It sounded promising -- think of the potential -- but didn't deliver. It sure didn't feel like the seventies to me.
I love Perotta's writing and that this was no exception.
Perotta is always wonderful!
Short stories from the author of _Election_ and _Little Children._
From Publishers Weekly
Amid the current glut of '70s nostalgia, Perrotta has fashioned a moving cycle of stories that looks past the era's celebrated kitsch to still relevant social and cultural issues and the timeless mysteries of growing up. In 10 tales covering a period from the fall of 1969 to the summer of 1980, he follows the revelations of his narrator, Buddy, from his days as an eight-year-old Cub Scout through his return home from the first year of college. Set in the small New Jersey town of Darwin, these seamless, understated narratives find--in boyhood activities as ordinary as playing sports, riding a bike, taking driver's ed or going to the prom--insights into loneliness, societal violence, sexual identity, racism, mortality and much more. Perrotta eschews sentimentality and overt philosophizing, crafting in Buddy's voice a sensitivity to pregnant moments that remain unexplained and a knack for delicate, unobtrusive metaphor. Forgoing the easy irony of disco and vintage TV, he delivers a convincing portrait of a time of life, illuminating all the profound cruelty and tenderness of adolescence.
When I look at this book title, I remember nothing memorable about the book only that it seemed it was meant for a male audience instead of Female. Note: this book (as my other books) has a Bookcrossing.com sticker in it.