The world revolves around Lucas as we learn more about his childhood, his relationship with his brother Eddie who had to use his money to bail him out of jail along with his mother for smoking pot. Added in his brother Frankie took heat in school when he refuses to take a hit in the bathroom telling Lucas about it making Lucas feel great that his brother wants to not smoke but be more like him.
Jackie is his fiancé at least for the first part of the book and she seems to worship Lucas but not in a good way always taking his side but when things get tough will she finally dumb him or continue to enable him by doing everything for him including paying his way. He even manages to con Ralph into thinking he has to sprinkle his grandmother’s ashes, needs money to borrow to do it but in reality he needs the money to pay for his new apartment. Cunning, underhanded and even sly in many respects as poor Ralph gets duped in more ways than one.
Flashing back to an incident in school which bothers me as he takes aim at his teacher in third grade for putting him in the back of the room and decides to do a report on Rosa Parks and begins by standing up to Mrs. Blah Blah as he calls her and moves his desk to the front of the room as Rosa did when sitting in the front of the bus. However, the scene is disturbing as the teacher moves his desk back and something happens where Lucas confronts her, falls down claims she hits him and then the class winds up with double homework, a pop quiz and he goes home and relates his version of the story to his mother and other parents complain too and poor Mrs. Blah Blah disappears. Not sure about this one as an educator I think what he tried to do was clever but his disrespect for authority is something that I would never have tolerated and fortunately never had to deal with. Lucas is a true liar first rate and reminds readers that his father left him and his big brother Eddie was now the man of the house. Using drugs was his outlet, trouble with the police and not getting along with anyone basically except his little brother Frankie.
Lucas is brash, rude, on point for what he wants and could care less about the feelings of anyone else as long as they agreed with his point of view. Proposing to Jackie in a bar did not make him look quite romantic or someone that anyone would say yes to Stealing the essentials from work it’s amazing that no one noticed it or that the inventory was not short. Lucas James seemed to feel that he could do as he pleases with no consequences and hoped that no one would care challenge him.
The author created a character that the reader will have to determine whether you identify with him, want to shake him to make him realize that certain realities might need to be realized or just dislike him for his lack of responsibility, disregard for the feelings of others, not taking control of his life and using people to get ahead or stay afloat. Not even showing any remorse for the wrong doings that he does.
Lucas James is a liar and he admits it and when coming to terms with his life he does not seem to want to change. His life is losing Jackie, dealing with his family when he has to go to the hospital, not wanting or caring about the feelings of others.
One scene that says it all is when he is allowed to take his nephew Gus/August out for the day but his uptight mother gives him a list of don’ts and no do’s. The kid loves his uncle because he can eat whatever he wants, watch TV but taking him to a specific club got him banned from his nephew for six months. But, Lucas bounces back and reminding himself that he in his own way does resent his brother Eddie because he is the good one, responsible and does the right thing as opposed to him. Lucas runs his life as Lucas and does not care about the opinions of others but he pushes the button at the end when two men come to That Store and investigate why there is a shortage. What does he do? Does he admit it was him? What about Ralph will he cover for his best friend? Morals are tested, friendships are lost and loyalties really don’t matter to Lucas James. The last sentence says it all what did he learn: Growth and Change are Highly Overrated and he could care less about growing up.
Will Lucas ever see the harsh realities of life? Will he grow up? Will he ever be responsible that’s something only author Tom Starita can tell us if he decides to give Lucas James some more chapters in another book. An original character with a one of a kind personality and characters that he will interact with that will either love him or hate him. But, what will happen to Victor the Dictator? Do you agree with what Lucas James did?
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Snarky, the first word that came to my mind throughout reading the book. Funny, it had me laughing, chuckling, or shaking my head.Read more