Summer of '69
Drawing from his teenage years, Todd Strasser’s novel revisits a tumultuous era and takes readers on a psychedelically tinged trip of a lifetime.
With his girlfriend, Robin, away in Canada, eighteen-year-old Lucas Baker’s only plans for the summer are to mellow out with his friends, smoke weed, drop a tab or two, and head out in his microbus for a three-day happening cal...more
Lucas' summer is ruined when his girlfriend Robin decides to be a camp counselor some distance from their Long Island home. He's doing some work for one of his father's businesses, but otherwise just hanging out with his friends Milton and Arno and his cousin Barry. His home life is not happy. He has a developmentally delayed younger brother, Alan, for whom he has to care; his mother gave up her career as a reporter years ago and seems perpetually depress ...more
The Summer of '69 is a story about Lucas who has just graduaded high school, said good-bye to his girlfriend who's leaving for camp and has been rejected by a college which results in a very high chance that he'll be drafted for the Vietnam war. The story details how Lucas tries to find a way to not get drafted for the war, while dealing w ...more
I did not think I was going to like this book? Right off the bat, I’m not saying it’s the best book ever, but I requested this ARC on a whim because I like the publishing house and I haven’t really read much about the ’60s. A lot of the reviews leading up were talking about the focus on drugs and ...more
Todd Strasser’s story of a summer during the hippie era turned out to be a surprise for me. Some background to my expectations seems necessary, to provide the context for my review of Summer of ‘69: in 1969 I lived in the hippie capital of Canada (Victoria, BC). My experience of embracing the counterculture society of the day was rather different ( ...more
This book was wrote to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival which the author attended. The author has done such a brilliant job of capturing a place and time in history I felt as though I was there myself. The book centre’s around the life of a young hippie named Lucas who has just come of age and is facing the difficult question what he should do with the rest of his life. He is living in ...more
As someone who did not live through that era, but loves a l ...more
"Here we come, three degenerate hippie freaks in a psychedelically painted microbus. If I were a border guard, I wouldn't be wondering if we were carrying drugs. I'd be wondering what kind of drugs and how much."
Let me preface this review by saying that now knowing how heavily this book draws from the author's personal life, I feel slightly terrible for thinking the things I do. Heh. Anyway, I literally mean no ...more
I have always been interested in the 60s and I am especially a fan of the music from that era. One of the reasons I requested this book was because one of my favorite songs is Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams, haha. That song was of course written in the 80s, but it was about a life in the 60s. That time period just seemed so fun from things I’ve read, listene ...more
It took me a little while to get into this book. Thinking of it as "memoir" at first I really disliked the main character. Spoiled rich white boy from New York City trying to dodge the draft, getting stoned, and not getting the grades to get into college. Not much interest there. I stepped back though and read the back of the book and revised my thinking. It's not "memoir". It's "historical fiction". With the mindset of "historical fi ...more
So, naturally, when I saw Todd Strasser’s novel, “Summer of ‘69” advertised on the Amazon shopping page I immediately added it to my cart, my GoodReads “Want to Read” list, and Net Galley request form. The anticipation for this ...more
To be fair I have only read about 30 pages of this book. It may be just what someone else needs/wants to read.
As a reader, the switch between first and third person was too disconcerting, and I know the alternating voice was a tool. But it was distracting and interrupted the story flow. I needed no more stress than necessary while reading this incredibly difficult story.
Todd was born in New York City. When he was young his parents moved to Roslyn Heights, New York (Long Island). Todd went to the I.U. Willets Elementary school and then attended the Wheatley School for junior high and high school. His bes ...more