This review is for the entire "Trailer Park" portion of the Wynter/Trailer Park
universe. Things were going to be a little slow this week at work, so I decided to cut back to only 40 or so hours since it is Thanksgiving week. This has given me a lot more time than I have had in months to pursue my passion for reading. I went into the "author's favorites" section to see if I could find something good that I had not already read before, and came across one of the books in this series.
This series starts with a boy, 13 years old, and follows him through about 8th grade through the end of 11th grade.
For plot, an A+ (9), but much of that is the fact that the score is stretched out across multiple stories. Within individual stories, the reader may be left questioning events or descriptions, but many of those doubts get addressed later on, often in subsequent installments. The major drawback is that the story appears to be incomplete. It appears that the author (Wizard) was working in collaboration with Russell Hoisington before Mr. Hoisington passed away. The story, as a result, is obviously not complete. It ends in the junior year of the MCs, rather than moving through the rest of high school and possibly college.
For technical score, another A+ (9). Very few errors were spotted, mainly with homophones like principal/principle.
For personal appeal, this one is more difficult. The story moves into very adult themes early on, particularly given the ages of the characters. Be prepared for some topics which may or may not appeal to you, including but not limited to, politics, preteen sex, rape, incest, sports, etc. What did I really like about it? I like stories with everyday heroes, someone who will do something because it is the right thing to do, regardless of the personal cost. This story is replete with that. It also has some very romantic themes, even with the polyamory it shows. What did I not like? Mainly that, as much progress as was made in the storyline, it is obviously incomplete. There is, at the very least, one to five years of storyline missing. As such, I am torn with giving it anything above a B (7). It had so much promise at the end however, that I will give it an A (8), and hope that someone can direct me to where I might find the rest of the story.
All right, the title's a mouthful and you should (at some time) read the other Trailer Park books. This one like the others does stand alone though so jump in if you want.
It is the longest coming of age story that you'll ever come near. Character development is top-notch. The lead character, Tony, is one of the great smart-asses in SOL history. You'll find Tony's picture in Webster's Illustrated dictionary under irreverent or rude or hero - take your pick. It's almost impossible not to pull for Tony (or Tammi or Robbie his girlfriends).
The plotline is amazing with young love, current events and country music all providing input.
You'll laugh, you'll cry (or come close) but you won't be bored. The heat is plentiful but readers should be warned that some the sexual partners are young - it's not kiddieland but high school/middle school stuff. If that doesn't throw you get set for lots of laughs because the Trailer Park saga is a real treat.