Our Teenage Years: Growing up in a small town in the 80's

Our Teenage Years: Growing up in a small town in the 80's

by T. J. Wray


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T. J. Wray grew up in a small town. He grew up quick and got his first job at only thirteen years old, learning responsibility for his actions at a very early age. Even though he was a teenager, he was an adult! He really enjoyed life in a small town. Everybody knew him and knew his truck.

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ISBN-13: 9781640032729
Publisher: Covenant Books
Publication date: 10/20/2017
Pages: 154
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

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Our Teenage Years: Growing up in a small town in the 80's 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
LitPick 7 months ago
“…I want to challenge you guys for a third time…Spend your time wisely and search for your Personal Legend.” T.J. Wray offers many snippets of advice such as this in his memoir, Our Teenage Years: Growing up in a small town in the 80’s. In this memoir, the reader discovers the teenage moments that made T.J. (the author) the adult he has become. As you bounce between T.J.’s early teen years to the choices and consequences of being 19, you learn how one person can impact another, how doing your best at all times is the most important lesson, and how memories are the greatest way to share laughter! T.J. Wray grew up in Texas and was a teenager during the 1980s. His early teen years were riddled with harsh lessons learned from being poor and being at the mercy of unloving adults. His mid-teen years included finding a job, a purpose, a life-long best friend, love, and hard decisions about his future. Overall, this memoir shares the best memories of a man who understands the value of individual moments. This memoir caught my attention immediately. I, too, grew up in a small town, so that connection was already established, but it was more than that. T.J. Wray does not soften any of the reality of his life — he tells it as it happened, including every cruel, sad, or ugly moment. Immediately upon reading the first chapter, I knew I cared about the author and was invested in knowing that things were going to turn around for him (which they do!). I also really enjoyed the formatting of this memoir. Instead of a linear story, this reminds me of episodic fiction where several moments are placed in an order that makes sense to the overall theme in each chapter. If T.J. is discussing a life-altering decision he made at the age of 15, he may bounce forward to describe how that impacted a decision he had at 17, and then go backwards to the age of 13 to give background into why he made the decision in the first place. This pacing is never confusing and gives a flow to the memoir that is easy to follow. I would recommend this memoir to those ages 15 and up (due to some mature content) who enjoy or are interested in reading biographical non-fiction. I would also recommend to boys within that age range who might struggle with finding a connection to a main character.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
Quick read. Very entertaining with a lot of life messages in it. I also grew up in Wisconsin and love the small towns. Still live in one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book and it is a very emotional book. What I mean is it makes you happy, sad, and it makes you laugh. Gives you incite on the Author's life. I believe this book is a must read by everyone. I am happy to see more and more people writing about real life stories. Let's family in the future see what life in our time was like. The world is a different place than the day he grew up and I grew up. Lot more challenges in life our kids have to deal with. Please read if you can, it is a very great book.