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Archie of Outlandish: The Man Who Lives Under Umbrellas

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  47 reviews
At 20 years old, Archibald Plumby has learned to accept his odd phobia of not being able to look up into open spaces without having a panic attack. He enjoys life under his umbrellas, where he feels safe. He knows he's a little spoiled to be living in the midst of the scenic beaches, fine restaurants, and charming attractions found in the town of Outlandish. But when Talli ...more
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Published March 1st 2019 by New Wrinkle Publishing (first published July 1st 2016)
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Always Pouting
Archie lives in Outlandish a small quirky town that is popular with tourists. Archie was born with a fear of open spaces and always carries an umbrella around. Though he tried therapy for years, it didn't help and he has adjust life to his fear. Archie is also a writer for the local newspaper. When a photographer comes to shoot Outlandish, Archie and her assistance Tallie strike up a friendship. The writing was good and the illustrations in the book were adorable. The whole concept of the book i ...more
Lynnette Kraft
Sep 05, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
"In Kraft’s romance, two quirky 20-somethings embrace each other’s weirdness.

Outlandish is an idyllic, whimsical beach town on the northern coast of California. Cars aren’t allowed; leisurely bicycling is encouraged; and fine dining is abundant. Archibald “Archie” Plumby has spent the entirety of his blissful but sheltered life within the cozy confines of Outlandish, writing for a local newspaper and eating at his mother’s upscale restaurant. Born with a rare phobia of looking up,
Melissa Souza
**Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for sending me an ARC in return for an honest review.

2.5 stars!!!

I'm going to try and keep this review as brief as possible. All I can say is that this story read at a middle grade level. The writing was so clunky and forced. The author is clearly not an expert at writing. There wasn't so much of showing as there was telling. So I got pretty bored reading about the characters. There are so many unnecessary details that reading felt more like a chore bec
Jul 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My very first dnf.....not what I expected. Seriously YA even though h and H are 20 and 21. Very spiritual and there were actually pictures. (I'm not lying). Probably a good book for tweens.

I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley for an honest review.
Lisa Aiello
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a sweet, enjoyable read. Our hero, Archie, is afflicted with a condition that doesn't allow him to look up without panic attacks. But, he hasn't let that keep him down. No, he has adapted and is living life as large as he possibly can given his limitations. Archie is perfectly imperfect. He accepts who he is with grace, humor and peace. His parents are so supportive, loving and nurturing, and allow him to grow into his own. He is struggling to find his own way in life and meets Tallie, ...more
Silas Kraft
Archie of Outlandish is one of my favorite books I’ve ever read for many reasons. It has everything a good story needs. Two of which are interesting characters that develop throughout the book and an appealing place in which the plot can evolve. The writing itself is descriptive, which adds ease to the reading experience.

I’ve read this book multiple times and have enjoyed it thoroughly each time.
Ruth Beasley
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Archie of Outlandish', has easily become my favorite book, namely for the characters and the things they learn throughout the book. I can hardly relate to many of the characters in age, or relationship status, and yet I still find myself understanding and relating to many of the points made in this book.
My other favorite thing would be Tallie's and Archie's love story.Personally, I think, that it's the best love story ever been put in a fictional story. Yes they have some relationship problems
Melissa Borsey
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. After reading the reviews that have been lavished upon Archie of Outlandish, I felt that I had no choice but to request it and see what all this was about. This book was just delightful! I fell in love with the story and with Archie as well as his entire family! This book was fun, creative, attention-grabbing, and heartwarming! I am really glad I read this book and I highly recommend it!
Archie of Outlandish is an awesome book, which I found very pleasurable. Not only was the story well written, but also clean, full of kindness and love. This is a great book for all ages of people to read, and I highly recommend it to all!
I don't think I have ever read a romance story quite like Archie of Outlandish before and I absolutely loved it. If I could give it 10 stars, I would!

The romance was so sweet. The characters were so real and grabbed my heart right from the start. Not only did I love Archibald and Tallie but the supporting characters, both family and friends, were so well fleshed out. Archibald's mom and dad were so loving, supportive and full of quote-worthy advice. I can see why Archibald had grown into such a
Brices Mice Christian Book Reviews
As I started to read Archie of Outlandish by Lynnette Kraft, I had the feeling that I just stepping into a dream world, narrated by a beloved gentle soul, who was setting the scene of a story that I hadn't a clue to what to expect, but knew something unique and unusual was about to happen. The town was called Outlandish, a perfect name for the residents that lived there...especially for a young man name Archibald Plumby, better known as Archie, to his dismay.

Archie was born with a fearful cond
Melanie Schubert
Archie of Outlandish is not at all the kind of novel I'm used to reading. And yet from the moment I heard about it, I was inexplicably drawn to the tale of the man with panic attacks who lives under umbrellas. What I love most about the book was Lynnette Kraft's way of depicting a character who has learned to thrive with something most people might see as a weakness. And as someone who has myself learned to manage anxiety and panic attacks, this is belief near and dear to my heart.
A charming tal
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As cute a story as the title would lead you to believe

This is a story that I would definitely recommend to young readers as well as those that are young at heart.

In fact, I look forward to reading this to my granddaughters at some point in the near future. The imagery painted in prose is quite good, if at times a little stilted. Perhaps not so much stilted as, perhaps, formal like Archibald himself.

All in all very enjoyable tale of an extraordinary young man living in an Outlandish place and tim
Zoe Schoppa
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
The community and residents of Outlandish are outlandish and that is their beauty. Archie Of Outlandish is a story of viewpoint; yours and mine, good and bad, changing and growing. Lynnette Kraft has an enviable way of looking at the world and she shares it with us through Archibald Pumbly. Archie provides a fascinatingly intelligent yet childlike view of the people and world around him. Archie observes. He does not do do do go go go. He is at peace and quietly watches. His view is incredible! I ...more
"Children need stories. They need to be inspired. They need to see kindness and catch a glimpse of different lives... different worlds. Stories can transform people. I want to be part of that."

This book was a lovely fairy tale about Archibald Plumby and his dreamy little town, Outlandish. Archibald (never Archie!) suffers from something he refuses to consider a handicap, he suffers from anxiety attacks when exposed to high ceilings or the sky, that's why he prefers always walking underneath his
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NOTE: I received this book free from the author requesting an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's rules and guidelines.

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If you're looking for a sweet, romantic novel this summer, look no further. Archie of Outlandish is the latest by author Lynnette Kraft and is perfect for fans of Christian, you
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
The major thing that stood out to me in this novel was that it was different, unique and not something that I would typically read on my own. From the very beginning, the first few pages, I was taken in by this small town and the individuals found there. A recluse sort of town, primary a touristic attraction without the typical neighbors coming and going- moving in and out.

In a town where everyone knows everyone, there is one thing that stands out the most- a new comer, and for Archie this woma
Camilla Cruz
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gentle, dreamy stroll into a town- Outlandish- that is nestled in our reality, but is protected by it's unique, quaint, simple, and distinctive individuality. It is a slow read with so much color, character, worth, and richness. Another gem for anyone between the ages of 9 and 99. Come and meet Archie, Tallie, Mr. and Mrs. Plumbly, and the others; Engulf yourself in this tenderly profound, but truth-filled, adventure of the spirit and heart and mind. Discover with whom you most relate to, and ...more
Sianna Perz
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started reading the book there was so much going on in my personal life I was worried I wasn't going to be able to read much. Again Ms. Kraft was able to rip me away from everything and bring me into a world where my worries were gone. I just kept reading and reading well into the night. The story was so sweet and touching and I remember in the end when I read that last page I just sat there with my hand on my chest saying awwww. I was rooting for Archibald and so impressed with his way o ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Archie of Outlandish is a heartfelt and beautiful book, made even more special by its illustrations and accompanying soundtrack! The story is truly charming, from Archie's life under an umbrella (due to his fear of looking up), to his meeting Tallie the photographer, to the descriptions of the unique town of Outlandish and the people who live there. I thoroughly enjoyed this book (especially reading about the kindness of all the characters and the amazing food made by Mrs. Plumby!), and highly r ...more
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into this book blindly. This is definitely not the type of stuff I read generally but all of the characters are extremely likable and the book is written very well. This is a feel-good story and the end was satisfying. The constant referrals to God and praying were a bit off-putting, and all of that could be completely removed and it wouldn't affect the story in the slightest. All in all I enjoyed it for a change of pace.
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful book collaboration from the Kraft family! The story, the music, the illustrations....the perfect reading experience, yet again. Starting the book, I couldn't wait to see what happens to Archie and how he, with the help of those he cares about, deals with what others might see as a handicap. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a new read!
Cecily Kraft
Archie of Outlandish is a really cute story about a man named Archibald Plumby who has a fear of looking up into open spaces. He meets a girl named Tallie, a photographer, who is drawn to him, because of his umbrella.

I love this story. It’s so beautifully written and inspiring. If you love reading fun and enjoyable books, I highly recommend this story!
R. Fisher
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I truly did. The whimsy and romance flooded me with this odd feeling of nostalgia (odd, I know) and had me nearly in tears by the time I finished. A sweet, pure, lovely read.
Angie Thompson
This is totally a personal preference thing, but the style and I just didn't connect at all. It was written very simply and with a heavy emphasis on telling vs. showing, especially when it came to the characters' thoughts and emotions. I think I really could have liked these characters, but having everything they were thinking and feeling told in such a point-blank fashion really made it hard for me to connect with them.

I also got pretty frustrated with Tallie at times for going behind Archie's
Deborah Flora
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this story. It's enchanting with unexpected characteristics in its characters. Archie struggles with the fear of looking up, but his parents have taught him to accept who he is an adapt and live a wonderfully rich and full life anyway.
Archie's mother is a chef and I enjoyed reading about her restaurant and the delicious food she fixes.
The illustrations in this book are beautiful. They’re drawn by the author's daughter.
If you’re looking for a fun book with a cool library in it and
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the town of Outlandish and the quaint charming feel I got while reading this book. The vibrant illustrations added so much to the story, and the soundtrack was absolutely beautiful. This is an innocent, sweet story that I would recommend for any age.
Tina Sorensen
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have reviewed books and judged writing contests for years. As I perused through some of the reviews, I was a bit vexed over the comments. I feel that some people review by comparing to past stories of what they WANTED to read, not what was there FOR them to read. In this world today, there are so many tales published but the only "successful" ones must be filled with violence, or sex, or alcohol etc. Yes, a plot must have conflict, but it doesn't necessarily mean it must be so extreme that it' ...more
Andrea Stoeckel
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[ I received this book free from the author requesting an honest review . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising]

“Archie, the only thing that can stop you from having the life you desire is you. You have to pursue life as it presents itself to you.”

Archibald Plumby lives with his parent
May 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is listed as a romance, which I wouldn't normally read, but it also seemed to be the kind of quirky book that I do normally like, so I gave it a shot. Archie is a 20-year-old who lives under umbrellas. He has an anxiety/fear about looking up and seeing the open sky or even an 8-foot ceiling above him, so he always has an umbrella and eats underneath the table and so on. Tallie works for a photojournalist who comes to Outlandish, the quaint and odd little town where Archie lives, and is intr ...more
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Lyn­nette Kraft loves a good story—real or imaginary, inspiring or hilarious. She uses her own stories to entertain, to illustrate lessons, and to celebrate individuality, crediting God as the giver of all inspiration. When she’s not writing (or telling) stories, she’s likely chewing on herbs and wild plants, doing yoga in the sunshine, admiring pieces of nature, reading something light, or wat ...more

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