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Skipped Parts (GroVont Triology #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,036 Ratings  ·  207 Reviews

"Funny, shocking, downright revolting, and occasionally sad. Sandlin is a compelling storyteller...Skipped Parts is somewhere between The Catcher in the Rye and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues."
-Los Angeles Times Book Review

Banished to the hinterlands of Wyoming, rebellious Lydia Callahan and her thirteen-year-old son Sam have no choice but to cope. But while Lydia drinks and

Hardcover, 338 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Henry Holt & Company
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Apr 24, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I downloaded this free kindle book without having seen the cover or the YA designation (Young Adult as in teen). So glad I wasn't predjudiced and judge this one by the cover. I'm going to try to figure out the Facebook link with my Kindle, so that I can post a quote from the book. There have been too many to count, and kindle lets you highlight them and share them, supposedly, on Facebook. Hope I can manage it. Story of a teen boy and his weird mom, his pov is great and the writing has brilli ...more
May 26, 2011 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
Alcoholism. Dysfunctional family relationships. Mental illness. Teenage pregnancy. Doesn't sound hilarious, does it? Yet somehow Sandlin makes this coming-of-age story set in GroVont, Wyoming in the early 1960s, funny and touching as well as appalling.

13-year-old Sam Callahan and his irresponsible alcoholic single mother Lydia have been sentenced by his wealthy grandfather to live in GroVont in hopes that something there will help Lydia mature. And Sam and Lydia do mature in various way, finding
Aug 26, 2014 Christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew going in that, based on the reviews, this was a "love it or hate it" novel. Fortunately, I came in firmly on the side of love.

And that's kind of what this book is about - love. At least, love from the point of view of a 13-year old boy being raised by a woman who can't take care of herself. First, though, the title: Skipped Parts refers to... well, it's best explained by this quote:

"In books people often kissed before things were either skipped or talked about so metaphorically no one kne
Mrs W
Jan 20, 2013 Mrs W rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
In 1963, Sam is a 13-year-old boy who lives with his mother, Lydia. The two are under the thumb of Lydia’s father, who provides for them financially and has sent them to Nowhere, Wyoming as a form of punishment. The only other intelligent person in Sam’s grade is a girl named Maury, and the two of them set off to academically discover what happens in the “skipped parts” of novels—after the kissing and before the morning after. What is already a complicated situation becomes further complicated a ...more
Dec 13, 2011 George rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-st

“Children laugh at pain. It’s what makes them children.”—page 13

There were many parts of Tim Sandlin’s novel, ‘Skipped Parts,’ that I wish I had skipped. This novel came to me as a ‘free’ eBook from Barnes & Noble as part of their ‘Free Fridays’ promo (the hook) and when I read: “Skipped Parts is somewhere between The Catcher in the Rye and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues."-Los Angeles Times Book Review” (the line and sinker) I couldn’t wait to read it.

There were tim
Apr 10, 2011 Latte rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick summary: teenaged pregnancy in the early 60's told from the boy's perspective.

I can't say I liked this book at all. But much as you can't help slowing down to look at an accident on the highway, I couldn't help but finish reading the book. It started off slowly for me but as I read on, the characters began to grow on me. Disfunctionality thrives within the characters, in a way that makes them very real to the reader. Think reading instead of watching an episode of Teen Mom, set in another
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Jan 23, 2016 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very human novel, warts and all. I think most of us would not want to be associated with many of the characters in the book in real life, but within the confines of the printed page Tim Sandlin has created real people that we root for, laugh at, and who make us shake our heads in disgust. In short, the characters are real.
The title "Skipped Parts" can be taken so many ways, but while most readers think the title refers to the teenage sex in the novel, and the way that sex is treated in
Thomas Holbrook
Oct 06, 2014 Thomas Holbrook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
“Skipped Parts” a phrase indicating missing elements, whose importance is not noticed until well after they are needed, at which time the problem created by said parts being skipped is well established, of near overwhelming mass and cause for potential general panic when the void becomes widely known. For Sam Callahan, the untrustworthy narrator of this often hilarious, then by turn profane, novel, Skipped Parts refers to those moments in the fiction writing of pre-1960’s that are left to the r ...more
Sep 22, 2014 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tim Sandlin captures the eager innocence of thirteen-year-olds who'd like to experiment with sex almost as much as they'd like to have a Fudgsicle. He's a goofy writer, and I mean that with affection. The book is funny, sad, and full of heart. The plot is improbable, the characters absurd, and I totally buy it. That's the nature of good comedy.

Be warned that this is not a YA book. It's about thirteen-year-olds, but not FOR thirteen-year-olds. It's for adults who can laugh about the first ignoran
Dec 31, 2015 Brent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally this book would never have crossed my path. But there were reviewers out there comparing it to Vonnegut, Joseph Heller, and John Irving. These people should not be allowed to read books anymore.

That having been said, Skipped Parts isn't bad. It takes a bunch of very serious issues and treats them with a light, mildly humorous, touch. Mom's an alcoholic slut. The definition of white trash. Our thirteen year old protagonist (her son) is basically parenting her. Grandpa is a gentleman sout
Apr 21, 2009 Autum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have got to admit there were a few parts of this book that had me cringing, had me wondering if I wanted to go any further. I kept going, and I am so glad I did. Sandlin is a genious. An unexpected genious. He is supposedly known for his humor but I know him now for his heart! He allows you to believe in humanity in this read. The road is long and tragic but once you arrive at the destination Sandlin has delivered you to you fully understand that all the tragedy was necessity. Beautiful.
Oct 21, 2014 Farhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bittersweet tale of a precocious, wise-beyond-his-years, cynical thirteen-year-old boy who moves with his sharp-tongued, aloof, alcoholic mother to a hick town in Wyoming. As the boy, Sam, tries to come to grips with the problems, confusions, and complexities of his adolescent life, his mother continues her doomed romantic entanglements with a couple of local men.

Narrated in the adolescent vernacular of Sam, the novel is witty, bitingly incisive, cynical, and has some really eye-opening insig
Apr 06, 2011 Mich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wow.. free on kindle... loved it! sandlin writing reminds me of joe landsdale and carl hiaassen,both of whom i love! th't at first it was a bit weird and when i think of the subject content it is but i really liked it! infact started the next one(this is the first of three)as soon as i finshed this one! tho't sams' daydreams where a total kick.
give it a whirl but expect some 'out there' ideas... i'd like to meet Lydia!
Oct 30, 2015 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I purchased Skipped Parts on December 17, 2011. I know this because Amazon told me so. It also told me that I shipped it to my mom's house, which probably means that I first attempted to read it over winter break. Four years ago.

Then it moved with me twice (from Wisconsin to New Jersey, and then again within the state of New Jersey), and I really forgot about it until I had to find a book I'd started and never finished for my 2015 reading challenge. I don't abandon many books (as you can see by
Ian Mapp
First part of the GroVont trilogy, and i had made the mistake of reading social blunders first.

The book introduces to the 13 year old sam callaghan.... and this is the problem with the book. His confidence and huimour in the 3rd book where he is well into adulthood rings true. In this book, the 13year old sounds exactly the same and this does not ring true.

Neither do his relationships with his mother, who is encouraging his sexual experiences with a 13 year old girl, Sam first wife in subsequent
Mar 13, 2008 C.E. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Sam Callahan, Sandlin creates one of the great characters of recent American literature. Equal parts Walter Mitty and Holden Caulfield, Sam is a hilarious narrator with a truly unique voice. If the book were nothing more than a series of comic misadventures of Sam and his irreverent Southern Belle mother, Lydia as they are transplanted from the good ol' south to rural Wyoming, it would be a great read.

However, Skipped Parts is far more than that. Beyond Sam and Lydia, Sandlin populates GroVon
May 30, 2011 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. If you get offended by 'white trash' and teenage sex, maybe you should skip this one. The hero of this book is a 13 year Sam Callahan. He lives with his 28 year old alcoholic mother, Lydia in GroVant, WY. The part have been banished from their home in North Carolina by Lydia's over-bearing father. Sam meets 13 year old Maurey. They are both bright and enjoy reading. Maurey is curious about sex and talks Sam into experimenting with her. When they can't figure out how i ...more
Jun 02, 2011 Philip rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Occasionally something in this book would remind me that the narrator/main character is thirteen years old. This always seemed like a jolt out of nowhere as the writing doesn't at all seem like a teenager. It feels much more like an adult trying to be a teenager by claiming ignorance of some things. Unfortunately, the book then goes on to explore those things, most of which involve sex, which is really unpleasasnt when I'm reminded that the main characters are thirteen.

There were some bits in th
Dec 21, 2011 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a hard book for me to rate. I don't quite know how I feel about it.

Sam is a 13 year old boy who, along with his mother Lydia, is banished to GroVont, Wyoming by his grandfather because his mom messed up somehow. He doesn't fit in at school and is pretty miserable until he finds a friend in Maurey. Together they explore things beyond their maturity level and learn a big lesson the hard way.

It was hard to get into the book in the beginning. It was pretty slow but I thought it was well writ
Nov 21, 2013 Frank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, literature
I thought this book was great - full of humor, love, passion, sex, and a satirization of life in a small Wyoming town in 1963. The protagonist of the story is 13-year old Sam Callahan who is forced by his grandfather to move to Wyoming from South Carolina with his more than promiscuous mother. While there, he meets and befriends Maurey in school, a girl who is anxious to find out the mysteries of sex. Well, they find out all right and soon Maurey ends up pregnant! The novel is full of interestin ...more
Jan 03, 2012 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Richard by: Gene Carpenter
Shelves: modern-fiction
Skipped Parts takes place in the mid 1960s and is told from the perspective of a 13 year old boy who along with his single mother has been banished from North Caroline to western Wyoming by his grandfather. The name comes from the fact that the narrator and his new found friend Maury want to learn about sex but all the novels they read seem to skip the truly informative parts.

The plot of the story goes from extreme highs, precipitously drop to deep and dark lows and eventually climb back up to h
Apr 27, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
First of all...let me say you should NEVER judge a book by its hideous and ridiculous cover. I can only presume this is one of the original covers for the novel [though it is now far more sleek and becoming].

Second of all...I downloaded this on a whim as it was free for the Kindle at the time not realizing that it was technically a YA novel, though I didn't mind as I've been on a bit of a YA stint lately. I came into it with no expectations and had zero idea on what the premise would be. Had I
Oct 26, 2014 Mandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I sometimes like to browse the Free Fridays giveaways on the Nook blog. I’ve read a few of the offered books and was surprisingly pleased at how much I enjoyed them, so when I was looking for something to read next, I figured I would give this one a try. In the reviews, many people said it was a great plot, but others were bothered by the inappropriate sexual content and the misrepresentation of Wyoming residents. The prospect of those issues didn’t bother me and the plot intrigued me so I figur ...more
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Aug 01, 2012 Donna BookWorm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Skipped Parts by Tim Sandlin was by far a very interesting read.
Basic Plot:
This is the story of Sam, a 13 year old boy with no father and a very dysfunctional mother. He washes Valiums down with Dr. Pepper and wants to be the next greatest writer. Then he goes and accidently knocks up a 13 year old girl.
What I liked:
It was funny, and it's meant to be funny, it's just more of a satire funny than a comedy funny.
I loved Sam and Lydia (his mother) they had such a weird/great/unconventional relations
Mar 13, 2012 Joppe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny? No. Amusing? No. Reluctantly enjoyable? Yes very.
Are the Callahans a Wyoming family take on Tortilla Flat? The way Sandlin makes us see the logic of almost unbearable situations of outsiders certainly makes me think of Steinbeck. Who am I to argue with LA Times book review, but I have a hard time seeing many parallels with Tom Robbins, however.

I liked the characters a lot, there is a great warmth in the way they are described regardless of what they do or what situation they are in, and
Alan Mills
Nov 28, 2015 Alan Mills rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Great coming of age novel, with equal parts humor and tragedy. Much better than the two follow up books (Sorrow Floats and Social Blunders), both of which have hints of the heights reached in Skipped Parts, but never quite get there.

Skipped Parts refers to the parts that are always skipped in books for teens--mostly, the actual sex. So, our protagonist decides to fill in those skipped parts. Both humor and tragedy ensue. Very well done.
Feb 16, 2009 Chelsea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A different kind of coming of age novel that probably portrays this subject in a more true to life fashion than some others. The story is set in 1963 and Sam Callahan is the child of an alcoholic mother and therefore is mature for his age. He is bookish and feels like an outsider when he and his mother are forced to move from North Carolina west. When he meets an adventurous girl in his class and they decide to explore the "skipped parts" of the books that they are reading, Sam's life becomes ev ...more
Apr 20, 2011 kb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cringe-festival
The problem with widely-acclaimed books is that I cannot quite get completely into them as I expect my self to be. It is a dangerous shituation because what happens is that I end up questioning my taste in reading and ability to grasp understanding on these well-critiqued novels. And without shame, that's what I did 50 pages into this book. Sure, I (kinda) knew what's going on in the story but I didn't get WHY it was happening. Really a wonder because with a plot as complicated as it has, writin ...more
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Tim Sandlin has published ten novels and a book of columns. He wrote eleven screenplays for hire; three have been made into movies. He turned forty with no phone, TV, or flush toilet and now he has all that stuff. Tim and his wife adopted a little girl from China. He is now living happily (indoors) with his family in Jackson, Wyoming.
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