High School Dance (How to Raise a Good Kid #2) – Starbuck O’Dwyer

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Kindle: $3.65
Paperback: $11.99

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This book is the culmination of a project that began shortly after my wife and I welcomed our son to the world. Like most first-time fathers, I felt a new and profound sense of responsibility and immediately became determined to pass along every lesson I believed was important… First, I made a list of the events of my childhood that taught me the most, the ones that made the biggest impressions, both good and bad. This exercise forced me to revisit many harrowing experiences such as batting zero in little league baseball, my chronic addiction to a blanket, my disastrously unsuccessful try-out for the role of Winthrop in The Music Man, and the time I mooned the entire sixth grade. I wanted to let my son know whatever hardship he might face; his father had already been there, learned something of value and survived.

review

So, you have read the first book? Well if you have not yet, then be sure to check out the first part – How to Raise a Good Kid. Is the second one worth the read? Let us cover a few points and we will see where it stands.
To start off, in its core, it is nowhere near the first book. While the first book was filled with humor right off the first page, this one is not. It has occasional funny moments, but is not nearly as humorous as the first book. That is not necessarily a bad thing. It shows author’s mental growth and development between writing the first and the second book. And the pick of the stories shows that too.
Stories are basically as good as before, only a bit more serious and a bit more “grown up”. They still bring up values with which each individual should grow, so that is still present and still as good as before. You can find yourself in some of the stories and the book reaches to you in an improved way compared to the first one. In that sense, author nailed it and this is definitely a book for every child to read.
I am giving it 7 out of 10, just because of the lack of humor. I know it is hard to keep writing book after book and make it funny each and every time, but I have met this author through the first book in a comedian way, so to lose that feeling in the second book is kind of a let down.

Book recommendation: 7/10

Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire – Jillianne Hamilton (OLD REVIEW)

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Now this is something that we do not read much about – a professional thief!

We follow the story of Molly Miranda who is a thief for hire. While she may in fact have been in the business for years, she also does not seem to have much luck on her side. And this is what the whole book is all about. When I am talking about luck I am not talking about her being clumsy and getting caught on every task, but I am talking about her life outside her job. She is a well-built character that keeps to herself most of the time, afraid of opening up to someone. That is until she meets that “someone”. And if that is not enough, she also takes a job offer that might doom her. From there the story takes a big roller-coaster drive.

Molly as a character does not develop much throughout the story. While we know here as a strict professional from the beginning of the book, we also learn about her soft side a couple of pages later. But that is basically it. She has inner conflicts, but at the end she stays true to herself. It is also worth mentioning that we are able to see what Molly thinks. Her thoughts are written down ninety percent of the time, so we know what is going through her head at all times.

The author also included humour in just the right places so it brings a smile to your face but does not ruin the story for you. It is mostly made up with Molly’s thoughts or witty comments. Molly’s knowledge of Geography is just the cherry on the cake.

“Have you ever been to Barcelona?”
I thought for a moment.
That’s in South America, right?

All in all, if you are looking for a fun, humorous and, at the same time, deep story then you should take this book into consideration. It is truly a fun short read and one that will not waste your time.

Book recommendation: 8/10

How to Raise a Good Kid – Starbuck O’Dwyer (OLD REVIEW)

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When I first got this book I was expecting it to be some sort of a guide on how to raise your child, but it proved to be much more than that.
The book is filled by short stories told by the author about his childhood and how he was raised. Now that may seem like a boring thing to read, but it is far from that. Most of the short stories are filled with humor that had me giggling like a little girl at the first (!) page. Not every story is told in a humorous way tho, some are quite serious. It all depends on what the topic or the main point of the story is and what the author is trying to tell and the issues he is trying to portray (racism for example). The stories are not your average “read one time and never again” type of stories. You will definitely find yourself returning to the book and reading that one story, that managed to sink in, again and again.
This book has it all, the good and the bad, and while it is not your typical guide on how to raise your children, you will see that every single story is basically the advice on how to do it. You will see that the values portrayed are something that you need to teach not only your children but also yourself. If we would all read and learn from stories like these, the world would be a much happier and friendlier place.
I must thank the author for sending me a review copy of this book. Thank you for this amazing book. The humor and the topic choices are excellent. This is one book that I will definitely hold on to because I feel like I am going to need it in the future.

Book recommendation: 9/10