- File Size: 688 KB
- Print Length: 242 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Helen Springs Press (November 30, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 30, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NBFHDTX
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,069 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Pipeliner Kindle Edition
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The coming-of age plot is not particularly remarkable, as the conflict centers on the family strain caused by Jason's relationship with a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who hangs with a group of blue collar laborers known as Pipeliners. But Shawn Hartje does a good job in developing Jason's character, and Pipeliners is a well-written and professionally-edited first novel by a writer with lots of potential.
It's 1993, and Jason lives with his family on the wealthier side of town. Everything is a source of embarrassment for him, even the fact that his parents are rich.
There are two sides to town, and he has fallen for a girl on the wrong side. It is killing him. Everything is new to him and he has no idea what to do next about anything, especially Betsy, who is incredibly sexy but totally unpredictable.
As Jason progresses through this year and onward to his eighteenth birthday, we watch him slowly change from an awkward teen to a far more accomplished, more experienced person. We empathize with some of his earlier gaffes, applaud his attempts to find himself, and finally are left with a sense of satisfaction that this book has ended the way it should: with a glance back at the past (most particularly the Vietnam War), as much confidence in the present as we can hope for considering how crazy the world is, and high expectations for Jason's future.
The author has written a graceful story with great competence. The descriptions of the time and place are beautiful. Pipeliner: a 90s-era Caper set in Idaho's High Desert is engaging from the start. The people are very real and fun. You will care about them. It is honest, sad as well as humorous, and worth your while.
This book was a gift for me to review with no strings attached.
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