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Posted July 3, 2006
'15 Minutes' is Time Well-Spent
I lucked-out going to the Spring Festival of Books at UCLA where I was looking for the perfect summer reading gift for a young friend who needs a hint that 'reading is good.' There it was. Screaming out from across the quad, in all its vivid cartoon-like colors, '15 Minutes' by Steve Young. Wow! That might be it I thought -- and coincidently -- that was about all the time I had to browse the galleys, because it won't be released until August 1st. Captivating from the first words, it starts out with the speed of three nanoseconds and keeps on going as Casey Little zips from re-do adventure to re-do adventure. Just as many wished they had Samantha Steven's 'bewitching' nose-twitch, today's reader will wish he had discovered the Go-Back machine invented by Casey's grandfather. The Go-Back is an intriguing little gadget that straps to the wrist, and can move the wearer back in time, but just the previous fifteen minutes. Of course, there's one teesy-weensy catch -- sometimes the Go-Back has a mind of its own. Do-overs are rarely afforded to any of us, and it's fascinating to think about going back in time to correct mistakes. Like most teens, Casey is plagued with daily do-over want-to-dos. Unlike us, he gets the chance to do it. The adventure rocks with jokes and rolls with Casey's self-inflicted humor that carries him through his perceived 'humiliating' adolescent mistakes and dealing with the class bully. There are interactive pages where the reader can write in his own thoughts, ideas and opinious. Succinct history lessons peak the curiosity, and word definitions are woven throughout, as well as short chapters to encourage reading farther, and blood-curdling type is used to emphasize the emotion of the moment. Most importantly, Steve Young's story is punctuated with moral lessons in dealing with people and situations -- some subtle, some with the kick of a rodeo bull -- all of which combine to make '15 Minutes a marvelous read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.