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Wishin' and Hopin' by Wally Lamb
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Jan 19, 2010

really liked it
Read in December, 2009

Ten-year-old Felix Funicello leads a fairly normal life, with the expectation that his cousin (whom he has never met) is the famous Annette Funicello - think original Mickey Mouse club. Growing up the youngest child with two older sisters he is taunted on a regular basis. His parents love him and each other. Felix attends a catholic school and this story takes place in the months leading up to his school's Christmas program.

Set during the sixties at a time when Felix is attempting to navigate girls while still being quite confused with the birds and the bees, this tale is sure to bring a smile. Befriended by the outspoken older boy and the new Russian student this story is filled with true to life scenarios. The combination of innocent confusion leading to embarrassing moments brings a comical aspect to the book.

In true Wally Lamb fashion, the characters within this story are well-developed, easy to relate to and likable. Within these pages you'll encounter the know-it-all goody two-shoes, the class clown, the trouble making twins, and the older kid who provides a little too much information (some misinformed) to his younger classmates. We all attended school with similar characters. However the story differs from Lamb's other novels as it is much lighter. You won't find any difficult, thought-provoking situations in this tale. This is a totally enjoyable, upbeat book making it the perfect Christmas read.

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