Category: Coming-of-Age

A Garden, A Maze, A Sematary*

In this second “potpour-reads” post, I share some quick thoughts on three recent reads, all of which were completed in May. The Secret Garden was a title on my Classics Club Challenge list. The Burning Maze is third in the Trials of Apollo series… Continue Reading “A Garden, A Maze, A Sematary*”

We the Animals by Justin Torres

Justin Torres’ We the Animals is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age novella about a young boy and his two brothers, growing up mixed-race (their father is Puerto Rican and their mother is Caucasian) in New York. Though the book is rather short, at just under 130… Continue Reading “We the Animals by Justin Torres”

The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd

Plot/Story: Dade Hamilton is an eighteen-year-old high school graduate. He is spending his summer working at Food World, avoiding his parents, making new friends, and keeping a secret he plans to take with him to college: he is gay. Dade becomes estranged from his… Continue Reading “The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd”

Review: 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith is a mad scientist. I imagine him, even now, sitting in his writing laboratory playing with every imaginable ingredient and coming up with another brilliant concoction of literary gold. This might sound like the delusions of a raving fanatic or a particularly… Continue Reading “Review: 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith”

Thoughts: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith So, this is the way the world ends.  Not with a bang, but with a …uh… clacking-buzzing sorta sound? Yes, I think T.S. Eliot would be proud of Andrew Smith’s newest wasteland, which is to say, an average, all-American,… Continue Reading “Thoughts: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith”

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