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With his best friend standing on a cafeteria table, and a green-eyed girl pinning him by his hair, sixteen-year-old Matt knows his world is changing. But when he witnesses a violent crime and does nothing to stop it, he knows it's himself that must change. Matt begins a series of secret missions with his three close friends where he obsessively pushes himself to build his ...more
Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published December 10th 2013
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Great read. Relatable in discovering a new place in life, taking risks to get there, and being willing to live with the decisions you make. "Dynamo" may have you thinking about your own life. The book gives you variety in the plot without losing the focus. A crew of friends will discover ways to handle the situations of their lives; supporting each other along the way. A connection and good conversation will spark love. People will decide what they are willing to tolerate and what they will not. ...more
Dynamo is akin to a modern day Dead Poety's Society, featuring a group of young male students who are inspired by their educators to achieve greatness--whatever that may mean to them. It's a smart blend of teenage struggles with love, friendship, and authority, with musings of philosophy and grandeur. I particularly enjoyed how the story escalated towards the end, and how different elements of the story tied in together in a very smart and thoughtful way.
Not knowing what to expect from this coming of age novel, I was pleasantly surprised by my need to keep turning those pages. Getting to know Matt and his friends was definitely a treat. Walking, running, or climbing alongside Matt in all his experiences brought alive the adventures of youth. Great read.
Just finished reading Dynamo and my fifteen year old son will soon be reading it to meet one of his summer reading requirements. The characters are well developed and the imagery draws the reader into the environment where all the action is taking place. I especially liked the ending because it veered off the path of predicability and took the reader's imagination to the next level.
I am an author and poet. New Jersey is my official stomping ground, though I earned my BA from Penn State, and did my graduate work at Arcadia University. And, yes, it's true: I've been rumored to sneak my way into university lecture halls from Temple to Harvard… Other wild underground rumors and adventures may surface in various scenes of my writing, or when I'm in the company of fellow horizon h ...more