Friday, March 16, 2012

Ugly To Start With

Ugly to Start With
Ugly to Start With by John Michael Cummings
Published October 1st 2011 by West Virginia University Press 

Jason Stevens is growing up in picturesque, historic Harpers Ferry, West Virginia in the 1970s. Back when the roads are smaller, the cars slower, the people more colorful, and Washington, D.C. is way across the mountains—a winding sixty-five miles away.
Jason dreams of going to art school in the city, but he must first survive his teenage years. He witnesses a street artist from Italy charm his mother from the backseat of the family car. He stands up to an abusive husband—and then feels sorry for the jerk. He puts up with his father’s hard-skulled backwoods ways, his grandfather’s showy younger wife, and the fist-throwing schoolmates and eccentric mountain characters that make up Harpers Ferry—all topped off by a basement art project with a girl from the poor side of town.
Ugly to Start With punctuates the exuberant highs, bewildering midpoints, and painful lows of growing up, and affirms that adolescent dreams and desires are often fulfilled in surprising ways.

Hmm.. well it sure is Young Adult. It was like all those "coming of age" books you're required to read in school.
Now it all depends on what kind of reader you were in school.

If you were the type to say: "Eww! School books!" "You can't catch me and make me a man!"
No wait that last part was Peter Pan, well if either of those quotes relate to you, I really don't know what you're doing here. I know I said I didn't want this to be a book blog but it kind of is, and judging by your views on school books I doubt that has changed over the years and you still think books are "icky," so how you ended up here is beyond me.
Unless you're like those guys on Facebook who have no idea who I am but send me messages anyway because I "seem cool enough to talk to." Really, you got that from my picture?
I do love those guys, I love challenging them with comments about books and Country music... they never respond back.

Safe to say anyone reading this? NOT a part of that category. But if you somehow are, well do I really need to tell you this book isn't for you?

Lets say you loved everything you read in school, I doubt that but let's say so anyway.
Then yes this is for you. You're probably a fan of a variety of young adult books and you will love the easy to read flow of this one.

Now if you're anything like me, you might have had your moments relating to that first category, instantly turned off by whatever book was given to you. Why did you always have to learn something from them?
But once you got through them, or skipped to the last chapter and hoped the study guide had enough to help you get by, you realized that it was a good book.

It just wasn't for you.

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