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3.0 out of 5 starsNeeds some work but still a very nostaligic book
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2016
There are spelling and grammar errors. Even with those errors, the book seemed like an ok read until I got to the end where the author had to work into the story the full name of every student killed at Kent State on May 4th. It is inconcievable that the main characters would casually run into those four students immediately before the 1970 shootings on a 20,000 student campus. All believability was lost.
I love this book! Jedick, the author, has an uncanny way of pulling you right back into the sixties to experience it like it was yesterday. I laughed, I cried and I was transported to a different place and time. I've been trying to find a new copy of "Hippies" because it's been out of print for some time. It made my day to discover I could order one through CreateSpace, Amazon's "print on demand."
1.0 out of 5 starsLife is too short to spend time on this book
Reviewed in the United States on May 11, 2012
"Hippies" is a poorly-written, mostly unbelievable plot vehicle for smarmy reminiscences about the late 60s and early 70s. There aren't a whole lot of hippies in it; mostly frat boys smoking dope, chasing skirts, and skirting involvement in the politics of the time. The dialog is wooden. Go listen to the Moody Blues, Procol Harem, Iron Butterfly, Janis Joplin or Bob Dylan music instead--time better spent.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat book that I was sad to have had to finish.
Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2012
I found this book on my e-reader by chance and I loved it! As someone who is interested in the turbulent 60s and 70s, and believes what the hippie culture stood for, I found myself unable to stop reading. I loved Matt's voice. He is such a great character. Sometimes sarcastic, often funny, and a bit of a lovable rascal, he and his roommates are just trying to get through college and avoid the draft at all costs. Sadly, we know what is going to happen because they are at Kent State and the anti-war movement and protests had exploded on the campus. Still, I found this book fun and lively, and most importantly, authentic, written by someone who was there. Had to buy a 'real' copy just to hold it in my hands and quickly go to my favorite scenes. Can't wait to re-read it.
Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2000
Hippies is one of the best books I have ever read. As someone who is interested in the sixties, and what happened at Kent State, I found it very entertaining. It has a little bit of everything, inlcuding a great romance that you as the reader root for, humorous scenes among freinds, action, and a little heartache. The turbulent times of the sixties are depicted well, and the ending of the book leaves you with a feeling of just how turbulent they actually were. This was a little book that I bought at random, and turned out to really leave its impression on me.
4.0 out of 5 starsHippies and Silent Bell: capturing a moment
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2000
From the innocent opening talk of Rocky Colavito to the confusion felt by the characters on May 4, 1970, Hippies portrays average students pursuing average lives in extraordinary times. Hippies covers the students lives as the antiwar movement swells and invades Kent, leading to its inevitable tragic conclusion. Interestingly, another novel, Silent Bell, by Gary Drake, tackles the Kent State shootings from the other angle. It looks at the long-lasting effects of the incident, from the point of view of two lovers who broke up the day of the shootings and don't see each other again until the 25th Anniversay at the University. I recommend both. They should be read together!