The Martin Chronicles

Finished The Martin Chronicles by John Fried. I received a copy for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

“John Fried’s THE MARTIN CHRONICLES, pitched as in the vein of Tom Perrotta’s BAD HAIRCUT and the movie BOYHOOD, set in 1980s Manhattan, about a boy from age eleven to seventeen as he runs into a series of life-changing firsts: first kiss, first enemies, first love, first death, and ultimately, his first awareness that the world is not as simple or as safe a place as he once imagined.”

As you’d imagine from the synopsis, this is more like a series of vignettes than a novel. It’s an interesting approach, and it works as well here as it did in Boyhood. (I loved that movie; if you found it boring, maybe avoid this.)

This is an incredibly clever book and I hope you put it on your radar. (NOTE: just because Martin goes from 11 to 17 doesn’t make this YA. So if you’re not a fan of that, consider this anyway. It’s a lot of fun.)

Recommended.

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