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Posted April 29, 2013
This was a very thoughtful book. It is the story of a man, now an author, reflecting back to an adventure that he went on with his two best friends in the summer of 1983. It is written in first person through the eyes of thirteen year-old Danny Brent. He recounts how he and his best friend, Keith (The Bluesman), and Amelia, his first ever crush, venture out to a place called Goatman's. In the story, Goatman's is an old abandoned place on the outskirts of Corpus Christi, TX that is supposed to be haunted by "The Goatman," a creature that is half man and half goat. There, they get caught up in an adventure that involves a bunch of kids that have been kidnapped from their neighborhood. I found the book to be very entertaining and well written. It reminded me a good deal of Stephen King's "The Body," which was later turned into the movie "Stand By Me." This is a young adult book but I think that people of all ages would enjoy it We were all this young one and this book captures the wonderment of it beautifully.
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Posted July 11, 2014
This is a coming of age story that starts in 1983 in Corpus Chrisi Texas. Danny, or Dan, as he prefers to be called, and his best friend The Bluesman , spend their days riding bikes and being boys. Amelia, is also Dan's friend. We see this friendship change throughout the story and become his first love. Jeff Fuell weaves a beautiful story that's comforting to read, and pulls you in. On one of Dan's bike ride to The Goatman , he uncovers a mystery; a mystery that could end in death. I really loved this story, it is told so well , and made me remember what it was to be young, with all the world at your feet. Loved the ending ! Please, pick this book up, you won't be sorry.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 18, 2014
This is about 3 friends Dan, Bluesman, Amy. Teens who live in Corpus Christi, TX.
This story is told by Dan 30 years after the fact. As no one would have believed him back then. Going back to 1983 and being 13 with his first crush, hair cut short and a mongoose to get around town. Amy wears braces and Dan is afraid of getting is lips caught in her braces as that is what the rumors say! So he is afraid of getting his first kiss from Amy. Bluesman got his name from singing the blues at school during school! The 3+ a dog plan a day were they ride out to Goatman's to just hang out in the middle of summer. What they find is more than any 13 yr old should ever have to see. Not giving away this exciting part!
This was such a surprise for me, as it is not my regular genre. This book took me back to my teen yrs (early 80's), it was such a great innocent time. Except The guys I knew had long hair and our mode of transportation was Skateboards. Reading this book reminded me of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer & Stand By Me. What a great story and well developed characters. I laughed at the caned soda incident and many other parts. I highly recommend this book to teens and adults. I look forward to reading more from this fantastic author!