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Lost in the '90s

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""AS LONG AS I LIVE, I WILL NEVER FORGET THE NIGHT OF 4.7.12..."" KURT loves the 1990s! Thanks to his parents who graduated Hazel Park High the exact same year he was born - 1994 - he's a walking encyclopedia of '90s nostalgia from "American Pie" to Zima.

DAVE dreams of becoming the next Kurt Cobain. But first, he has to get himself out of "Hazeltucky" - and away from the p
Paperback, 298 pages
Published April 5th 2012 by Woodward Avenue Books (first published April 2nd 2012)
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Reading Wolf
Now this is the story all about how
Kurt's life got flipped-turned upside down
And I'd like to take minute
Just sit right there
I'll tell you how Kurt became proud
of his town called Hazel Park.

Ok, so it doesn't EXACTLY rhyme along with the Fresh Prince theme song, but hey I gave it a shot.

No lie, Kurt's life does get flipped upside down when he takes an adrenaline filled stage dive during Hillbilly High's "Lost in the '90s" dance. Soon after he meets two teens from different walks of life. But un
Heidi Champa
Mar 07, 2012 Heidi Champa rated it it was amazing
Ah, the 90’s. When Jennifer Aniston was Rachel on ‘Friends’, flannel was a fashion statement and the only Kardashian we had to keep up with was OJ Simpson’s lawyer. It is also the setting for a fabulous new book by Frank Anthony Polito, (author of Band Fags and Drama Queers) called Lost in the 90’s.

Kurt Peregrine finds out his ex-girlfriend is pregnant with his child at the 90’s themed school dance where his band is supposed to play. After a mishap during their performance, Kurt winds up back w
Feb 17, 2012 Ryan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, romance, drama, school, teen
For those who grew up in the 1990s it was a decade of peace and prosperity. Before the internet, cell phones, Netflix and iTunes, there were 'zines, pagers, VHS and record stores. Grunge defined the music of the decade and Kurt Cobain was its most visible symbol. Polito has captured the cultural zeitgeist of this decade in his new book "Lost in the 90s". It is at once a throwback and a love letter to the decade between the Cold War and the War on Terror. However, this Young Adult novel stays awa ...more
Peter Wright
Feb 23, 2012 Peter Wright rated it really liked it
As he did in Band Fags and Drama Queers, Frank Anthony Polito once again takes his readers on a nostalgic pop culture journey – this time to the 90s. Kurt (class of 2012) inherited a lot more than his father’s good looks and amazing singing voice; he also has a love for anything 90s. One night, at a school dance, shortly before his band is scheduled to perform a classic set of 90s hits, his ex girlfriend announces that she’s pregnant and wants his help getting an abortion. Not long later, Kurt t ...more
Beth Gordon
Sep 06, 2012 Beth Gordon rated it it was ok
Having graduated high school in 1995 AND having been in Seattle during the 90s, this book obviously resonated to me by its title alone.

The story is very Back to the Future - esque. Main character Kurt (named after Kurt Cobain) gets a present day head injury and goes back in time to 1994 when his parents were at the same dance. Hijinks ensue. Main character goes back to the future at the end.

This is my first Polito book. I'm not sure if the dialogue of this book resembles his other books. It's v
Jan 30, 2016 JennRenee rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
When I first heard of this book I was really excited. I was a teenager in the 90s and I thought this should be good for nostalgia. The synopsis sounds funny and I should give it a try. I was not as pleased as I hoped I would be but it was still a bit of fun.

The short version of the story is a boy, Kurt, who is obsessed with the 90s, he loves the clothes, the media, and the icons of the 90s. He is a few weeks away from graduation and he receives some life altering news. He hits his head and find
Teen Spirits
Frank Anthony Polito delivers a dose of ’90s nostalgia
By Christa Buchanan

After the success of his hilarious, flash-back inducing, coming-of-age odes to everything ’80s — Band Fags in 2008 and the sequel Drama Queers in 2009 — award-winning author Frank Anthony Polito is now winks at the grunge era.
Polito, a veritable fountain of pop culture knowledge, his eye for minutiae and ear for colloquialisms bringing bygone eras to life, again pays homage to his hometown of Hazel Park with Lo
I tried very hard to like this book. After all, I lived through the nineties; it should be as topical to me as anybody else over the age of twenty. But I was born in the 1960s and this book is written from the point of view of teenagers. Therefore, the tone is rather adolescent and it’s not really touching me very deeply. True, a couple of the characters are facing crises. Two girls are pregnant while in high school and their boyfriends aren’t exactly being helpful about the situation.

But the r
Mar 27, 2012 Geoffrey rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, near-time
Disclaimer: This is the third Polito book I've read and the third reviewed. I received this one as an advance copy from the author but I would have bought it anyways.

Like with Band Fags! and Drama Queers!, this book deals with teen sexuality and coming of age. Unlike the first two, this one has a more fantastic spin to it in that it involves time travel. The story revolves around Kurt Peregrin who is 17 in 2012, a senior and just found out his girlfriend in pregnant. He falls at a school dance,
May 05, 2012 Clementine rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, ya, 2012
Kurt is a little obsessed with the 90s. He blames/credits his parents, who graduated Hazel Park High School the same year he was born (1994). As a result, he’s a veritable 90s pop culture fountain. When his band performs at his school’s 90s-themed dance, a wild stage-dive leaves him with a bump on his head…and a trip back in time to the 90s. As Kurt navigates the past, he also deals with the fact that somewhere nearby are his parents…who are teenagers just like him. What would happen if he bumps ...more
Nov 27, 2015 Bradley rated it really liked it
I've had this on my shelf waiting for a precise moment in time to arrive so I could read it. That moment, my 20th high school reunion, arrived last night. This book was an easy breezy read that I finished in a day.

I waited until my reunion because I grew up in Hazel Park, went to Hazel Park High School and graduated Class of 1994. The fictional Kurt would have been a classmate and many of my real classmates served the author as historical reference points.

This book served as a literary time mach
Jun 14, 2015 Don rated it really liked it
What if you could meet your parents when they were teenagers. What if you could influence their getting together somehow so that you could be born? That's the premise in this delightful YA novel about time travel and ultimately finding out what's important in life.
Amy P.
Jul 05, 2015 Amy P. rated it it was ok
This book was very different than other stories bu Frank Anthony Polito. There was a time-traveling component to this book that I don't even think he fully believed in as he had his main character dismiss several times how implausible it all seemed. I do believe if you need to use your character to directly support your plot then perhaps you need a more plausible storyline. However, Polito does a wonderful job of encapsulating the feeling of the 90's. This author has a gift with capturing the fe ...more
Debbie Thurlo
Apr 05, 2012 Debbie Thurlo rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
The first couple chapters had me doubting I could read the whole book, (there's a little too much slang for my taste} but I stuck with it, and I have to say it got better. The plot was a little too much like Back to the Future and I kept hoping something unexpected would happen but I enjoyed getting to know Kurt, Dave, and Michelle. The characters are believable and I really liked the moral of the story (the importance of family) but the storyline wasn't very original. I was hoping for more.

I wo
Frank Claudy
Feb 11, 2014 Frank Claudy rated it really liked it
What a nice story that took me back to my younger years. But now I've got a problem. I remember that I loved the series 'The Heights' and would love to watch it again. But it seems you cannot find it on the internet, not on DVD nor as download. Grrrr
Tom Ratliff
Sep 17, 2012 Tom Ratliff rated it it was amazing
The Hazeltucky clan is back again...this one set in 2012, but Kurt the main character goes back to the '90's and has to be friends with his parents! He has to help them stay together for his own sake! Loved it!
Dec 31, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
I thought I should be conservative with my rating since Frank is a friend. He brought me back to the 90's and I cared about his characters. This is my favorite so far!
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Frank Anthony Polito is an award-winning author and playwright. His published novels include Band Fags (2008 “Best Fiction” – InsightOut Book Club) and Drama Queers (2009 Lambda Literary Award), and the novella “A Christmas to Remember” (the sequel to BAND FAGS!) as featured in the collection Remembering Christmas.

In April 2012, Frank published his first Young Adult novel, Lost in the 90s under hi
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