Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Suburban Days by Aaron U. Bolin

Reviewed by Charlotte Lynn

Taken from Goodreads:

Trapped in obscurity, Eric Sage must establish his own identity. He battles a host of dangerous foes including his own self-destructive tendencies. In the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye, this book explores the difficulties of making the transition from adolescence into adulthood. The action takes place in an Illinois suburb. Mild violence, language, and sexual themes are explored


I have to be honest.  I live in Rockford, went to school at Harlem High School, and I know the author of this story.

I enjoyed the character of Eric Sage.  As I kept reading I recognized, or thought I did, many of the escapades in the story as real happenings.  Many of the “fun” the boys got into had me shaking my head and chuckling with the thought boys will be boys popping into my head.

Angie touched my heart.  Losing the boy she loves first to another woman and then to the military.  I was concerned when she fell in with Dan, the bully.  In high school I probably would have avoided Dan, but as a mom with teenagers I felt sorry for Dan.  Sorry that he had no way to make friends other then intimidate them and force them to be “friends.”   The fact that Eric stayed friends with Angie, even when she was in tough spots, made him a good friend during a time that friendships were not always easy.

Aaron Bolin wrote a fun book for me to read.  The fact that it was written in my hometown with places and people I could recognize.  I could over look the tough themes and truly enjoy this story.  It is definitely an adult story, not for the young adult.  I will happily share this with my fellow readers. 

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  1. Charlotte Lynn, thanks for the review. I really appreciate it.

  2. Your welcome Aaron. I truly enjoyed reading it for you. It brought back so many great memories.