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  • Hop on the Bus

  • First Love Is Never Easy
  • By: Jason Caldwell
  • Narrated by: AC Oliver
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Hop on the Bus

By: Jason Caldwell
Narrated by: AC Oliver
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Gus has big dreams. The gifted musician wants to follow in his father's and grandfather’s footsteps and become a Marine and join the Drum and Bugle Corps. But for a young man of limited means, that could prove difficult. A lifetime of adversity and self-doubt could easily dissuade Gus, a young man on the autism spectrum, from trying, but a unique opportunity soon presents itself and encourages him to move out of his comfort zone for the first time in his life.

Shannon Poplin is a popular young musician. She and her father have earned quite the reputation for their stellar performances for veterans and those who live in senior homes. But the recognition Shannon has gained doesn’t shield her from a shocking betrayal by her mother. In fact, it forces her to use extra scrutiny when interacting with everyone. Unfortunately, Gus falls into that category. If he doesn’t muster up the courage to ask to join Shannon and her father, his chance for grants and scholarships to attend University of Colorado Boulder to study music may be deterred. Will Gus overcome his self-doubt and try to build a relationship with Shannon?

©2020 Jason Caldwell (P)2021 Jason Caldwell

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A story that touched my heart

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For those of you that truly undersand the trials of having a disability this story will reach you emotionally in some way.

There were many times during the story that I found myself wanting to cry either happy tears or sad ones. Gus goes through so much, but refuses to let it completely get him down. He keeps moving forward towards his goal by stepping out of his comfort zone one step at a time. He may not have the words exactly, but he has the heart.

AC Oliver does a totally awesome job of reading this book. He not only gives each character their own voice, but you will feel the different emotions or connections that each situation calls for. One of my favorite parts is when pop to Gus's absolute horror shows up to help deal with the bullies. I just had to chuckle while listening. On the other end of the scale I had to cry during a very touching part when Gus gives Shannon her gift. What gift you ask? Well, read the book to find out and let AC Oliver take you through the tale! You won't regret it!

I do hope there will be more to the series.

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Heartfelt

This book was emotional to read because of the struggles Gus faced being a high school senior with high function