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April Morning

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  1,913 Ratings  ·  184 Reviews
When you read this novel about April 19, 1775, you will see the British redcoats marching in a solid column through your town. Your hands will be sweating and you will shake a little as you grip your musket because never have you shot with the aim of killing a man. But you will shoot, and shoot again and again while your shoulder aches from your musket's kick and the tight ...more
Paperback, 202 pages
Published October 1st 1983 by Bantam (first published 1961)
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Mar 14, 2011 Jen rated it really liked it
Once I got past all of the necessary character building of teenage angst and adults being jerky and not understanding of those darn kids, it got better. I think the history of the initial battle scene may have been slightly altered for a more dramatic telling, but not in a horrible, I can't believe the author did that way.

I think the author did a very good job showing how so much can change in just one 24 hour day. To go from regular teenage pouting and railing against parents, to deadly conflic
Feb 27, 2012 Tracey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somehow we never read this in high school, so I was interested in the Netgalley offering for the new Open Road digital edition. It seems to be a nice edition, apart from a few odd typos ('"We'd never sleep a peaceful night again – not ever again, no V"'); the cover art is stark and attractive.

April Morning is the story of about thirty-six hours in the life of fifteen-year-old Adam Cooper, a farm boy in Massachusetts living a placid life with his domineering father, Moses, and his sweet mother, s
Dec 08, 2014 Maddie rated it did not like it
Literally the worst book I have ever read. But still a better love story than Twilight.
Valentina Ochoa
Dec 08, 2014 Valentina Ochoa rated it did not like it
My class had to read this book for Academic Strategies, and at first, my friend and I thought it would be a good book, but after reading the first few pages, we realized we were sorely mistaken. Talk about "Don't judge a book by its cover". The story was impossible to follow, and at times, I wanted to just give up on the book, but since we were forced to, my friend and I had no choice but to keep reading. The book got better at one part, and then got worse almost instantly. Howard Fast had one p ...more
Karen B.
May 03, 2016 Karen B. rated it really liked it
This was at least my second, perhaps my third time reading this novel and once again I found it very informative. Historically it recounts the morning of April 18-19, 1775 and the first battle of the Revolutionary war. The story is told through the eyes of Adam Cooper, a boy of 15. We have the teenage angst of a boy feeling unloved by his father, who is a strict disciplinarian. Adam is confused by his feeling and his desire for independence from his father. Adam also is interested in a young gir ...more
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Nov 01, 2014 Amber at Fall Into Books rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It really helped me see the Revolution from the ground level, even though it was through a work of fiction.
Joe Puchalla
Jan 24, 2017 Joe Puchalla rated it really liked it
The American Revolution was arguably one of the most important events to grace this world in modern times, and, thus is written about. Howard Fast’s April Morning is certainly an interesting take on it, written from the point of view of a teenager who finds himself at the center of the first fight of the war, at Lexington and Concord. Despite its flaws, I find it to be an interesting novel and would recommend it.
April Morning is about a fifteen-year-old named Adam who lives in the small town of
Oct 01, 2015 Shari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most beautiful books written, a story of how we foolishly go into war without understanding what it is going to do to us, or get caught up in war because our leaders do not realize that those who would bring war to us are merely greedy and have a sense that everything should belong to them. Or all to often we are lead into war by leaders who are greedy and think that all things should belong to them. It works for both sides and we pay the price.

Howard Fast has never let me down. I alw
May 10, 2012 Fergie rated it really liked it
I never read this book in high school and, in fact, never heard of it until I saw it on a discount bookshelf at a local book store. Being a lover of historical fiction, I decided the time was right for me to delve into the American Revolution. Up to that point, most of the books that I had read from that period had been straightforward history books about the prominent figures of that time. What I discovered within the pages of "April Morning" was a compelling story of a young, Massachusetts boy ...more
Nov 01, 2010 Erica rated it did not like it
This book takes place during Colonial America at the start of the Revolutionary War. It tells the beginning of the war, the very first shot. It is written from the life of a teenage boy who joins his town militia when his father is killed when the British first march on his town. The only thing this book was good for was telling people how gruesome war can be. It isn't pretty, it isn't nice, and people don't always die when they are shot. At one point the defending townspeople shoot a man on hor ...more
Brandon Olds
Feb 11, 2013 Brandon Olds rated it liked it
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Caleb Allen
Sep 21, 2015 Caleb Allen rated it it was ok
The main character throughout this book's name is Adam Cooper; he is 15 years old. It takes place in around 1775 and in the colonies. I would honestly not recommend this book to anyone that I know; I say this because it was not really intriguing, it spent a lot of time on things that were not really worthy of spending as much time on as the author did. This book could have been great; the entire idea could have been really neat, but the author ruined it by adding all this romance and stories fr ...more
Jul 20, 2009 Julianne rated it really liked it
I will always admit to being a slow reader. So it takes me a while to get into a book, especially when it is an actual book and not an audiobook. With this book, once I got into it, I really enjoyed it. This is American History in a very palatable way. The author takes me to a long ago time, a faraway place. I care about this family, this boy, these people. I am desolated when they begin the battle, but I can understand why it went that way. I am thrilled when help/support comes, and this boy is ...more
Oct 10, 2013 Ridwana rated it did not like it
Shelves: school
There's always that thing that happens to you when you have to read a book for school.

I mean, I bet I would have absolutely adored Ender's Game, if it hadn't been for school. I'm pretty sure that The Outsiders is the only reading for school that I did that I actually enjoyed.

I'm not going to do a review or whatever for this because, really? Who the actual fuck would?

It sucked.

I didn't even pay attention to the second half of this book because I was just reading to get rid of the pages.

So bye.
Noah Mcclintock
Sep 05, 2014 Noah Mcclintock rated it did not like it
Shelves: most-hated-books
The worst war book I've ever read. I had to read this back in Middle School as an assignment in English. It didn't look that bad. But then I started reading it. It was terrible. Boring story, unlikable characters, I was about ready to toss this in the garbage bin before remembering it was the school's book.

Sean Chick
Aug 12, 2011 Sean Chick rated it really liked it
Great book until after Lexington. It then becomes a bit more conventional and certainly less evocative. The first half though is masterful. Do yourself a favor though, and find a copy of "The Unvanquished." Still the best historical fiction book on the American Revolution.
Works well as a cross-curricular novel with SS. Told from the point of view of Adam, a fifteen-year-old boy, so connects well with middle schoolers. Has some parts that are exciting & action-packed; other parts are way too slow.
Feb 15, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing
This is probable one of the best books I have ever read about the thoughts and feelings of the young men who fought in the Battle of Lexington. I would definitely recommend it to anyone in love with Historical books!!
Jan 13, 2010 Claire rated it it was amazing
I'm due for a re-read. This book amazed and horrified me as a child--an anodyne to the notion that wars are romantic and bloodless affairs.
Feb 07, 2017 Kate rated it really liked it
I did NOT expect to enjoy this book as much as I did...

April Morning is a timely, raw coming of age story about a boy who exchanges his childhood for manhood in the cold, early hours of an April morning during the battle of Lexington.

If you are a big fan of historical fiction, I highly recommend you read this novel. It was heartbreaking, but amazing.
Jan 08, 2017 Kay marked it as to-read
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Jan 03, 2017 Michael rated it really liked it
I first read this book back in Jr. High English. Back then it didn't really mean anything to me, but I get it now.
Joy H.
Added 1/14/14.
I did not read this book. Instead I watched the movie via Netflix streaming in Jan. 2014. The book was first published in 1961. The movie was made in 1988.

This movie/book tells the story of the "Lexington & Concord" incident which started the Revolutionary War when the American colonies rose up against England.

"The 'April Morning' here is the famous April 19, 1775 upon which the "Shot heard 'round the world" was fired, signaling the start of the American Revolution." [from IMDb
Jun 15, 2015 Jeanne rated it really liked it
In the beginning, I almost lost patience with this story. After recently viewing an episode of Game of Thrones, I’d had enough of senseless death, blood and guts, but April Morning became more.

Howard Fast opened his story by building a solid foundation of home and family. That made it all the more devastating when the boy’s life was torn apart. Overnight he went from being an innocent to being capable of killing. The same transformation was true of his family, his town, and the entire country.
Michael Minniti
May 15, 2016 Michael Minniti rated it really liked it
April Morning was written by Howard Fast in 1961. The book is about a young man named Adam growing up in Revolutionary War time in Lexington Massachusetts in the year 1775. He joins the rebels against his father’s wishes. The theme of April Morning is growing up. April Morning was overall a great book.

The main characters of the book are Adam Cooper (protagonist), Moses Cooper (Adam’s father and a town leader), Sarah Cooper (Adam’s mother), Levi Cooper (Adam’s brother), Ruth Simmons (Adam’s girl
Jack Doherty
Feb 26, 2016 Jack Doherty rated it really liked it
Jack Doherty

The book April Morning is written by Howard Fast. The main character, Adam Cooper is fifteen years old and wants to join the militia to fight against the British on April 18, 1775. Adam and his father do not get along, and Adam thinks his father does not like him. Adam thinks he is a man but his parents disagree. When his father allows him to join the militia Adam is excited to be treated like a man. April Morning shows that growing up is not easy, and parents and kids do not always
Alec Hillmeyer
Dec 16, 2012 Alec Hillmeyer rated it really liked it
In the Novel, April Morning by Howard Fast, the main character, Adam, is struggling with the idea of how to become a man. In the first two chapters of the book, Adam’s father, Moses, is always mad and disappointed at Adam for his lack of enthusiasm. He always tells Adam that he is “Slow to start and quick to finsish.” (Fast 1) All Adam wants is his dad’s approval and respect for who he is. Adam’s family is very complex in these first few chapters. His grandmother is helpful in developing him as ...more
Jul 14, 2013 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads, fiction
Although it was a bit of a slow start, there were times I was engrossed by the book, other times it moved slowly, but in the end the author brought a very harsh and raw look at the war and how it affected those who fought in it.

The writing style and narrative were very well done, although there were times throughout the book I did find it moved slowly, which influenced how the plot was carried forward. There were a few spots throughout the book, where the plot didn't seem to move along enough,
Jul 22, 2012 Curtiss rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical-novel
I recently discovered the American writer, Howard Fast, when I picked up a copy of "April Morning", his novel about the first day of the American Revolution, in the $2 bin at my local Big Lots! store. It had been published as part of The John Jakes' Library of History Collection. Jakes' Introduction described how Fast, as a former member of the Communist Party had been blacklisted by Hollywood and denied on-screen credit for the screenplay to the movie "Spartacus", but that he remained a compell ...more
Dec 29, 2011 Graceann rated it really liked it
A quick, effective read about how quickly one's perspective can change; in this case, literally overnight.

Young Adam Cooper cannot seem to do anything that pleases his father. Like most 15-year-olds, he can't set a foot right, and feels awful about it. Then comes a rider in the night, telling of the army of redcoats who are marching toward Lexington.

This is an excellent young adult read, for anyone who thinks that war is glorious and would go with enthusiasm and joy. Fast tidies battle up cons
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Howard Fast (1914–2003) was one of the most prolific American writers of the twentieth century. He was a bestselling author of more than eighty works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays. The son of immigrants, Fast grew up in New York City and published his first novel upon finishing high school in 1933. In 1950, his refusal to provide the United States Congress with a list of possible ...more
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