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These are the snarky, witty tales of a seventies child. It's about a boy relaying his Wonder Years. I mean, only young boys would land in some crazy adventure getting lost on the way to Jack in the Box. And only boys would devise a Card Heist for the coveted baseball card.
"Telling a kid to play without getting dirty is like telling someone they can swim but don’t get wet." (76)
"My dream back then was to one day strike it rich so I could come back to a drive-in and order every snack they sold: cheeseburgers, hotdogs, popcorn, soft pretzels, candy, slush, soda... Dream Big!" (82)
Quirky, these stories unravel a sense of nostalgia for an era that's come and gone, even though I wouldn't consider the 70's a favorite past time. Actually, I'm quite partial to the 1920's, the 50's, the 80's, and 90's. Still, the author brings these memories to such a vivid life as if they happened yesterday. I'll be he reads these and smiles to himself as he relives these cherished moments. Of course, I couldn't understand every reference and a few of them were a tad mundane. But I'd say these stories definitely shed a bright light on the 70's and what it was like to grow up in it. I liked the boy's perception of these memories and how relatable he made them. I mean, you don't have to be a 70's child to feel and experience all that this kid felt. And it's sometimes nice to dive back into your childhood self again just to relive some of these funny, embarrassing moments. What I liked best was how the narrator indicated the differences between growing up today and growing up in the 70's.
This is an easy and pretty fun read. Through Samuel's eyes, we get a glimpse into growing up in a large family in the seventies. He's a mischievous kid with a good heart, good friends, and a good family. His dad, particularly, I liked. It seemed like Samuel had a pretty good childhood that a lot of us would have been lucky to have had.
It did get on my nerves a little bit and distract from the story for me how every so often the "narrator" (I suppose that's how you could refer to him) would talk down to generations that followed his. Perhaps it's because I'm younger than him (I was born in the 80s), but I found that slightly patronizing and not really necessary. He could have made his point (and made it better) without it, in my opinion.
There were also a few places in the book in which he referred to Samuel as "Daniel", so it could use another run through of editing. I don't usually point out editing mistakes in my reviews unless they are big or particularly distracting; this was one of them. It was confusing, and even though I immediately picked up whom he was talking about, a less discerning reader might get really tripped up by that.
Still, I enjoyed this book, and I like the idea of turning your own story into a fictional memoir. Samuel's story is worth telling and certainly worth reading. He was a funny and gregarious kid who grew up to be a good storyteller.
Read this review and more on my blog at roxiewrites (dot) tumblr (dot) com.