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Posted August 4, 2003
Every year when I vacation in York, I go to the local newpaper/bookstore (Garfield's) and look for a book by Thomas E Coughlin. This year, after reading Maggie Diary and Brian Kelly: Rte 1 in previous years I found another book... Sheba Smith. Like the other's I found this book to be a great beach read. You can finish this in two or three days. I found reading these books very relaxing and actually picturing the spots he writes about... Lowell Ma. Manchester NH and Wells Me. Great book great writer!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 13, 2002
There I was, in the bookstore, searching for some classic I felt I was obliged to read. I went to the back of the store, retreived 'the Sun Also Rises' and headed towards the register. While I was there, 'Brian Kelly, Route 1' caught my eye. Being a native of Lowell, MA, myself, I decided to pass on the classic and give Thomas Coughlin a shot. I was not disapointed. Reading the bulk of the book at work (I am a nightime security guard) it seemed like the hours just passed by without the time to go with it. I was taken from the familiar streets of Lowell up to Manchester, NH, and ultimatly up to Wells, ME. The characters come to life so quick and the way they interact with Brian seems so real. I really felt at the end of the book, and it is a fantastic ending, that I knew Brian Kelly. The only thing I felt was off about the book was the lack of smoothness at parts. Coughlin fits so much into this book that he has to sometimes bend the storyline enough to make it fit. That was hard to follow on a few occations. Also, you'll meet one character that doesn't seem to add anything to the story and you almost feel that he's using up pages. Overall, I, a Lawrence Academy graduate and a student of english at Allegheny College, highly recomend this piece of literature.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 25, 2002
Thomas Coughlin seems to have captured the magic of the times and places in this book. His characters are real, and well developed. Brian Kelly is a young man who has had to make the most of hard times. I recommend this as a summer read for high schoolers or adults. It is a deeply satisfying story!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.