Perhaps it's the time of life I am in (just faced my 20th high school reunion), but this book made me laugh and kept me highly entertained. There was no unnecessary tearful reunions or sudden epiphanies...just a slow unfolding of the story. I also like the way Tropper told a "story within a story" in the same, unhurried way. HIGHLY entertained...
Maybe this story resonates with men a bit better, but it was just another story that passed the time for me. It had moments of humor, but ultimately didn't do it for me.
The way Joe was read was absolutly perfect. I can't stand the end of a good book and wished I could have followed him back to NY!
Thus, I decided to try it. I have never listened to his reading as I am fairly new to audio books. He truly brings this book to life, as someone else said. I too, laughed out loud several times. I did not feel that this was a “boy” book. There were a lot of jerks in HS and those that still think they are something other than what the real world sees. That is exactly why I went to one reunion (940 in the class) and said “never again.” That is also why I never went to any of my college reunions. This book pretty much shows what real life is like.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
Just what I needed to read! This book is deceptive: it is really funny so that you think it can't really be meaningful too, but then it turns out that it IS also endearing and heartwarming and meaningful. I will definitely read more by Jonathon Tropper.
Business Physicist and Astronomer
First, I did enjoy this story of a man's journey back in time. I've made my own though after longer than this writer's 17 years. I had some similar experiences and very similar feelings. So, I'd say the writing is genuine.
The story is a little fumbled and the characters somewhat shallow and very predictable. Not all the idiots from high school remain idiots and some of the "good ones" become idiots. The author misses this and all his characters are simply magnifications of their high school personae. It would have been interesting to have a character really surprise. I won't speculate here because I don't want to taint your read.
There's a bit to bit to be learned from this book. And, the writing is touching and entertaining for the most part. I'm not a fan of Scott Brick's cadence of speech. Sometimes it's great---when characters interact---sometimes too droll during long frames of narration. But that's a taste thing.
Overall, yes, spend a credit.
Retired biopharma banker and exec. Now photographer/writer
This is a classic, and Scott Brick is brilliant. This book kept me happy all the way to Nashville and back...drama, pathos, humor....it has it all.
From someone who rarely publishes reviews.
It took a bit of time to get into it, but once in, I couldn't wait to continue. Tropper uses such beautiful language, and the narration made it sound even better.
It's entertaining, touching, and funny. Parts of the plot are somewhat predictable, but there are also a lot of little twists and surprises. The beginning was a little slow, and I wasn't sure I was going to connect with any of the characters. However, once I was hooked, I grew to love them and the weird little town called Bush Falls.