Lucy in the Sky

  • by John Vorhaus
  • Narrated by John Vorhaus
  • 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lucy in the Sky is a coming-of-age tale set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1969. Not precisely niched in young adult fiction, Lucy lightly touches on such weighty issues as the meaning of life and the existence of God. For those interested in answers to The Big Questions or just keen to revisit a simpler time, Lucy in the Sky promises a fun and compelling trip – and that means "trip" in every sense of the word.
Gene Steen is an earnest, intelligent, truth-seeking teen stuck in the cultural wasteland of his suburban home. He wants to be a hippie in the worst way, but hippies are scarce on the ground in the forlorn Midwest of Gene’s 15th year.
Then, propitiously on the Summer Solstice, his life is turned upside down by the arrival of his lively, lovely, long-lost cousin Lucy. She’s hip beyond Gene’s wildest dreams and immediately takes him under her wing. Lucy teaches Gene that being a hippie isn’t about love beads and peace signs, but about making a choice and taking a stand. Yet for all her airy insights into religion, philosophy, and “the is-ness of it all”, Lucy harbors dark secrets – secrets that will soon put her on the run, with Gene by her side.

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Really Good

This was a fantastic coming of age/ adventure story set in 1969 that tells the tale of the very unfortunately named Gene Steen and his cousin Lucy. Fifteen year old Gene lives with his parents in Milwaukee; surely the least hip place on Earth he's sure. Lucy on the other hand is surely the coolest person on the planet and totally hot too; too bad she's his cousin but at least he's learning some things he never expected to.
Then the story goes from young adult coming of age narrative to an adventure when she tells him a few of her secrets and the two of them take to the road.
If not for an overly detailed acid trip description this is a poignant, intelligent, mature story set in a time that I remember quite well. Highly recommended.
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- Me & My Girls "The wisdom is reaching far beyond what we see. Delight in the journey"

Clever and entertaining

Vorhaus is a clever writer. His charactors converse with a witty banter that is both believable and entertaining. This story does an excellent job of capturing both the mood of the country and the mindset of young adults in the late 60s. Although the fast paced story line holds your attention, it is the insight of the charactors that makes it an enjoyable story. Well worth the effort as either a read...or a listen!
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- John

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-16-2012
  • Publisher: Talking Book