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Newspaper Boy Paperback – May, 2005
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Pat O'Connor, one of Eric's older brothers, has a different philosophy on life. He is not concerned about his Irish heritage and would rather only recognize the American side of his life. By growing up in poverty he doesn't share the same philosophies at his father or younger brother. He in turn would rather live his own life and take on his own beliefs.
Kay Murphy is Eric's high school sweetheart. She loves Eric with everything inside of her bug gets blinded by anger when Eric is forced to make some tough decisions after high school graduation. In return, Kay is forced to make some decisions that will change both of their lives drastically.
Peter Smith is the son of a wealthy banker. Eric and Peter, even though from different backgrounds become best friends. They are able to teach each other things about what it means to be a friend no matter what. Peter and Eric learn that with or without money people usually experience the same problems.
Gretchen Marks becomes Eric's wife. She is from wealthy family on the east coast. She has only known what it is to have money. She has never experienced poverty a day in her life. Through this she is able to help Eric achieve some his goals but will their love withstand all the pressures they incur.
The Newspaper Boy is a great book by Leon Newton. It deals with the different social status of people and lets people see that it is okay to be who you are. This book gives the readers the opportunity to see that no matter what life hits you with you can get through the ordeal. It also gives a since of hope that with a little hard work you can accomplish the things you set out to do. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.
The Newspaper Boy originally appeard as a short story in a collection of writings by the author, to be re-released as a book in its own right. The author has clearly devoted a lot of time to humanzing the people he describes, without over-simplifying or lionizing them. The reader is never unaware that Eric bears the pride of his people, but he instinctively knows that he must understand the world he wishes to join in order to successfully navigate within it. The author delivers Eric's story in a matter-of-fact style that makes his integrity the main character.Read more ›