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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  14 reviews

Sophomoric Philosophy is the debut novel of Chicago author, publisher, accountant, and bar-owner Victor David Giron. It's the coming-of-age story of Alejandro (“Alex”) Lopez, a 30-something first generation Mexican-American who is struggling with his direction in life. Alex is an acco
Paperback, 408 pages
Published October 16th 2010 by Curbside Splendor Publishing
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Read 4/28/11 - 5/10/11
4 Stars - Strongly Recommended

Sophomoric Philosophy is a highly deceiving little novel. The title and design reminds you of something you might find on the cover of a college textbook, doesn't it?

Funny story... During the Little League Opening Day Ceremony, I stood out in the field holding this book, watching my kids getting their team photos taken and I was asked by the photographer what I was reading. Holding the book out to her, I said "Sophomoric Phil
Victor knows small towns, and definitely knows drugs and chicks. He also knows what we listened to, watched and read in the eighties and nineties, adding a layer of time and place that is both uniquely Chicagoland and full of pop culture awareness. All of this is done with wit and nuance, but what allows Victor and this novel to transcend, and expand, on the genre is not only the exploration of the immigrant experience, specifically being first generation Americans navigating American culture, a ...more
I'm really glad I read this book. There was a lot I could really relate to like trying to balance art/passion with security/reality, as well as, looking back idealistically on youth and the fun times/conversations that sometimes as adults, we don't have any more.

Now that I'm 30, (actually 18 with 12 years of experience), and almost all of my friends are married and starting their own families, I can totally relate to Alex when he says he doesn't want those things. I too want adventures, experie
Besides Giron’s gift of splicing in the perfect song to make a scene truly come alive, much akin to the beautiful scenes in movies like Dazed and Confused, Almost Famous, and that moment in the Royal Tenenbaums when the Velvet Underground and Nico’s “These Days” chimes in, what I enjoyed most about Sophomoric Philosophy was its humanity. Specifically, its genuine insight into a young man’s perspective on the world around him. The whole story is recounted with a crisp, always honest prose, and al ...more
Loved this book! It tells the story of a man (Alex) struggling with the machine of his modern adult life as he fondly looks back at the excitement, future unknowns, and adolescent ideals of youth. This novel grabbed my attention from the first few chapters, and was a great read as it transitioned smoothly from past to present and back again on a number of relatable topics. Highly recommended, especially to those in their 30's looking to explore what the hell happened in their own lives over the ...more
Ellen Beals
This coming-of-age story is narrated by Alex who tells his story in an easy, casual and engaging voice. This book will appeal to many readers, especially Chicagoans and fans of rock and alternative music from 1980s and 1990s.
Victor Giron
Feb 22, 2011 Victor Giron rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Since this is my book, I love it, and I think it's a five. Instead of writing my own review, here's one from somoene I don't know and that was put up at Barnes & Noble dot come by Paul Hassegawa Overacker ("PaulH-O") who is film-maker and artist based out of New York. I love this review because I feel like it captures the essence of the book, although he only gives it a 4. Here it is:

"Even Accountants Need Philosophy:

This Gen X Mexican-American college grad tackles the prickly world of easy
Curbside Splendor
Coming-of-age, Mexican-American style. Dazed and confused meets High Fidelity meets Gone With the Wind, and a touch of The Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao.

"Victor knows small towns, and definitely knows drugs and chicks. He also knows what we listened to, watched and read in the eighties and nineties, adding a layer of time and place that is both uniquely Chicagoland and full of pop culture awareness. All of this is done with wit and nuance, but what allows Victor and this novel to transcend, and e
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

I find myself with mixed emotions, now that I've finished Chicagoan Victor David Giron's literary debut, the lightly fictionalized memoir Sophomoric Philosophy; because on the one hand, it's an undeniably earnest and plaintive book that I very much wanted to like, all about a second-gen Mexican-American wh
I loved it. It's so full of honesty, self deprecation, and humor that I couldn't put it down. Victor threads strong themes throughout the entire book which include balancing passions with his career and maintaining his Latin American heritage. The serious themes are often separated by humor as we look into the main character, Alex, struggles (and triumphs) with sex, drugs, alcohol, fear of commitment, infidelity and defining his own interests. These situations were written so realistically that ...more
Sara Molinaro
Bad writing, poor editing, spelling errors. Repetitive and way too much woe-is-me lamenting. One star given for the shared experience of growing up in the Chicago suburbs.
Ray Charbonneau
Reads like a memoir of a not-particularly-interesting person, thinly disguised as fiction. But a well-written example thereof.
This was a great book. I injoyed reading it.
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I'm the son of immigrants from Mexico and Guatemala and now live in Chicago. I'm a dad first, accountant second, and writer third. My short work has appeared in Rougarou, Umbrella Factory Magazine, Jersey Devil Press, Diverse Voices Quarterly, ZaftigZen, The Logan Square Literary Review, Chicago Parent Magazine, and others.

I started Curbside Splendor Publishing in late 2009 to publish my first no
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“So, why the hell don’t adults talk about anything interesting anyway? Or maybe it’s just the ones I know, but really, what the fuck?” 4 likes
“I consider myself a Chicagoan now, having lived in the city since I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in accounting. I came here often when I went to Maine West High School out in Des Plaines, which is a short drive west on the Kennedy or a short Blue Line ride toward O’Hare airport, the next-to-last stop in fact. My friends and I would take the Blue Line downtown and then transfer to the Red or Brown Line up to Belmont and Clark, our favorite part of the city when we were 16 and 17, mainly because of The Alley—a store that sold concert shirts, posters, spiked bracelets and stuff like that—and Gramophone Records, the electronic music store that took my virginity, so to speak. - 1st paragraph from Sophomoric Philosophy” 1 likes
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