Publication Date: October 25, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Humor
August Barton could never have mentally prepared himself for his freshman year of college: not only has his anxiety increased, but his parents are divorcing, his new roommate thinks Augie is the biggest nerd in existence, and his grandma, a retired prostitute named Gertie, has taken to running away from her nursing home. Augie just wants to hole up in his dorm room with his Star Wars collectables and textbooks, but Gertie is not about to let that happen. What ensues is a crazy ride including naked trespassing, befriending a local biker gang, and maybe-just maybe-with Augie defeating his anxiety and actually getting the girl.
Poor Auggie. He’d just like a nice quiet life. But Grandma Gertie and her bestie aren’t going to let opportunities to be the hero pass him by. And along the way, Auggie might just brighten the lives of a bunch of people around him.
Auggie is, to put it mildly, awkward and quirky. He reminds me a bit of Robert Pattinson’s character, Daniel Gale, in How to Be, except Augie–with the support of his friends and family–ends up far more successful.
Recommended to those who enjoy Coming of Age stories. Four stars.
Jennifer LeBlanc was born and raised in South Dakota and has always had a knack for story-telling. When not writing, she can be found getting lost in a good book, doing something crafty, indulging in photography, or relaxing with her husband, two cats, and chihuahua. Jennifer loves animals and supports saving species on the verge of extinction. She currently works in merchant banking and credit services while writing her next project, a YA speculative thriller.