Fourteen-year-old Stephen moves into a tough neighborhood and soon finds himself in love with Kristine, one of the prettiest girls in his class. Kristine appears to like him, too, but Stephen learns she "belongs" to a big, mean football player who's three years older. Despite warnings from his best friend, Stephen moves ahead anyway. All hell breaks loose. Will Stephen allow himself to be shoved into the background, or will he win the girl he truly loves?
©2011 Mike Wells (P)2014 Mike Wells Books
I have a hard time ranking this with other books I've listened to, as 'coming of age' stories aren't something I've ever listened to before. I WILL say that this was an extremely poignant and well-written story, and the voice actor did a tremendous job with it. He has the perfect voice for this context. I probably wouldn't enjoy listening to him read erotica, though.
The tank car roll. The last one. That's going to stick in my head for awhile.
Christine. I love it when male voice actors can get a female infection in their deep voice, and have it be believable.
I tried. But at 11:30 last night, I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer, and had to finish it this morning.
I think this would be a good book to give your kids to read or listen to. Especially if you live near train tracks. It might help them realize that they're not invincible. It also gives a little perspective to bullying and class snobbery.
I loved this book. I would classify it as a young adult read, but I believe it is a family read, maybe between PG-13 and a R rating (only due to a few words). There are many things in here to discuss as a family on what went wrong & what would be the right way to handle things. I think these kind of stories are pretty close to reality for some of our kids and need to be discussed.
Steven is a good kid at the age of 14.He is a friend to Ben across the street who is 17 and always getting into to some kind of trouble. Ben is a good kid, but a bad influence on those around him. Ben does things the wrong way and he always gets blamed for everything. Read along, as a family on the adventures and troubles the boys go thru and the lessons Steven learns from them.
The author, Mike Wells did a fantastic job writing this 2 story book! It has adventure, fun, great plot and some much to teach kids. The narrator, Mark Torres did a great job delivering these stories to us flawlessly. With his multiple voices and accents and he really sounded like kids talking, clearly is so entertaining, it will hold everyone's interest! Good job guys!
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