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Adam's Story

(Charly #3)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,231 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Elder Roberts knows that he and his companion are out of their area. But he has only a few months left on his mission in New Jersey, and there's one door he just has to knock on. His mom's parents, who haven't seen him since he was a baby, live there. Maybe, just maybe, he can get them to accept the gospel like their daughter, Charly, did more than twenty years ago. And ma ...more
Paperback, 227 pages
Published November 5th 2004 by Shadow Mountain (first published December 2003)
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Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Who were those other two women who came and sat down with you?"
"There was nobody sitting with us."
"No, there were. I saw them."


Did you love CHARLY and SAM? This is Part III, the story of their son Adam: all grown up and winding up his mission. He gets his companion to accompany him a little way off their path to pay a very important visit. The people haven't seen him since he was very small, and once he convinces them that he is indeed Adam Roberts, they could
Brittany Sweeney
Adam's story is the third and final book in the Charly trilogy. It is told from the view of Adam, who is Charly's son. Charly died when Adam was a baby, and Adam tries to get to learn about her when he visits his grandparents, who happen to live in the area in which he's serving his mission. After returning home when his two years are up, Adam finds that he has a void in his life that he can't fill, so he decides to postpone college and live with his grandparents. However, life becomes complicat ...more
Leslie Thackeray
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 I have read just about every Jack Weyland book out there, but 20 + years ago. I'm certain this book is not up to the caliber of the other books, but maybe I'm just older and more mature. I thought the characters weren't developed, the dialogue seemed choppy, and although there seemed to be a lot of emotion written, none of it came through to me. It kind of seemed like it was written one week before the deadline. I don't recommend this book, even to young adults, only because I didn't think i ...more
I mostly just feel like Adam's character was so inconsistent... also I do not admire the whole disobey-the-mission rules thing lol.
Alexis.L  7
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
The book Adams story is not a very great book. Its the third book in a series and I loved the other ones. This book is about a boy named Adam. His mom died when he was fairly little and the he got a step mom. In this timeline he is on an LDS mission. It just talks about his adventures and trials he has with some people that is on the mission field with him. I did not really like this book because it was pretty bland. Not very a jaw jerking book. It doesn't really keep me on the edge of my seat w ...more
Sariah Brooks
Cheesy and predictable. I got through it, but that's about it.
Ellee Barton
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book "Adam's Story" by Jack Weyland is definitely one of my favorites! This heartwarming story begins as Elder Roberts, also known as Adam, is nearing the end of his LDS mission. Breaking mission rules, Elder Roberts decides that he MUST pay a visit to his grandparents in effort to learn more about his deceased birth mom. He develops a love for not only his grandparents, but also gains a wonderful bond with his mom. Though it feels as if things could only get better, he does, however, have u ...more
Stephanne Stacey
Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it
I didn't think an author could get worse the more experienced they got, but I would have to say that Mr. Weyland did. This book was written 20 years after Charly was written and in that time Jack has not been able to create characters that have any personality differences whatsoever. Adam thinks like Sam who thinks like Brianna, who thinks like Charly, and so on and on. What made thinks worse is unlike the previous books where Mr Weyland refrained from repetition, in Ada's Story he did nothing b ...more
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
I saw Adam's Story at my library the other day, and thought I'd check it out since it was a sequel to one of the Jack Weyland books I'd read years ago.

Adam is nearing the end of serving a two year mission, and has one final thing he must do before his time is up-meeting his maternal grandparents. His mom died when he was very young, and after his dad remarried, contact was lost.

They have an instant connection. But his grandparents live outside of Adam's assigned area, so he's
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great follow up story to Jack Weyland's books Charly and Sam that follows Sam and Charly's only son Adam as he finishes up his mission, connects with his mother's parents, and struggles to discover who he really is and what he is supposed to do with his life after learning about the mother he never knew. This tale touches on many topics that confront young adult males in today's world, particularly LDS young adult males, and it also touches on family dynamics and healing. Of course there's clean ...more
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Mostly read this because I read Charly and Sam -- and so the idea of finding out what happened to their son was enough to propel me to read the book. Unfortunately, I merely had lukewarm feelings for a predictable, formulaic story. It had its moments, but not worth the $7.50 I paid at the 2nd hand bookstore; which is rather a shame, because I loved the original Charly, but perhaps that was because I read it when I was young and idealistic with great hopes for my future, looking forward to romanc ...more
Melanie Cannon
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the final installment of the Jack Weyland 3-book series begun with Charly. I loved reading this book. it tooke me back to the time when I was reading Charly and Sam and to a place where belief is totally suspended and the plot just takes you away. The narrative was fast-paced and even. Thought it ended up all nice and tidy -- that is of course how I wanted it, and needed. I am glad Mr. Weyland went back to visit the parents long left-behind and in shadow at the death of their daughter, C ...more
Adam's Story is a lighthearted tale, sequel to two of Jack Weyland's other books, Charly and Sam. It is the story of Adam, Charly and Sam's son, now grown. Much like the others, it is an improbable romance, but filled with warm-hearted humor. It is not a profound novel, or anything other than an uplifting way to fill some free time, but it highlights the importance of basing our self-image only on God, and the difficulties we encounter when we use anything else, even our loved ones, as a measuring stick.
Sep 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
Couldn't stand this book. Adam doesn't know his maternal grandparents?? Just because his mother died when he was young is no excuse, his father should have made sure that he knew them. How could he let his new wife completely erase all memories of his mom from his life. And what kind of woman would want to do such a horrible thing. And I can't stand the love interest, she is so annoying. This books is disturbing to me.
Feb 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Very "feel good" in the resolution of family relationships at the end. The author remains true to the theme of mixing dating/discovery with serious financial/career challenges. What I liked most about this book (even more than the first two) was how personal to the central character this story was. It wasn't so much about romance (although there was plenty), it was about discovering one's true personal identity and being true to what you want to be, not what others expect of you.
Julie King
Mar 09, 2015 rated it liked it
At first you think the story is going to be full of conflict with Adam meeting his maternal grandparents that he hasn't seen since he was a toddler. The potential for gripping conflict is there, added with his fight over pornography addiction. But everything wraps up very nicely-his grandparents join the Church, he magically has no problem fighting his pornography addiction and everyone rides off into the sunset, happy that all is well. The book is sweet, but a little too sweet.
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jack Weyland is a great author. I was going to say "for young people" but I'm 75 and have been reading his stories for more years than I care to mention so let's just leave it at "great author." If you've read "Charly" and "Sam" this will finish out the story. If you've never heard of those books you'll still like this one. His stories contain more dialog than most books and give you a look inside people. You might even see someone you recognize a part of in one of his stories.
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I didn't notice that this book was a sequel until it was a few pages in. Since I read Charly and Sam years ago, it was good to think back to the previous books. I enjoyed learning about Adam, his mission, seeing his relationship grow with his grandparents, finding who is is etc. Sadly, he also goes through some pretty tough trials. This book had me laughing and in the end I was deeply touched and in tears. A wonderful end to the series!
Jul 26, 2008 rated it liked it
This book is about Adam who is the son of Jack Weyland's Charly and Sam. The book is difficult to get through. He is an RM and things are going well for him until he stumbles upon something on his computer which turns into a pernicious addiction - pornography. The book relates how Adam seeks help and goes throught the repentance and the people who love him as he goes through this difficult time in his life.
May 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
What's not to like about Jack Weyland. Like all his books, this is fun to read. It was interesting to me on a personal level--about grandparents who loved their grandchild from afar and then helped him "find himself" as an adult, reconciling a dead mother, his father's choices, his controlling (but nice) "2nd" mother, and himself. Of course there's plenty of nice clean action too.
Bart Andersen
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a great story about a man who comes to terms with the direction of his life and where it's headed.

I also found out that it's part of a series so I'll have to go back and read the first two to find out how they fit together. I definitely feel, However, having read just this one it can stand by itself on it's own merits.

Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
I loved Charly, but I felt like this was an unnecessary story tacked on at the end. I think Jack Weyland is a good author, but is guilty of producing mediocre books because they have pleasant story lines, appeal to his audience, and put some green in his wallet. I enjoy reading LDS fiction, but this is a book I read because I loved Charly, not because the story was that great.
Jan 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
As a teenager I loved the books "Charly" and "Sam", loved the musical stage version of Charly, bawled over it, wore out the cassette tape listening to the songs. Reading this third book in the series about Charly and Sam's son Adam brought back all the songs to my memory and had me crying again. Still, there's plenty of things to laugh about in this story. Loved it.
Jun 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, 2009
I was such a fan of Jack Weyland when I was growing up -- I loved Charly and Sam, so I was excited to read this follow-up book. It definitely had some surprises, but also the cheese I remember so well. I didn't feel like the end really fit, especially with the handy man 'we love you no matter what' intervention.
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
For those who don't know, because I didn't until I read it, this is the book that goes with Charlie and Sam. Adam is their son they had before Charlie died. And it goes through how he finds his family. It is amazing just like Charlie and Sam.
Aug 20, 2010 rated it liked it
I liked Charly a lot. I kind liked Sam too...I kind of liked this. Because Charly was so popular I think that Mr. Weyland decided that he better finish off the trilogy and throw this on out there. It kind of was rushed and didn't have the same sweetness as the others.
May 15, 2008 rated it liked it
This is one of those cheesy novels by Jack Weyland that I still find myself enjoying. This is the story of Adam (a sequel to Charly). It was definitely an easy read for one of those days you want something cheesy and light.
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved reading this final edition in the 'Charly' "series". I loved reading about Charly and Sam's son, and how he ended up teaching some significant people in his life. I love how he came to know his mother. I would definitely recommend this book.
Feb 20, 2008 rated it it was ok
Ok, so I read all Jack Weyland's other books as a teen and pre-teen and liked them. I ran into this book a few years back at the book store and was so excited to read it. It made me realize that when I read Weyland's other books, I was young and nieve. I was a bit disappointed... Bummer!
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Jack Weyland is the best-selling author of young-adult fiction for the Latter-day Saint market. In fact, the modern genre of Latter-day Saint-themed popular fiction is one he is largely responsible for creating with his overwhelmingly popular novel Charly. His interest in fiction began with a correspondence course in creative writing taken during a summer at BYU where he was doing research work. S ...more

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