Star Shootingby David K Dodd
Star Shooting is a coming-of-age novel that tells the story of Ronnie Cousins. A star of his small rural community, excelling in school and sports, Ronnie is universally popular-a true leader among his peers. Everyone predicts a very bright future for him. But there are turbulent times during his sixteenth year, and a series of misfortunes sends him spirally downward,… See more details below
Star Shooting is a coming-of-age novel that tells the story of Ronnie Cousins. A star of his small rural community, excelling in school and sports, Ronnie is universally popular-a true leader among his peers. Everyone predicts a very bright future for him. But there are turbulent times during his sixteenth year, and a series of misfortunes sends him spirally downward, ending in a shocking act that stuns his community. The story concludes with an intense trial in which opposing attorneys battle for Ronnie's future. Readers, like jurors, will struggle to understand Ronnie's motive and to decide upon ultimate justice.
A compelling story of youthful promise, friendship, and family, Star Shooting is a tragicomedy-at once heartbreaking and heartwarming-that will captivate readers of all ages.
- Bay Creek Publishing, LLC
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- Product dimensions:
- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
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A unique tale of a small town boy who has a very special relationship with his grandfather. They shared a love of baseball, particularly the Dodgers. Sweet happenings of early love wind their way through this story. Tragic occurrences plague his adolescent life and culminate in a descent into madness and family tragedy. A must read for the "vintage" Dodger fan with a psychological twist.
Dodd really nailed it with this book. I grew up in a small town and, after college and graduate school, returned back home. My kids live in large cities and I realize how, in general, they tend to associate with people in economic circumstances similar to their own. Dodd clearly understands the diversity of characters in a small town and how everyone knows everyone else and so many details of their lives, regardless of economic circumstance. As characters are introduced and developed, readers who grew up in a small town will, I imagine, feel a bit of nostalgia and readers who have not experienced life in a small town will be enlightened. Dodd's growing up in a small town and his training as a psychologist and university professor are apparent. The interesting story line made for a book I looked forward to returning to every day for 2 weeks. I certainly recommend this book.
Despite the fact that I've never been a young boy (I'm a 60s-something woman), I could really relate to the story of this young kid's angst and challenges. The descriptive writing put me right in the picture but left me enough room to imagine the setting. I relived some of my own childhood (from Ronnie's girlfriends' POV) and was surprised several times by the twists and turns. I recommend this book for teens or adults who want to escape for a time into their past!
This was a great book, an easy read and hooked me from the very beginning. I think anyone who was raised in a small town could really relate to Ronnie, the main character, but even if you didn't grow up in a small town, the events and experiences are easy to relate to. I would definitely read other books by this author and look forward to his next book. I would recommend this book to book clubs as it would make for some very interesting discussions. The trial in the story would entice many different opinions.