Most coming-of-age stories are fraught with symbolism, hidden metaphors, and a heaping mound of other literary devices. Not this one. Not mine. You see, I came of age while working at a dusty Texas feed store. A place where To Kill a Mockingbird involved a 12-year-old and a BB gun. Of Mice and Men was a problem easily solved with rat poison. And David Copperfield, nothing more than a dude that made shit disappear.
The Feedstore Chronicles is a mostly true account of my education amongst murderous ex-wives, a well-hung bulldog, and feed room fornication.
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Love this guy!
If I had read the book, I would not have heard the way it really was. Aside from the static, the tinking, the bursts of sound, and the rustling in the background, the author's own voice really made the story authentic. He's humble and funny and his heart is so genuine.
There were so many parts that hit me in my heart from the tasty goat, to the way that Travis observed others, to the kindness and thoughtfulness of his heart in the way he described the goings on around him. No matter what was going on, and no matter how he felt, he always chose compassion. Even in his jabbings toward Doyle. He never took it beyond the boundaries of friendship.
I just loved the love hate relationship with Doyle. I think they were thrown together at the right points in their lives as they held each other up, held each other down, and still grew a lot-together and individually.
This is a great, light-hearted but sincere coming of age story. I was brought back to yesteryear many times during the telling of the yearnings for Samantha Blake.
- Kelly Sherwood