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My name is Curtis Price. Until my extraordinary death, I live an ordinary life in the poor side of town in Osprey Falls, Maine, with my mother and older sister. I am the boy that nobody sees, ignored in the shadows of the hallway. I am the kid that is picked last in gym. I am the student that is never called on in class to answer the question, and, after a while, I stop bo ...more
Paperback, 178 pages
Published January 26th 2015 by Dark Alley Press
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Linda Orlomoski
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a rule when I think about Stacey Longo's writing I think of words like "Terrifying and scary!" but the only thing that's terrifyingly scary in her new book is how well she - as an adult female - has managed to get into the mind of a teenage boy. Even though the opening of the book tells us that Curtis Price is dead, Stacey does a terrific job of bringing him to life along with all of the nuances growing up as an outsider in the 80s entailed.

In "Ordinary Boy" you meet ordinary people who lead
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Rob Rautio
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Authentic... If I was to sum this novel up in one word, authentic would be the one.

I am not typically one to read books without a clear direction or known plot, and initially I found the meandering storyline in this book a bit confounding in it's ability to draw me in and hold my focus. In the beginning I found the book choppy and disjointed, but I soon came to realize that Longo was expertly adapting the voice of the narrator to perfectly match his his evolving identity and narrative from an a
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Matthew Bielawa
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm familiar with Stacey Longo's short stories, which are simply brilliant. I love her tone, with perfect pacing, characters and delivery. So I was thrilled when I learned about her novel.

Right from the very beginning I was lulled into Longo's world. I love how her story moves so effortlessly. Casual yet deliberate. Before I realized it, I was so engrossed in her town Ospey Falls and felt an immediate connection to her characters. And I'm not just saying that because I really like the story. It
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Vlad Vaslyn
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ORDINARY BOY is anything but ordinary. The down-to-earth, emotionally honest and ambitious sweep of this novel place it among such works as THE OUTSIDERS for its portrayal of a boy determined to overcome life’s burgeoning realities as he navigates his overwhelmingly awkward and yet unnervingly beautiful teenage years.

Longo threads her own style of blunt, honest humor throughout this dark, dramatic work, showing that life can be funny and tragic at the same time, and adding colorful nuances that
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Allison
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tears. So many tears.
E Singer
Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
Robin Franks
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome read

Fabulous story. It made me laugh and cry. Stacey Longo writes with great feeling about teenagers and what the teen years are like. The situations and characters are great and I like that the killer did not get many more mentions after being caught. This brings the focus of the story to where it really belongs. Curtis and Penny were a great couple but I was really glad that the epilogue finds her happy and with a family in the future. I would recommend this story to any teen or adult
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Jennifer Holzapfel
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book brought many memories and tears to my eyes. I grew up in the 80's in New England and it really hit home. It will make adults remember how they treated or were treated by their classmates and supposed friends. For a young adult book, it is more important to the 40-ish crowd. I highly recommend it, even with tears in my eyes, something a book hasn't caused in a long time.
Jason
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book is amazing. It's the first book to have made me tear up.
Hal Bodner
Mar 11, 2016 rated it liked it
As a ghost story, Stacey Longo's ORDINARY BOY is extremely unusual as the only ghost does not show up until the book is more than three quarters finished. Then again, I'm not sure that ORDINARY BOY actually IS a ghost story -- at least not in the traditional sense.

Throughout, Longo's prose is a delight to read. There's a smoothness to the words and a forward momentum that many authors would (and should!) envy. Her characters are both crisp and complex; though she paints many of them quickly and
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Jeanette Andromeda
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have read Stacey Longo’s work before, In Insanity Tales II and Secret Things, and what always strikes me is how incredibly human and realistic her characters are. Stock characters have no place in her writing, but those with a lot of heart do.

I will freely admit, I am not normally drawn to this style of book . Where are the vampires and ghosts? And if I hadn’t met Longo and wanted to support her by purchasing her books, I may never have. But I am glad that I read it. And I’m particularly glad
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Dale
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In her debut novel, Stacey Longo explores the life of the title character, who has nothing outstanding going for him. And yet the author makes this life compelling, and keeps us interested, a true test of good writing. We are pulled into the minor victories and losses that come as the protagonist struggles with everyday life. Just a kid coping with the hand Fate has given. But one that draws you in, and makes you care.
Morbideus
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I rarely wander far from the Horror-genre, but very much enjoyed this book. It was a well-told statement (example?) of how an "Ordinary Boy" can have an extraordinary impact on the people in their lives. I'd love to write a clever Review, but that's over-reaching my abilities. Would make a very good movie.
Bookclubct
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Come meet author Stacey Longo at our store Sat. 6/27/15 11:00! She'll discuss the book (no spoilers0 and her writing process. This is a free event. Signed copies available for purchase. Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/96902... ...more
Randomiris
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5. Really enjoyed Curtis' voice. Feel this is for an older young adult (to adult) as it uses language I have not seen in other YA novels.
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Stacey Longo was born and raised in Glastonbury, Connecticut. After graduating from Penn State, she moved to Block Island, Rhode Island, where she established her writing career as a popular weekly humor columnist for the local newspaper. Upon returning to Connecticut, she turned her pen to horror. Her short stories have appeared in over 20 magazines and anthologies. She is the author of Secret Th ...more

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