Skipped Parts (GroVont Triology #1)
"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...more
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...more
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...more
There were some bits in th...more
The plot of the story goes from extreme highs, precipitously drop to deep and dark lows and eventually climb back up to h...more
“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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
In some ways the boy is more of a grown up then his mother and in a lot of ways he's s...more
It's basically a tween soap opera on paper. needless to say i think i'll be avoiding this author in the future since people...more
A surprisingly good read that once again highlighted the reason we have the saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover." The silly movie-tie in photos painted a very different picture than the words inside. This is my first Tim Sandlin book but it won't be my last. I was so happy to find a frank book about teenage sexuality that avoided all the cliches. This was an exciting story from start to finish as we grow up right along with Sam, a boy who's had a tough start to life but is saved by his over...more
It is a story of coming of age, discovering sex, and understanding those around us, what it means
to be family, even with people you are not related to. Sam and Maury discover "biology". They did and said all of the things most of us only dreamed about and never, ever, spoke about out loud,much less actually DID at 13. (I wouldn't suggest you let your jr high kids read this.. you'll see why!)
And then it just got weird. And I get that 13 year-olds have a fascination with sex. And I get that when you know nothing about something everyone else seems to know you "study" whatever clues you can find (in this book they study what the characters in books do before the author "...more
The part that drove me bonkers with this book were the random daydreams he had - I kept picturing Ralphie in "A Christmas Story".
Part of me felt sorry for this kid another part of m...more
Sandlin spent his summer rite-of-passage years in Wyoming. He worked over 40 entry-level jobs including driving an ice cream truck, skinning elk, cooking...more