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So begins the real-life hero's journey of Jedi Knight wannabe Tony Pacitti. In this hilarious coming-of-age memoir, Tony shows how Star Wars has served as a source of comfort, guidance, and wisdom in his life. From the first thunderous boom of John William's score, seven-year-old Tony takes on Star Wars as his moral compass, his mentor, even his psychologist. Like his hero Luke Skywalker, Tony must then overcome Stormtrooper bullies, ...

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Overview


In a galaxy far, far away a geek was born.

So begins the real-life hero's journey of Jedi Knight wannabe Tony Pacitti. In this hilarious coming-of-age memoir, Tony shows how Star Wars has served as a source of comfort, guidance, and wisdom in his life. From the first thunderous boom of John William's score, seven-year-old Tony takes on Star Wars as his moral compass, his mentor, even his psychologist. Like his hero Luke Skywalker, Tony must then overcome Stormtrooper bullies, Lando turncoats, and Emperor Palpatine authority figures and embrace his own geekiness to grow into a man worthy of riding shotgun with Chewie.

With the sense of humor of Han Solo, the willpower of Luke Skywalker, and the wisdom of a (much younger) Yoda, Pacitti uses the Force to follow his heart, overcome obstacles, and live a life worthy of a Jedi knight, endearing Star Wars fans everywhere in the process!

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In a galaxy right under his nose, a pants-peeing boy of seven experienced a rebirth while watching The Empire Strikes Back. From this "first kiss" a lifelong love affair begins, and Pacitti is entertainingly adept at finding a Star Wars parallel for almost any life experience, including his Jabba-like, playground-ruling enemy from second grade. Just as Luke Skywalker struggled to become a Jedi, Pacitti fights the dark side of depression and heartbreak, finding solace in a distant galaxy where the good guys don't always win. Though the recent prequel trilogy ("six years and seven-ish hours of crap" nowhere near justified by 20 minutes of "kind of neat") proves to be his ultimate heartbreak. Pacitti's prose is often perfunctory and, though he earns his nerd badge, bloated plot summaries and snarky commentary tarnish its shine. But when he taps into his personal experience Pacitti writes with honesty, enthusiasm, and occasional hilarity. Many a Star Wars fan will find charm in this familiar story; those who don't know their Wars from their Trek may be carried along by a deeply-examined connection to pop culture. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440505836
  • Publisher: Adams Media
  • Publication date: 9/18/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Tony Pacitti has written for southcoast247.com as a features writer and video game reviewer and has had his short science fiction published at 365tomorrows.com. He has been the writer for the online comics RoboPlanet and The Silencer at Pandemonium Comics.
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  • Posted October 18, 2013

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    A journey of a young boy that tries to find his place in the gal

    A journey of a young boy that tries to find his place in the galaxy using Star Wars as his guidelines
    you could say. It is the coolest book ever! I mean, almost everything this kid went through in class,
    trying to get through high school and used Star Wars as his guidelines is sort of what I went through.
    I used some of Star Wars to help me out in some situations that I was in, but I mostly used Star Trek:
    The Original Series. You know the one with Captain Kirk along with Spock and McCoy. That’s Star Trek.

    I get very touchy with these Star Trek series. Many people get confused when I mention my love of
    Star Trek. They think I’m talking about The Next Generation and I have to remind them, oh no.
    No, no, no. I am SOO not into the whole Picard and next generation and the Borg. To me, there
    weren’t that many adventures taken place outside the ship. Almost everything was done within the
    ship, and it can get boring from time to time. Now with the Original Series, you don’t get none of that.
    A lot of the shows were staged outside the ship and showed you a variety of aliens that only
    Gene could imagine them back in 1966. Then it was amazing, unreal on the things they could do.
    Now, we have Predator, Alien great special effects on them but I still believe that the first coming of
    aliens was the Star Trek: Original Series were and still are the greatest.

    But after Star Trek, my father actually got me going with Star Wars, I was hooked. Everything
    about those movies I loved. Now I’m talking about the absolute first Star Wars movie (of course).
    The New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Now my favorite is the Return of the Jedi,
    mostly the fights but I thought they were great. Now the newer movies, The Phantom Menace,
    Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith are all very good and it leads up to the older series,
    but it just doesn’t do justice for the older series. Now, I love to read the Star Wars books, that
    either leads up to the Phantom Menace or after the Return of the Jedi and these authors do a
    wonderful job on pointing out some key characters that you weren’t shown or throw in some loops
     that you have to sort of catch up but fully understand if you are a fan. Love them!!!

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

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    This Is About Life Through Star Wars Tinted Glasses.

    MY BEST FRIEND IS A WOOKIE by Tony Pacitti isn't one fanboy's tale of admiration for the Star Wars franchise, it's a coming-of-age story set against the back drop of a life of loving Star Wars. There is no need to fear an all out geek attack. This story will appeal to everyone whose ever grown up feeling like not one of the in crowd, has had trouble finding the right kind of love and just wants to find their place in this world.

    The author, even though he wasn't introduced to Star Wars until 1992, tells the story of his life from early childhood through his college years. All the while he muses about being the new kid in town, to the emo teen desperatly tring to find his place and ultimatly a college student akwardly figuring out how to become a man. All the while relating the story, directly and indirectly, back to his Star Wars fetish as the life of the movies paralleled his life.

    The writing is seamless and laid back. The tales are genuine and from the heart even if you get a sense of poetic license in the biographic acuracy. At times you warmly nod your head in reliving the nostalgia of times past and at others shake your head in disbelief as to Pacitti's take on the movies.

    Love or hate his take on it, MY BEST FRIEND IS A WOOKIE will leave you with a heartwarmed smile on your face when you turn the last page. A bit of good writing and emotion from the soul will always leave you with a good read. Real life is never a bad book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Great book!

    Made u think... wow! I shouldve thought of writing soething like this! We all have that one story that stays with us. His was obviously star wars

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    Great awsome good very funny loved it!

    Awsome one of the best books ive read im exactly like that,the person who wrote the first review is one hundred persent wrong!!!You will love this book.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    ok

    sounds fine but its not by george lucas: the mastermind behind starwars.

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