If you haven't read this story, you've done yourself a grave disservice. For anyone anywhere who's been a fan of a coming of age story, this is one for the books.
It follows the life of David Dawson through the first half of his Freshman year in high school following a summer spent readjusting the path his life has been on.
The story is rich and the characters vibrant. I loved every second of it, picturing distinctly different people and attitudes throughout. The spelling and grammatical errors are few and easily unnoticed. The pacing keeps the story moving well and the reader drawn to the next word eagerly.
For example, the author describes football games in detail, and manages to avoid making the reading tedious even to someone like me who was never a sports fan.
I can't shower enough praise on the author for this and if I had a complaint to voice, it would be that I don't want to wait four months for the next book in the story to start.
This is the first work that Mr. Younger has posted on SOL. It is a long story and one which covers a lot of ground. His hero is a likeable lad who gets more than his fair share of girls, goals (do they have goals in American football? Well I'm sure the American readers can work out what I mean) and good luck.
It is generally well written but there are some places where the tense changes inappropriately but fortunately this does not obscure the sense of the writing.
I must comment that the amount of words devoted to describing football appeared to be excessive. Like most Europeans I have no interest in American football, do not understand it and wonder why anyone wants to play or watch a game that stops and starts so often! To me a 'tight end' would be a rather crude description of a beautiful bottom (nice ass in American English).
Is it a good story? Yes.
It it worth reading? Yes.
Does it end with a monster cliffhanger? Yes.
Am I waiting for the sequel? Yes (you bet for the Minnesotans).
Thanks G, I enjoyed the results of your labours and eagerly await the next instalment.
Reviewed: 2014-04-06 - (Review Updated: 2015-10-01)
Wow, Just wow. Stupid Boy is a coming of age story with a lot of ups and downs. For a first attempt at writing I feel it is well done. There are a few small hiccups in the technical side of things though nothing major.
It is a little over the top on believability but hey, it IS fiction and in the writer's mind anything is possible. I greatly enjoy David Dawson's adventures with women, sports, life and growing into the man he desires to be. Of course where would we be without life's little setbacks. All in all I found it to have quality and believable characters, a fine balance between action and adventure as well as a good balance of highs and lows. Too many low blows make foe a depressing story but this is anything but.
There is quite a bit of graphic sex in the story. Most is of an exploratory nature common with coming of age stories. I found that all of the sex was a wonderful complement to the story and not distracting at all.
Book one does end on a cliff hanger with book 2 promised soon. I for one am looking forward to book 2... and books 3,4, and 5 hopefully. There is a lot of room for this story to continue into the future and I hope Mr. Younger continues with his fine writing.
I recommend it as a good read. While not strictly a stroke story there are stroke moments within. Read the codes to be sure that you don't get squicked. I can't really cover squicks as one person's squick is another's fetish.
I have opted not to use the number ratings and only offer a written review. I hope that you still find my reviews helpful despite the lack of a numerical rating. As always, feedback is always welcome.