Like The Wonder Years or A Christmas Story, Tarkington's ability to shine a retrospective light on the painful awkwardness of childhood is masterful and entertaining.
Why I love it
Neil Young's hit 1970s song about love, loneliness and heartbreak lends its title to this wonderful coming-of-age novel. It's the perfect namesake for Ed Tarkington's story about all kinds of love, and learning that the things you think you understand when you are a child, may not have been what they seemed at the time.
1977: The narrator, an eight-year-old boy named Rocky, lives in a small Virgin...
"Couldn't put it down! Very well written and captivating"
"This book starts off slow, but you fall in love with the characters. "
Los angeles, CA
"One of my favorite books of the year. "
San Diego, CA
"The characters in this book are so real! They made this book an absolute page turner."
"Beautiful character novel"
Brockton , AL
" I love books that when you really look, there is a deeper meaning. That touch on true human emotions, Tarkington has spun a tale that will connect with everyone at some level. "
"A lot of intersecting story lines that can be almost overwhelming but it only means the novel is even more enticing. "
"Thought provoking, beautiful coming of age novel. I have now lent it to all my book loving friends. If you've ever dealt with lost love, lost relationships, it's a must read. "
Bradford , PA
"Great story, but had a hard time keeping me engaged. Some boring, slow spots in the book. But overall loved it!"
"Good story about life and it's struggles.."