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Publisher: Grove Press
Page Count: 304
Nonfiction Genre: Memoir, Biography, American Lit.
Dates Read: October 2-4, 2015
Toby Wolff was just a boy when he and his mother left Florida for Utah in search of plutonium riches. By this point Toby insists on being called Jack because of his love of the author Jack London. This starts his story of a turbulent childhood, of his mothers cycle of bad boyfriends, and new starts. Once her mother meets and marries Dwight, Jack's life changes, and not for the best.
This book was outstanding and worthy of all the feels. Wolff is a skilled writer, and makes every word count. It is sad to accept that this was Wolff's childhood and not some story he just made up. Though some people have it worse off, nobody should have to endear what he did while living with Dwight. Wolff uses such clear imagery that I felt like I was there in the room with him as he details yet another encounter with his step-father. I wish his mother could have been a stronger woman for his sake, but I know it could not have been easy for her, understanding that she was in a horrible situation as well.
The book was adapted well into a movie, though some of the details are a bit jumbled and mixed around. It does not take away from Wolff's story or experiences.
Ratings (based on a 10 point scale)
Quality of Writing - 9
Pace - 8
Plot Development - 8
Characters - 8
Enjoyability - 9
Insightfulness - 10
Ease of Reading - 10
Photos/Illustrations - N/A
Overall Rating - 5 out of 5 stars