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Hammond by Jonathan LaPoma
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it was amazing
bookshelves: ha-tbr-2019, contemporary-fiction

***I received an ARC so I could give an honest review***

I really enjoyed this coming-of-age novel. It starts with Jimmy, and his friends Ray, Gerry, and Tony being in the sixth grade. Jimmy had a crush on Julia who ended up breaking his heart. With so much drama and angst packed into this novel, Jimmy never really recovered.

Even though Jimmy was the main character, I felt something more for his older brother Dan. Maybe because he was a mystery. Dan was depressed, and I felt bad for him, wishing someone would help him, at least listen if he wanted to talk. Jimmy had issues too. He was very mean to his little brother and sisters. He was broken inside due to his evil thoughts, and because his dad always took out his anger on him.

My favorite lines: 1) The family machine was in gear, and nothing could slow it down. No time to check on cuts or bruises or shattered egos. 2) It ends in tragedy. It ends in death. Don’t fool yourself for a second, thinking it can happen otherwise. 3) I had no idea I was now both superhero and villain.

I wish there had been more dialogue during some scenes, especially the pretty intense ones. Once I started imagining the story as Jimmy’s journal entries instead of actual scenes happening in the present, it was easier. The story really started to pick up and become more interesting after the time jump when they entered Kirkland High.

I felt so bad for Gerry. I wanted to give all these boys a hug because they all seemed so lost. The author did a great job with characterization and voice. The drama and angst was very well done as well. I prayed for them to win the basketball championship so they could have something good happen in their lives. Did they win? Did they lose? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

I RECOMMEND the book to read.
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Reading Progress

December 17, 2018 – Shelved
December 17, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
December 26, 2018 – Started Reading
December 26, 2018 – Shelved as: ha-tbr-2019
January 2, 2019 –
page 60
18.52%
January 5, 2019 –
page 116
35.8%
January 6, 2019 –
page 183
56.48%
January 10, 2019 – Shelved as: contemporary-fiction
January 10, 2019 – Finished Reading

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