Lawn Boy

Lawn Boy

eBook - 2018
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Winner of the Alex Award "Jonathan Evison's voice is pure magic. In Lawn Boy , at once a vibrant coming-of-age novel and a sharp social commentary on class, Evison offers a painfully honest portrait of one young man's struggle to overcome the hand he's been dealt in life and reach for his dreams. It's a journey you won't want to miss, with an ending you won't forget." -- Kristin Hannah, author of The Nightingale For Mike Muñoz, a young Chicano living in Washington State, life has been a whole lot of waiting for something to happen. Not too many years out of high school and still doing menial work -- and just fired from his latest gig as a lawn boy on a landscaping crew -- he knows that he's got to be the one to shake things up if he's ever going to change his life. But how? In this funny, angry, touching, and ultimately deeply inspiring novel, bestselling author Jonathan Evison takes the reader into the heart and mind of a young man on a journey to discover himself, a search to find the secret to achieving the American dream of happiness and prosperity. That's the birthright for all Americans, isn't it? If so, then what is Mike Muñoz's problem? Though he tries time and again to get his foot on the first rung of that ladder to success, he can't seem to get a break. But then things start to change for Mike, and after a raucous, jarring, and challenging trip, he finds he can finally see the future and his place in it. And it's looking really good. Lawn Boy is an important, entertaining, and completely winning novel about social class distinctions, about overcoming cultural discrimination, and about standing up for oneself.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Algonquin Books,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781616208257
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE eBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (256 pages)
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Apr 24, 2020

Readable, amusing

Mar 28, 2020

Everyone needs a chance. In this story Mike Munoz struggled to find an independent place in a world that judges. His determination to succeed was full ups and downs and opened him to self discovery. Full of humor and uh huh's. Class struggle, sexual freedom, wealth gap, and community all worked together in this amazing novel.

Aug 18, 2019

The story, on the surface, is light and breezy, real and compulsively readable. And it’s incredibly rich and thought provoking in a way that gave me pause on a regular basis. I found myself simultaneously wanting to devour and purge it. One minute I was laughing out loud for all to hear and the next I was averting my gaze, holding my breath, setting it aside, unsure if I would dare pick it up again for fear I was in the throws of a sly but epic tragedy. In the end the lively characters lured me back in to find out. And then I struggled to return it to the library because I didn’t want these characters I’d come to love to leave, so I marched out to my local bookstore and bought a copy so we could visit from time to time, and of course to cast my vote for this kind of down-to-earth, relevant literary gleam.

Jun 22, 2019

In a nutshell this book is terrible. It started out disturbing when the main character's father plays a cruel joke on him and it just goes downhill from there. I was hoping I would like this one because I did like "Harriet Chance", but for starters, I hate Mike Munoz. That in itself is not a good sign. He's supposed to be Hispanic but he's not written that way at all. Don't get me started on the language. I was willing to overlook it for the most part but it was just too much. I'm starting to wonder if it is possible for anyone to write a good story without the constant need for swearing and disgusting situations. Even the chapter titles are swear words. Maybe I'm old fashioned but I just don't see the point in using the same words over and over. The only thing that I enjoyed about this book was that it takes place in Washington State but honestly that's not saying much.

May 30, 2019

This was a laugh out loud read. The format is a pastiche of short chapters, each exposing a foible of both the protagonist and the society he in which he lives. Written in 1st person, the novel lets us see the gradual growth of the narrator. To me this as light hearted and similar to another local favorite 'Where Did You Go, Bernadette?" by Maria Semple. What Semple does to Seattle, Evison does a ferry boat ride away to Bainbridge and Poulsbo. I am going to go back and read some more of his work.

Nov 01, 2018

This book seems light, but it also is dealing with several important issues. It's both a fun coming-of-age story and a springboard into discussions about very real social issues.

Sep 21, 2018

I agree with the other two reviewers. The book is very funny with a strong serious undertone about the life and changes of an individual.
Most enjoyable.

Aug 05, 2018

I found this book in the audio version. I think this is an important read and it needs as much exposure as possible. The development of the main character, Mike Munoz was so powerful, sensitive, inciteful, believable, relatable, I actually looked at the authors name again...thinking, this has got to be a autobiography. I have thought about this book over and over since I finished it a few weeks ago. Best Read for me in a long time. Please share this book with others. It really makes you think.

Jul 31, 2018

"Lawn Boy" is both funny and serious. It's also smart and refreshingly different; the main characters' struggles and challenges are down-to-earth and true-to-life. Recommended.

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