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What did you love best about PINS?
Have you ever discovered something that is so wonderful and then wondered why you had never encountered that thing before? Both Jim Provenzano (author) and Paul Fleschner (narrator) are now such new discoveries for me. I can only thank Audible for this ideal double-discovery. As I listened --always while dog-walking in August--I am sure that my jaw was slack as I heard the marvelous turning of phrases by the author. Mr. Provenzano has himself wrestled for 14 years, and it shows in his details. He obviously lived the life of a high school wrestler. But his writing...so expressive! Often, I would press pause to savor a sentence or thought. (My dogs grew bored with this as we all stopped to either think, feel, or sniff.) Also, Paul Fleschner's reading is spot-on. It is hard to believe that he is the same person who is capturing all the high school boys, their coaches, parents, and family members--both boys and girls. Every word is spoken with intentional purpose.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Favorite character? I want to say the story's protagonist, Joseph, is my favorite. Being a gay adolescent is so tough--I know all too well--but hearing Joeseph make the same discoveries I had made brought back emotions to me I long tucked away since I was his age.
Which character – as performed by Paul Fleschner – was your favorite?
I think it must be Joseph's dad, Dino. To me, he is the voice of reason which grounds all of the other characters. Mr. Fleschner makes the most of his resonant voice to capture Dino's love for his son.
If you could rename PINS, what would you call it?
I cannot improve upon PINS. It is meaningful to this story on so many levels.
Any additional comments?
As I write this review, I have about 90 minutes left of the story. This, in dog-walks, is about two. I am already mourning the loss of Joseph and Dink in my life, so I am ready to move onto other books by Mr. Provenzano. My request to Jim is this: PLEASE, "I would get my on knees, but that might be overkill" (taken and paraphrased from the book), PLEASE ask Paul Fleschner to read more for you.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I really liked this audiobook. The narrator was great, and really managed to channel the angst of a teen coming to terms with his sexuality and the fact the the world of grown ups is indeed a messy one.
The story also feels like it could be real — like it could happen to anyone of us. Provenzano capitalizes on the fact that we're all just one or two small mistakes away from life-changing events. I'll definitely listen to this again.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful