Odd Man in College by Ernest Bywater

Description: Lyn Davies is the Odd Man In - not the Odd Man Out. An Australian in a US college, Lyn is the sort to vanish into a crowd, even one as small as four people, despite many stand-out abilities. Just after Lyn graduates from high school life delivers Lyn three strikes; but this isn't baseball: Lyn is down, but not out. While trying to stand Lyn is served some fast balls, but manages them. One curve ball is what Lyn needs for a solid hit to get on with life with an unusual Pet as Therapy animal.
Size: 487 KB ( ~ 92,350 words)
Type: Young Adult
Sex Contents: Minimal Sex
Tags: Teenagers, Romantic, Fiction, Violent, Workplace, School, Military, Politics

Review by therev   [other reviews by therev]

Reviewed: 2015-01-05

Interesting concept, has been used before in other ways where misunderstanding is made because of preconceptions of the gender of a name. He we have a young man of Gaelic decent with a "normally" girl's name going to college.

He is just recovering from the death of his father, when he is on his way to college. He and his mother stop of to do shopping and he is involved in the murder of his mother and his retribution to the offenders, and how it affected him.

This story takes you through the dramas of "show pony" law enforcement people, as against those who really try to do the right and correct things; to his enrollment in college and the confusion caused by his name. He manages to create a stable environment, with help, for his time in college having been placed by the Administration in one of the female accommodation blocks.

Along the way, he loses another family member to natural causes; helps some some other relatives; finds love; graduates and is recruited by the government.

It seems a bit convoluted when described like this, but the author has done very well with the telling, and it was a very enjoyable read. Highly recommended.

Plot: 10 | Technical Quality: 9 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10