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Growth and Change Are Highly Overrated is a twist on the classic coming-of-age story that takes a unique and comic look at what we all fear— having to grow up and abandon our dreams.

For a charismatic man like Lucas James, life is a breeze because everyone else provides the wind. This adolescent front man for a mediocre cover band has been mooching off of his fiancée, Jacki
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Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published December 15th 2016
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M.G. Camacho
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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Growth and Change Are Highly Overrated is a classic coming-of-age story that takes a unique and comic look at what we all fear—having to grow up and abandon our dreams.

For a charismatic man like Lucas James, life is a breeze because everyone else provides the wind. This man-child front man for a mediocre cover band has been mooching off of his fiancee Jackie for years until she finally de
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Andreas Michaelides
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Growth and Change Are Highly Overrated by Tom Starita is a book about a man (Lucas James), a musician who dreams to become a Music Idol. He dreams that one day other musicians will play his songs like he is doing now for others.

Succeeding in the music industry is the only thing that is in his mind, and it will sacrifice everything to achieve it. His monolithic thinking and selfish behavior cost him his ten-year relationship with his girlfriend Jackie, his “Apple Jack” as he used to call her.

Havi
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Allies Opinions
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Starita’s writing is introspective and thought provoking at times and others a bit long winded. I enjoyed the introspection but at times there was so much of it that I found myself annoyed and side tracked from the meat of the story. My advice is to cut down on some of Lucas James’ rants and avoid drawing your reader so far from the core story.

I’m all for deep thinking characters but Lucas James’ rants tend to be more of a self validation tirade than philosophical.

Jackie is another character th
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Anthony
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Growth and Change Are Highly Overrated by Tom Starita Book Review

Everyone has a dream in their lives, but what are some people willing to do or willing to lose in order to accomplish that dream? That's the question explored in author Tom Starita's novel, Growth and Change Are Highly Overrated. Here is the synopsis:

Growth and Change Are Highly Overrated is a classic coming-of-age story that takes a unique and comic look at what we all fear— having to grow up and abandon our dreams. For a charisma
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Stanley McShane
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lucas James is a middle child and an over-the-top narcissist. His whole world revolves around his becoming a musical god. Truth be told, however, he'll tell you up front, his music, his songs, his next gig will always be #1 on his mind, in his thoughts, and his only real drive in life. In reality, can this be at all possible? No, he has gone past the age at which if he were ever going to be successful at song writing, it would have happened. It hasn't. What is left is an adult who refuses to gro ...more
Jessa Julian
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's time to review this book. Oh, boy. This will not be easy. I have been trying to find the words for it since I finished the book on Sunday. Did I enjoy reading it? Yes! Did I think it was a realistic novel? Definitely! Did it make me lose faith in humanity, want to tear my hair out, and cry? Oh, yeah, that too.

After hours of thought and headaches, I finally realized what Starita did with this book. I could only conclude that the little stinker had forced his audience to see that no matter h
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Moon Shine Art Spot ~ Lisa
First off I will say .... The main character, Lucas James, is a class A - turd, but I found myself laughing so hard and absolutely having to know what was going to happen next in his narcissistic little world. I was not at all sure I would like the book once it became apparent just how self focused Lucas is. I immediately wanted to give him a good kick in the pants.

I throughly enjoyed the book, and got a few good laughs along the way. The main character reminded me of several people I have met
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Sandra Lopez
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
"I’m convinced time is nothing more than an endless circle, repeating the same events over and over and over again. The names may change, the circumstances may be different, but ultimately we all end up back at the same starting point." (4)

In this book, Lucas James recounts events after his breakup with his "Apple Jack."

"One of the problems Jackie had with me was steady employment, or lack thereof. I would try to tell her I was an artist and you couldn’t imprison an artist inside the mortal cage
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TDCbookreviews
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: tom-strarita
Lucas James has lost the love of his life, Jackie ("my apple jack"), but he still has plenty of focus on the most important part of his life...himself. He's been mooching off Jackie for years, but now that she has wised up Lucas James will finally have to figure things out for himself. He gets a day job at "The Store" but keeps his musical dreams alive. He is a musical genius after all. Being alone and growing up is a lot harder than it looks though and Lucas James is struggling to cope. Refusin ...more
Amanda
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lucas James is a musician. He has an inner rock-god dying to come out and it’s only a matter of time until he makes it to the big time. He can’t let small things like paying rent or working a day job get in his way. But his fiancee, Jackie, has had enough of waiting and supporting him. She walks out, leaving Lucas with a broken heart and an empty bank account. With his rent coming due, Lucas needs to find a way to get the money together and get his life on track. But how can he stay true to hims ...more
Shannon
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is Starita's second novel, and while wildly different than his first success, "Two Ways to Sunday" it has proven to be just as riveting. This is a light, humorous read that will go by quickly, because you won't want to put it down! Lucas James, the protagonist, is despicable at times but also endearing in the way that you have either known someone like him or see glimpses of yourself in him. James takes you on the hilarious journey of a guy figuring out how to be independent and whether gro ...more
Terri Wilson
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
**I received this book in exchange for a review**

This book is a good example of why I wish Amazon would allow for half ratings. To me this a strong 3.5. The main character, Lucas recounts his life after a long relationship with the love of his life. Lucas recounts his life and his thoughts and ideas on how his world has changed. I think the author did a good job creating a strong character and allowing the reader to delve into his mind, but the plot is lacking a little bit. I would have liked to
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Tom Starita
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Full Disclosure:

I wrote this book

Fuller Disclosure:

It may be the greatest book ever written by an author who is a proud Staten Islander even though he lives in Connecticut now.

Fullest Disclosure:

It's funny, it's serious, it's more funny than serious. Lucas James tells you his story, for good and bad with lots of opinions and random thoughts popping up now and then. I'll leave you with this, a direct quote from my mom:

"I didn't want to like him but damn it, I did."

If that doesn't say buy this boo
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Jmhodges15
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fun read. Everyone will relate to Lucas James because everyone knows this guy. He is the quintessential man child who you both love and hate. Best part is he knows that's what he is. Starita writes fun dialogue and captures the spirit of a modern day Ignatius J. Reilly, proving that sometimes growth and change really IS highly overrated.
Melanie (Paperback Darling)
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you ask Lucas James, becoming a Rockstar is hard work. His passion and dedication to his musical career seems nothing short of legendary, however not everyone sees it that way. When his long-time girlfriend walks out on him, he’s forced out of his comfortable shell and pushed into a dull and cold world of deadlines and ordinary expectations. Determined to rebuild his life from the ground up, he decides to put his rock-and-roll dreams on hold and get a proper job at a department store. Newly r ...more
Fran
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lucas James has decided to never grow up and as you read his story, listen to his different interactions with others you will learn that he is grownup with a child’s mindset and has decided as author Tom Starita states that Growth and Change are Highly Overrated. For whatever reason Lucas has taken on the role of Mr. Lack of Responsibility and refuses to realize that money is needed for the essentials of life, working in a regular job would enhance his cash flow and not allowing his fears that w ...more
Underground Book Reviews
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fans of slightly off-beat comedy and rock and roll will enjoy this one. However, if you’re looking for deep reflection and character revelations, this isn’t the book for you.

Read the rest of this review and many others at www.UndergroundBookReviews.org
Christina Foster
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lucas James has always dreamed of making it big as a rock god. Until very recently, his fiancée fully supported him, providing for his every need. Finally, it just becomes too much for her, and she packs up and leaves. Without his “Apple Jack” to fit the bill, Lucas James is forced to sell his soul to the man and get a job.

Working in the stockroom of “That Store” goes against his every principal, and Lucas James deals with this in the best way he can … by stealing. How will Lucas James handle h
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Sharon
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lucas James is not a nice man but somehow and for some reason, everyone likes him. Everyone wants to be his friend and woman adore him. This has been his life since he was a child so why change things now that he’s in his 30’s? Might as well keep on going on.

His dream is to become a “Rock Star.” He dreams of playing his guitar and singing his very own songs to his adoring fans, getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, having the masses bow down to him, not mention the money. Not too shabby a
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Gloria Feit
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From the publisher: Growth and Change Are Highly Overrated is a classic coming-of-age story that takes a unique and comic look at what we all fear - - having to grow up and abandon our dreams. For a charismatic man like Lucas James, life is a breeze because everyone else provides the wind. This man-child front man for a mediocre cover band has been mooching off of his fiancée Jackie for years until she finally decides she’s had enough. Faced with the reality of having no income to support his ca ...more
Mid West
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Growth and Change Are Highly Overrated
Tom Starita
Privately Published
9781520705811, $9.99, PB, 279pp, www.amazon.com

Synopsis: For a charismatic man like Lucas James, life is a breeze because everyone else provides the wind. This man-child front man for a mediocre cover band has been mooching off of his fiancee Jackie for years until she finally decides she's had enough. Faced with the reality of having no income to support his carefree lifestyle, Lucas James abandons his principles and gets a job
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Angie Mangino
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Growth and Change Are Highly Overrated
By Tom Starita
2018
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 4 stars

Readers immediately meet Lucas James in the first chapter that the author wrote from a first person point of view. Chapter two continues, heavily indulgent in I’s, me’s, and my’s. Self-centered and selfish? That’s the most obvious first impression Lucas James gives.

When he stays self-absorbed, why keep reading chapter 3 through 43 with such an unlikeable protagonist?

The author hints to the attraction
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Jennifer Matthews
Tom Starita's 'Growth And Change Are Overrrated' is a brilliantly, flawlessly written coming of age novel, for all coming of agers. Starita writes the novel to read as effortlessly and as easily as telling ones own life perils. The star of the book is our hero Lucas James. James tells his tale in a manner that relates to all of us who have felt the pain and agony of love lost, then quickly pulls us out through the pain with his 'matter of fact, this is who I am, not changing me' truthful yet com ...more
Alabama Holcombe
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Because of the yellow cover I (duh) thought the book would be about how to do something, such as a TEACH me book. And, ...well..I guess I did learn something!

DO NOT BE LIKE LUCAS JAMES...
If you are old enough or watch reruns, Lucas is a grown (adult???) version of Spanky, add in the soda jerk Mickey Rooney, and spice it up with A bit of Alan Alda (MASH) and you may be on the opening page to the character.

It's like going to a movie, turning the sound down, putting hands in front of face, and the
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Striking 13
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Lucas James has just been dumped, by the loving and patient girlfriend that just couldn’t take any more. And, as we begin to hear about James’ life in Growth and Change are Highly Overrated, it’s clear she was a saint who did the best she could.

Lucas James is an interesting character choice, and certainly a bold one. He is an aspiring, ageing, rock star who has never contributed anything to society. He is a narcissist that should have been dealt a harsh dose of reality a long time ago, but has h
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Christina's Bookshelf
4.5*

Everyone knows someone like Lucas James. He's a narcissistic person that believes one day he'll be famous, and until then everyone should realize that he's working on getting there and to let him be. Even though the universe doesn't work this way, everyone should bend their ways for Lucas James.

This story is comical in the telling of how things don't work out in his favor, how he rationalizes the events, and how he moves forward. Just remember, always, the title of the book.

You can see my
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Julie Barrett
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Growth and Change Are Highly Overrated by Tom Starita
Story of Lucas James and his girl Jackie decides she's had enough of the marriage after many years together.
Hits Lucas hard as he doesn't have money for his dream-to write and sing a rock song and have it hit number one.
Real life comes forward. No income, no car, no food.
Stories go back to his college days with the band and when he was 9 years old with his brother and his friends.
Like advice and tips about how not to do things, that will get
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Tabitha Darling
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read July 27 2017

Snarky, the first word that came to my mind throughout reading the book. Funny, it had me laughing, chuckling, or shaking my head. Offensive (in a good way) if you can stomach some of the off the wall events, dialogue or interaction between characters. Realistic, plain and simple, a story that follows one man's journey over several months at the end of a relationship as his life changes slowly. The author makes a perfectly solid jerk look like the good guy, in a way the characte
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Tom Starita is the author of two novels, "Two Ways to Sunday" and "Growth and Change Are Highly Overrated" and makes an impact on everyone he encounters. When asked for her thoughts about him, Oprah Winfrey said, "Who?" Tom Hanks refused to respond to an email asking for a quote and former Mets great Mookie Wilson once waved to him from a passing taxi.

Originally from Staten Island, NY Starita has
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