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Okay, I'm a 37 year old white woman, probably not the target demo for this book which is aimed at young men, teenagers, specifically. But since I'm from Michigan and the story takes place there, I was curious. The characters are well developed and engaging, the plot is solid and not predictable (and not too outlandish) and Michael Boatman does a fantastic job narrarating. So well, in fact, I'll be eagerly watching for other titles he reads, as he breathes a lot of life and personality into the story without distracting from my concentrating on the tale. (I find some narrarators are too showy, or unevenly paced, not so here.)
It was light, but smart, and for a fun listen beats the books I <i>am</i> a target market for (<i>Bergdorf Blondes</i>, the <i>Shopaholic</i> books) eighteen ways. The story is moving without being sappy, and the characters are quirky and human. I'd recommend this book to anyone from teenage boys to hipsters to grown men who remember what it's like to go through the awkward teenage years, as well as anyone who who's ever had a boss or a parent they thought they could never beat. It left me smiling and satisfied, and very pleasantly surprised.
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I listened to this book with my 13 year old son on a road trip. He had previously read two other books by this author, one of which was used for book report material. My son had enjoyed the author's sense of humor and interesting characters that were developed in the books that he had read previously.
This book lived up to it's expectations. We laughed through much of the book. The characters were indeed interesting and quirky. The narrator had a perfect tone for this book. It was easy to listen to, no straining to understand slurred or low tones.
Some themes are slightly mature, so I would not recommend this book for kids under the age of ten. Although funny, many of the themes touched by the author are not to funny...like teen angst, inner city proverty, the effect of drug abuse on a family, greed. The author exposes these themes, without allowing them to diminish the enjoyability of the narrative, or dwelling on them so long that they become the main theme.
This book was so enjoyable, that after a 7 hour car ride, we sat in the parked car for another 10 minutes to finish the book before finally checking into our hotel room.
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