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The Last Martin
     

The Last Martin

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by Jonathan Friesen
 

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Thirteen year-old Martin Boyle, the most fearful hypochondriac born into a family of worriers, doesn’t want to visit the family cemetery. Truth is, none of the Boyles are thrilled about the annual trip to visit their war dead. It shames Mr. Boyle to think of his once courageous family line, and Mrs. Boyle is certain the greenish moss growing on the headstones

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Last Martin 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
First I (Jill) must say, that I bought this book strictly because of the book trailer. I thought it was awesome. And I showed it to my son, Luke. After he watched it, he nodded at me, and I ordered the book. So, look up the trailer on YouTube. It's pretty cool. Martin Boyle lives a crazy life. His mother is a germaphobe and his father is never home-always off reenacting Civil War battles, his best friend is trying to steal the girl he likes, and on top of all that. Martin is cursed. In a graveyard of his ancestors, he discovers this horrible truth. When one Martin is born, the previous Martin dies. And Martin's aunt is about to give birth to a boy, who, according to family tradition, will be named Martin. I read this book aloud to my son, and we had a really hard time understanding what was going on at first. There were several places where Luke stopped my reading to asked a question. He was confused as to what had happened. So I read back to see what we had misunderstood. It was mostly the mom's character that had us puzzled. Once we realized that she was a germaphobe-and a beyond crazy one-things made a lot more sense. It would have been wise to have Martin think about her crazy, germaphobic tendencies in the first few pages, but maybe it was just us. About halfway through the book, it took off and we were hooked. We loved Poole. Once that guy came into the story, it was hysterical. Lani was also a fun character. And the idea of living each day as if it were the last, being yourself, and looking for joy in every moment made this a really powerful story. It turned out to be a lot of laugh-out-loud fun for both of us.
Cindi_the_examiner More than 1 year ago
Martin has lived a very protected life. His mother is a germaphobe and thus makes sure that Martin isn't subjected to germs by touching anything without the hand sanitizer nearby. He isn't allowed to climb trees, build forts, or even ride a bike for fear that danger will befall him. But all that changes when Martin realizes that when his newest cousin is born, a little boy, that his life will come to a screeching halt because of a family curse. Only then does Martin really begin to live. This is a book that lots of tweens will enjoy reading. Martin's friends are an unusual but also realistic cast of characters that join him in his quest to end the curse that plagues him. His mom is over the top but, that just makes the story funnier. Continue reading on Examiner DOT com Book review: 'The Last Martin' by Jonathan Friesen - San Francisco fiction
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In this tale, we meet Martin Boyle. Martin is a young boy who has, to say the least, a very odd home life. While he spends his time writing fantasy stories, his mother spends her time repeating the story of Martin's birth.over and over again. To his extreme embarrassment, she even talks about it at the dinner table. Tears well up in her eyes as she tells how the umbilical cord was wrapped around her poor baby's neck, and the fact that he was pronounced dead by the doctor. But, amazingly enough, Martin began to breathe and his father rushed over, picked him up, and screamed the words that all past generations of Boyle's screamed when a son was born: "I name you Martin!" Martin's mother is a germ-o-phobe who truly believes that Martin and his sister will catch anything and everything once they walk out the door. She is a true paranoid loon who even makes Martin wear a portable air-pack when he rides the school bus, which is supposed to keep him 90% safe from all car accidents. Dad works at the Living History Museum and spends all his time dressed up in uniform, re-enacting battles, and discussing nothing but war. Charlie is Martin's best friend, and Julia is the girl of his dreams that he can't seem to talk to because he's too scared.opening the door for Charlie to become her boyfriend. D-Day soon arrives, which is a yearly occurrence in Martin's household that commemorates the Boyle family dead. Each year, Dad drags Martin and his sister out into the middle of nowhere to Martin's aunt and uncle's house. Aunt and Uncle Boyle are a truly hysterical couple who have a three-legged pit bull named Tripod, a mink living in their outhouse, and they spend a lot of time killing and cleaning all their own food. And Aunt Boyle is pregnant. As Martin looks around the cemetery, he discovers something he's never noticed before. All the graves read Martin Boyle, the name of all the males in his family, but what Martin has never realized before is that on the date that one Martin died - the next Martin was born. There were never two Martin Boyle's in the world at the same time. It's a curse! With the help of Charlie, Julia, his fantasy stories, and a strange boy named Poole who appears in the boxcar that sits on Martin's property, he must find a way to stop the curse. If he can't, then the day his Aunt delivers.Martin will die. The characters in this story are beyond amusing, especially Mom Boyle who has every phobia on Earth. The author has put together an extremely funny lot, rich in detail, with an ending that is absolutely perfect! Quill Says: Talk about a 'new' idea! This YA novel is fantastically fresh, and readers will laugh hysterically as they follow Martin through his extremely "crazy" world.
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