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KABOOM Paperback – April 22, 2016
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“There is a smile on almost every page and a chuckle or two in every chapter. Author Brian Adams uses humor and no holds barred detail to tell us about a year in the lives of Cyndie and Ashley, two mid-teen best buddies. Pre-occupation with issues of changing bodies and emerging sexuality becomes intertwined with a strong sense of place and a protective love of their mountain. This book reminds us that kids can make a difference. If there was a KABOOM in West Virginia I would proudly wear their tee shirt. This is a funny, fully detailed story. All ages will enjoy it.” ―Wayne C. Spiggle, M.D., Allegheny Highlands Alliance(―Wayne C. Spiggle, M.D.)
“This book totally immersed me in a world of teenagers that I sincerely wish existed ‘for real.’ I wish we could clone the main character (Cyndie) and put at least one of her in every high school throughout Central Appalachia. Of course, she'd need her friends along to accomplish what she and they did in other places. That's what it takes to save the places we love―a community coming together with local leaders who aren't afraid to stand up for what's right, no matter what. Warning teens: some of your parents and teachers may find this book offensive, for sexual content and for lots and lots of other reasons. Read it anyway!” ―Robin Blakeman, Ohio Valley Environmental Alliance(Robin Blakeman)
About the Author
Brian Adams recently retired after teaching for 20 plus years at Greenfield Community College in western Massachusetts where he was a Professor of Environmental Science and co-chair of the Science Department. Brian is active in the climate change movement on and off campus. He has authored numerous health related brochures distributed nationally by ETR Associates. For his first novel, Love in the Time of Climate Change, which was a Foreword Reviews 2014 IndieFAB Gold Medal Winner for Humor, he drew heavily on his experiences teaching and working with students. Brian lives with his wife in Northampton, Massachusetts and now devotes his time to writing romantic comedies centered around environmental activism.
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It's easy to imagine teenagers, who have spent their youth exploring and loving their local mountain, fiercely opposing blowing it's top off. Cyndie and Ashley turn to a quirky, lovable science teacher, friends, and family to help save Mount Tom, running into opposition from expected and unexpected sources. They are, at times, distracted by boys, school, family, and boys some more, in delightful breaks from the central theme of teen activism. A fun, lighthearted novel about a not so light issue, a great feat in and of itself. KABOOM is a wondeful glimpse at teens finding their voice and learning to work together for a cause. It's also a fun tale of teen romance, family life, and wonderful friendships.
I was lucky enough to attend a reading by the author, and if you have a chance, don't miss Brian Adams reading and talking about his book. He's as funny in person as he is on the page.
Cyndie and Ashley are at the crossroads of womanhood and are just beginning to discover romance. Kevin, a school “hottie” and his best friend Marc (the school mascot) introduce the girls to the drama of young love. Every character is so well developed. Dad is heavily into Civil War reenactments (boring!). A beloved aunt is a little obsessed with Cheetos. An incident at one of the Civil War reenactments leads to an appreciation (even enjoyment) of the activities. Hilarious antics are at the cornerstone of this highly engaging read with an overall message of stewardship and empowerment.
KABOOM is a delight to read. Teens are sure to love this book. Love, excitement, adventure, it’s all here. The humor is delightful. The book teaches environmental awareness in a non-preachy and entirely entertaining way. Educational and a great read, KABOOM is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.