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A story as magical as it is real, that asks, if you could stop and restart time for a second chance, would you?

Boy’s final year of high school is unraveling. Fast. He had it all worked out, from crushing his final exams to military school to a career in the air force. But his family’s tragic past and its complicated present have caught up to him, and his marks are slipping
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Published September 26th 2020 by Dundurn Press
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Bandit
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I normally stay away from all things YA or even YA adjacent. In other words, books with 18 year old protagonists don’t normally appeal to me and yet something about this one did…ok, to be perfectly honest that something was the cover. Bikes on the cover always seem to do the trick. And also the promise of magic realism was kind of enticing. So the reason for this preface is to say I’m very glad this book had a bike on the cover, because otherwise I might not have checked it out and missed out on ...more
Anneke
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Book Review: Boy
Author: Brent van Staalduinen
Publisher: Dundum Press
Publication Date: June 23, 2020
Review Date: January 27, 2020

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the blurb:
“A story as magical as it is real, that asks, if you could stop and restart time for a second chance, would you?

Boy’s final year of high school is unraveling. Fast. He had it all worked out, from crushing his final exams to military school to a career in the air force. Bu
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Susan
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Boy, that is his name, found stability and structure after his sister died and his dad went to prison through the military cadets. It helped him deal with his addict mother, her equally unstable boyfriend, and provided money to take care of his infant half-brother. But, when at age 18, Boy was retired from the cadets, his life went into a downward spiral. The storyline from the summary regarding time standing still is such a minor part of this story that I think mentioning it is rather misleadin ...more
Aldo Napoli
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book and it felt different than the “norm” would love to have heard more about the how things ended. Left me wanting more
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Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Rick
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Boy is a coming of age fiction novel where events of the past threaten to ruin plans for the future. The protagonist, Boy is potentially brilliant but to succeed he must contend with his dysfunctional parents, his dead sister, and a mysterious stranger who can stop time. Boyis the debut novel of Brent van Staalduinen.

Boy is named after the singer Boy George. He is a brilliant student who in the last year has started to let his motivation and grades slip. Teachers are trying to help him, but he r
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Wordsborn
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book is about an 18 year old boy so it should be categorized as YA but the way the story is told is something totally new (at least, to me) to the genre. The plot unravels slowly and steadily, not giving out much at a time and the whole background of the book makes it even more compelling. The book then carries on with the family's long lost secrets, friendships at stake and  how important communication is and how communication carries on even after death. Charlie's (Boy's dead sister) ghost ...more
Amtsull44
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was a difficult read for me. I had a hard time getting interested in the story, although I thought the premise was interesting. I liked the idea of stopping and starting time, but I just couldn't lose myself in the story. The writing style was engaging and I would read more by this author in the future.

Thanks to NetGalley and Dundum Press for the advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
Paul
Mar 12, 2020 rated it liked it
This is OK. It lacks the polish of other novel in this genre and was a little uneven, but still has elements of decent story. The premise is a good one, and liked the characters. I had trouble staying engaged throughout. I hope the author writes more.

Thanks very much for the ARC for review!!
Karen
Oct 04, 2020 rated it liked it
"Misty telling someone on the phone that a ten-year-old’s grief isn’t real. It’s just loss, she said, a small hole that’ll heal quickly at his age. For him, though, holes just get bigger — maybe you just get better at building around them."

This is the story of Boy (named after Boy George) who has lost his sister in a car crash while their dad was driving. I don't want to give away the plot. The overarching theme of this story is loss and grief and neglect.

Then there's Mara, the man he meets who
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Morgane Krauth
Sep 25, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
This book just did not grab me. I did not hate the mc Boy or any of the other characters but they did not feel fleshed out enough ; most of Boy's personality seemed to revolve on him having lost his sister and him wanting to join military school (or something like it, still not sure) before he lost his sister and not knowing what to do now, which is just not enough to keep me intrigued. I also thought Boy criticized his mother a bit too much (rightly so but still annoying) and did not fall in lo ...more
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Brent van Staalduinen is the author of the novels BOY, NOTHING BUT LIFE, and SAINTS, UNEXPECTED, as well as the forthcoming short story collection CUT ROAD. His award-winning short fiction can be found in notable publications on both sides of the Atlantic. Find out more at www.brentvans.com. ...more

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