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Young Men Shall See

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Sometimes peace means silence, and justice means murder. Life for Gus Ambrose in the small community of River Falls, Georgia, is a constant struggle to seek wild adventure, understand the mystery of love and escape the pervasive boredom of high school. On the surface, River Falls is a peaceful and perfect world - a mix of quaint southern charm, happiness and safety. But th ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by Tag Publishing LLC
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John
Sep 19, 2013 John rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic book. (Full disclosure: I know the author. I went to school with the author. For the sake of professionalism I will not refer to him as "Scott". I actually finished the book over a week ago but waited to write this review to give myself a little distance.) This is Thompson's first novel and it is a damn fine one.

There is a bit of unevenness to some of the storytelling. (This is the only reason for the 4 star rating.) But that rockiness is overwhelmed by very good moments in
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Brannon
Apr 08, 2013 Brannon rated it really liked it
For a debut author, I thought Thompson did a great job and I found this story quite entertaining. One issue I had at first was the choppiness towards the middle of the story. I felt the characters and events jumped from one dramatic scene to the next without any calm between the storms. As I thought back, I realized this may have been the author's intentions. When you're young and deviant you are constantly looking for the next challenge/adventure to set out on. That's what these kids did. As fo ...more
Jodi
May 13, 2012 Jodi rated it it was amazing
Scott Thompson’s debut novel ‘Young Men Shall See’ is beautifully written. With degrees in computer information systems, business administration, and history it’s hard to imagine Thompson has time to write, but he does and masterfully weaves a riveting story following the lives of four friends as they grow from teenagers to young men.

Life in a small town like River Falls, Georgia can be a boring place for boys like Gus and his friends. Always seeking fun and adventure they are part of a secret
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Ally Atherton
May 12, 2013 Ally Atherton rated it it was amazing
This is a coming to age story told through the eyes of Gus Ambrose, a teenager in River Falls, a small community in Georgia. A tale of love and heartache, excitement and horror, a group of teenagers struggle to make sense of a world where old fashioned attitudes and myths collide with teenage boredom and a desire to have fun.

I liked everything about this book. I don't think there's anything I didn't like. I really loved the main characters and the world in which the story is told, I loved the
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Terry
May 30, 2012 Terry rated it really liked it
A "guy's coming of age" book that is easy to read.

Set in rural Georgia in the 1980's, the book follows Gus and his buddies through their senior year of high school. Gus, who is surprisingly mature for his years, faces almost all of this year alone, as his parents are "on the road" with his younger brother, a music prodigy.

At times, I was unsure where the plot was going, but I think this was an intentional effort to draw the reader into the ups and downs of a high school senior's last year. The
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Jenny Engler
Scott has a beautiful way of telling the story of 4 teens during their senior year of high school in 1980's Georgia.

Gus, Cassady, Ogie and Darwin, best friends since way back when,
are now brothers in the S.S.D.
[Society of Social Deviants, Protectors of the Gethsemane Gardens]

While reading about them dealing with absent parents,
a forbidden relationship,
a rape of one friend and the death of another,
a sleezy lawyer and a dying mother,
I felt myself growing so attached to Gus and the gang.

I started
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Tracie
May 11, 2012 Tracie rated it really liked it
Shelves: coming-of-age


Young Men Shall See is a nice coming of age story, following 4 teenagers in their senior year. As they grow and learn what it really means to grow up. Nice story.
John
Jun 24, 2012 John rated it it was amazing


Excellent coming of age story with a surprisingly dark, happy ending. Definitely recommend this to everyone.
Frances Scott
Dec 15, 2012 Frances Scott rated it liked it
I won this book on Goodreads FirstReads and very much enjoyed reading it. The vignettes from the lives of these four boys growing up together in River Falls, Georgia were charming and realistic. The female characters and their situations were also appealing and had the ring of truth. My only criticism is that the writing seemed uneven to me in terms of quality. I would rate some passages and chapters as truly outstanding writing; others were choppy and needed to be re-worked. I fault the editor ...more
Kimberly Kern
Apr 09, 2015 Kimberly Kern rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprising twist!

I chose to read this book because my husband went to college with the author. It was, at first, a fun, nostalgic, "coming of age" kind of story...and then, well, I don't want to spoil it! Let's just suffice it to say that it went places I wasn't at all expecting...and it stirred my emotions. You tell a good tale, Scott...I'm looking forward to reading your other books!
Vickie Sigler
Aug 20, 2016 Vickie Sigler rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I heard good things about this book, but was disappointed. My interest waned several times and I found it difficult to finish The writing was poor, the characters uninteresting. Can't give it a higher rating. :(
Natalie
Jul 23, 2012 Natalie marked it as wish-list
Read Suko's Notebook review and thought it sounded interesting. Putting it on my must read list!
Michelle
Aug 18, 2012 Michelle rated it did not like it
The story had no structure and was, quite frankly, all over the place. Not enjoyable at all.
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Eight Days, Scott's new novel, will be released in March, 2016.

Georgia Author of the Year nominee, for first novel, Scott Thompson was born and raised in the American South where his stories take place. His debut novel, Young Men Shall See, is a coming of age story set in the 1980s in a time of quiet social change and examines the generation in the South after the Civil Rights Era. Eight Days, rel
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“When we became teenagers boredom grew like a moth in a cocoon fighting to escape, and the peace created by our parents became a prison. We sought excitement and adventure. We sought anything but the sinless, pure, and average of the faux idyllic.” 11 likes
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