Hilarious! Hope he writes more. This poor schlub has everything go wrong on the Fourth weekend! Writing from different characters' POV seemed unnecessary and a little confusing, but otherwise, luved it!
This is a different kind of short story. The adult characters act way too immature. There are some funny moments, but not enough to over-ride the overall story. Sorry I wasn't impressed! Sorry no excitement for the story.
The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Full Cast was the one thing I found entertaining!!
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
I'm sure we've all had those days when just everything we do goes wrong, nothing works out, and you get frustrated! LOL this was a lighthearted, entertaining story about a guy who just can't catch a break during the Fourth of July holiday. I mean hell, if a priest and constable are out to get him, does he even stand a chance? Enjoyed the story and the narration was awesome! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
In a word: hilarious. The story of one middle-aged guy's summer of discontent, told by various members of his beach community. I love these characters so much that I want to know what happens in the sequel, if only the author would write it.
This book is funny and accessible. The setting is an island community where the season is short, there's an urgency to relaxation and where best intentions fuel a Fourth of July week that ends in comic disaster. You can read it in a few hours and come away feeling like you've been on a summer adventure.
The story is told by the characters, each of whom see the same events through their own lens. As the story intensifies, opinions galvanize. The rumor mill gets working. A vacation community scraps over each others' business. Fireworks abound. Deep down, The Fourth of July is a story about how motivation and belief can color one's view, what happens when we disagree, and how small and comical the world is. But even if simple stuff like stepping on a rake makes you laugh, you'll love The Fourth of July.
I am very impressed by the author's writing style. Without giving too much away, I thought it was refreshing to have more than just the main character's point of view. Speaking of the main character, as much as I had decided to dislike him (only in the first two chapters), he made me laugh out loud. The supporting cast, especially some of the neighbors were quite endearing and comical. Overall, I would read more about Jack Smith and his misguided but well intentioned escapades.