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The Tribulations of August Barton

(August Barton #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  242 ratings  ·  166 reviews
August Barton could never have mentally prepared himself for his freshman year of college: not only has his anxiety increased, but his parents are divorcing, his new roommate thinks Augie is the biggest nerd in existence, and his grandma, a retired prostitute named Gertie, has taken to running away from her nursing home. Augie just wants to hole up in his dorm room with hi ...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Julie Zantopoulos
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it, read-in-2018
A fast-paced impactful novella full of quirk. Augie, Grandma Gertie, Rose and Auntie Tunes are such wonderful characters. In fact, the entire cast of characters in this novella are fantastic, rich, and beautifully woven together.
Althea ☾
♡ this review is featured on audiobook empire

”The future shortly became the past, and one could never predict how things would turn out. What was important was the current moment—this moment, right now,”

Augie + Isaac = my favorite kind of friendship

The Tribulations of August Barton is a coming of age novel that has both quirky and relatable characters. I found myself laughing in more parts than one.

— overall thoughts: 4.5 —

The entire cast of characters were fantastic and I fell in love wit
Tasha Mahoney
Story: 4
Narration: 4
Overall: 4
This story was certainly not what I was expecting! I was expecting it to be a little bit crazy, awkward and funny. What I actually got was all that and much, much more. I thoroughly enjoyed this book which at one point had me laughing and ugly crying.

For a relatively short audiobook it certainly contained a full, well penned, funny and emotional story.

Augie starts college and is absolutely dreading it. Especially when he meets his jock room mate. Augie likes Star
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.0/5.0

I needed a short light story to add to my current reads and I found this book available on NetGalley. I decided to read it and see how intriguing it can get.

This was a funny light-hearted story of August Barton, a teen who is suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. The story follows this teenager who is heading to college and experiencing several things for the first time. This novella is all about how relationships work between different people. You have Augie's relationship wi
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – The Tribulations of August Barton
Author – Jennifer LeBlanc
Series – August Barton #1
Publication Date – October 25, 2016
Genre – Contemporary Humor
Rating – 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story
What a fun and quick read that had me laughing and following along with Augie and Grandma Gertie. I found this story so engaging with Gertie helping Augie deal with his fear of coming out of his comfort zone.

The sec
Lelia Taylor
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Your first day as a college freshman can be nerve-wracking, for sure, but Augie really isn’t looking forward to it. Nerdy and shy, he isn’t the least bit prepared for his new roommate, the very loud and boisterous Isaac, and is scared to death of going to his first college party. Things back home—only 15 minutes away—aren’t great either what with his mom and stepdad heading for divorce and his mom’s mom, Grandma Gertie, stashed away in a nursing home. Augie is very fond of Gertie and she’s the r ...more
Suze Lavender
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Augie is moving into his college dorm room and is uncertain about his roommate and the experiences he'll have. He isn't exactly the popular type, he's a nerd with anxiety issues and doesn't know how to behave himself in social situations. Augie's grandmother knows a way to fix these issues though. Gertie is a retired prostitute with a widespread reputation and she knows exactly how she can get Augie out of his shell. She isn't prepared to let her grandson become a boring studious guy without any ...more
Melissa Chung
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I've been looking at this novella sitting on my shelves for a few months now. Pick it up the book would say. I was too busy picking up other things. Today I decided. Today is the day! So I started. A book that causes me to have emotions whether it be anger like "Animal Farm" or tears like this one deserves a high rating. This novella was great. 4.5 stars!

August Barton is heading off to college for the first time. First time away from home. First time drinking, kissing, doing the tango. A bunch o
This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Tribulations of August Barton was such a fun and light read. And I definitely needed that after reading Bully by Penelope Douglas.

This novella takes place in a span of five months, and we follow our main character August and his Grandma Gertie through many adventures. We also get to meet quirky people along the way.

A more in depth video review will be coming soon.
Jonas Lee
Having previously read the paperback version, I was lucky enough to get a copy from the author. I thoroughly enjoyed this version. LeBlanc's writing and Oliva's narration come together wonderfully in this audiobook, giving an even better richness to the characters and tension during some of Augie's panicking moments. ...more
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reading The Tribulations of August Barton is a heartwarming and enthralling way to spend an afternoon. I enjoyed Augie’s story and how love, both romantic and familial, helped him learn and grow in unexpected ways. I can’t wait to see what the gang gets up to next!
I give this book 4.5/5 big toy cars.

This is a coming of age story of August Barton. Finally, he has the confidence to come out of his shell and do the things he never thought he would ever do. Of course, his new (mis)adventures were courtesy of his very cool and lively Grandma. What a hoot this book is. An absolutely enjoyable story that will let you forget your worries temporarily with all of Grandma Gertie's stories and antics. This story just proved that there's nothing wrong with hanging ou
C.E. Clayton
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
“The Tribulations of August Barton” is a sweet, kind of coming-of-age novella. Except it aims to show how the college experience has helped Augie find his voice, and with the help of his ex-prostitute grandma, Gertie, get a hold of his anxiety during a period of change. Augie may not have ventured very far to go to college (hey I didn’t, either) but it’s not about the distance. It’s about putting yourself in new situations and meeting new people, broadening your horizons in every sense of the wo ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness I haven’t laughed at a book like this in such a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author filled it with so many vivid and unique characters, I can’t imagine where she came up with them all or how she managed to seamlessly toss them together into a rich and entertaining story. The characters truly made this book, though the stories behind them come a close second. The relationship between Augie & Rose is one for the books, and the ever changing relationship between Ger ...more
Danielle Dexter
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this novella. Why? Because LeBlanc created such relatable characters that I quickly became invested in from the very beginning.

While I loved August "Augie", his grandmother Gertie stole the show! She was hilariously written and the dynamic between her and Augie was what truly won me over.

I wouldn't call this book YA as I feel that some of the elements are above that age range, but it's definitely a book that I would recommend as a short, funny and insightful quick read.

Sean McMahon
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This coming of age story is a wonderful gem! Not my usual genre, but I throughly enjoyed it.

I found myself wanting to check in with the characters whenever I wasn't reading it, which for me is a sign of a great story.

I jumped between the paperback and audiobook and have to say the audio artist James Oliva absolutely crushed it. He added an extra dimension to the story and characters that really elevated the experience for me.

Brutally honest, wonderfully descriptive and well written, I throughly
Erik Therme
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Tribulations of August Barton is a whimsical coming-of-age tale about Augie, a young man struggling to find his place in the daunting world of college. Aided by new friends and his quirky grandmother, he embarks on a journey to discover his true self.
Better than what I was expecting. By a hundred.
Emily Kelly
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sent-for-review, 2018
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, via Voracious Readers Only

This short book, or should I say novella, was everything I needed right now. It's funny, heartwarming, everything! The author, Jennifer LeBlanc, has such a lovely writing style. You can vision each scene vividly, which I love.

Now, I do not know much about American Colleges, as I live in the UK and went to university in Huddersfield. I do see that the 'party life' is slightly different, but I can feel A
Molly E.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Tribulations of August Barton
August Barton is a young man venturing away from home to college and a world of experiences he’s not sure he wants. He’s plagued with anxiety and doubt that hold him back. In this coming of age novel the reader will meet “Augie’s” cast of family and friends who will keep you entertained. His grandmother definitely stands out as my favorite character. She’s a former working girl turned nursing home escapee and YouTube poster. The stuff she says is hilarious and I
Kathrine Banks
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I recieved a free copy of this book through voracious readers only and I was glad I did. The Tribulations of August Barton is a story of a young man finding out about himself and growing up. We need more Augies in are lifes and romance books he was a sweet nerdy character that actually cared about the people in his life. The story starts him starting collage and fighting anxiety, he meets new friends develops a strong relationship with his life of the party grandma, Gertie who I hope Im like whe ...more
Dawn Hosmer
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this coming of age/new adult story! The characters were memorable and delightful. The author did a fabulous job of realistically describing what living with anxiety is like and it was great to see Augie, a college freshman, learn to cope with his anxiety in healthier ways. Ultimately, this is a story about discovery of one's self which is often a scary, anxiety-ridden process. The author also kept it realistic in the story - Augie's anxiety didn't magically disappear, he just ...more
Heather Pitman
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Tribulations of August Barton was a fun quick read. As someone who suffers from anxiety and panic attacks, I related to Augie. Jennifer LeBlanc writes about challenging occurrences, but does so with humour and respect. Everyone is touched by or knows someone who is touched by mental illness, divorce, addiction and death. LeBlanc brings light to topics that are rarely written about. My favourite character in the book had to be Tunes. She made me smile, laugh, and cry. Tunes and Gertie make me ...more
Sydney Mann
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun and quirky coming of age story about a panic attack-prone young man and his first year in college. Augie Barton is endearing, but he has the support of a colorful cast of characters that include his vivacious grandmother, her best friend, and his cool roommate, Isaac. It took a brief, serious turn near the middle that didn’t fit the rest of the light-hearted tone, but it was an engaging story sprinkled with lots of hijinks and outlandish scenarios. I laughed out loud on more than one occas ...more
Alicia Huxtable
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, with its quick witted elderly characters, who you would assume are actually the main characters, to the anxiety ridden Augie. There's no end to fun shenanigans in this book ...more
Jen Brockman
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Super cute, fast, easy read. Lots of laughs!
Kristen Draper
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book! Very funny and Heartwarming!
Love Augie and Grandma Gertie!!
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I don't think I've ever laughed so hard before. Well, actually, I have. But that's besides the point. This book is simply amazing. It's funny, it's got its moments when it makes you think about possible consequences. And its got sweet romance wrapped in there. I adored Gertie, August's grandmother. She's a hoot, that one. Jennifer LeBlanc is an amazing author and I cannot wait to read more from her.
I have read this book before, but I've d
Kirsty Stanley
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is such a fun novella and one which I am going to label Adrian Mole crossed with American Pie with added older ladies behaving badly.

August ‘Augie’ Barton is a college freshman. Though his college is in his home town, he goes for the full college experience, meeting his dorm mate Isaac, love interest Rose, getting a killer hangover and taking his gran to his first college party, all on day one!

And it is the inclusion of granny Gertie that makes this story a cut above. She is hilarious, cau
Carmela devito
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There's a line from an Eagles song that perfectly describes August Barton's life at the beginning of this novel:"got a world of trouble on my mind" This is just a small sample of what August is dealing with:adjusting to college,a divorce announcement,an eccentric former prostitute grandmother Gertie who can't seem to stay in her residence, panic attacks and a major crush on his lab partner Rose. Gertie, despite her erratic but humorous behavior, helps Augie immeasurably with both Rose and his fu ...more
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Jennifer LeBlanc is a Multi-Award Winning, Bestselling Indie Author and Poet. Born and raised in South Dakota, she has always had a wild imagination and a knack for story-telling. When not slaying zombies in the gaming world or writing, she can be found getting lost in a good book, doing something crafty, indulging in photography, or watching movies with her husband, two cats, and long-haired chih ...more

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“As they both looked up into the sky bursting with stars, Augie thought about how time was as infinite as the space above. The future shortly became the past, and one could never predict how things would turn out. What was important was the current moment—this moment, right now, with Rose’s hand in his, the feel of her kiss still fresh on his lips. He wanted to be present, unhindered by anxiety or fear, just conscious in this single, beautiful stretch of a memory. It was one he’d cherish forever.” 0 likes
“How'd you know that would help, Grandma?

Used to have a regular who had attacks like that all the time. Poor guy. He was an accountant, loveless marriage-most of em were back then-and vaginas scared the bejeezus outta him.”
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