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The blurb for this book makes it sound like a story of ostracism in high school, but the characters are cardboard-flat. It's more of a preachy spiritual trip for the author than a story. There's no reason for the narrator to befriend the school outcast (who is a Christian-raised white boy trying to be a Buddhist monk). The narrator's friends are bratty and too obviously shallow. The school bully is a stock stereotype who does all the predictable bully things. I got about halfway through this audiobook and quit.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes. I have actually requested this audiobook to several friends already. The main lesson within the story and how it is brought out through the telling is very well done.
What other book might you compare Buddha Boy to and why?
I don't know any other books similar to this one to compare. If anyone knows any i would like to know.
What does Spencer Murphy and the Full Cast Family bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I got a better grasp of the emotion of the characters.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
My reaction to this book is thoughtfulness about how bullying can happen and how friendship can help dull its cutting edge.
Any additional comments?
Well written and well performed.