Salad Days

Salad Days

by Charles Romalotti

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ISBN-13: 9780967923505
Publisher: Layman Books
Publication date: 06/28/2000
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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Salad Days 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best book ever written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Salad Days, a book written by Charles Romalotti tells the impelling story of a young man growing up in the rural Kansas town of Chanute. He is different then everyone else in the town, he doesn¿t enjoy rodeos, drugs and football games. He enjoys punk music and the movement that came along with it. It was something to get beaten up for in the mid eighties. Frank Smith is the main character in the story. He is in high school and is considered a ¿loser¿ by all of his peers. His teachers insult him and tell him his life is a waste, and everyday after school he is assaulted by his fellow students. One day he met up with a local boy named Stanley. Stanley saved Frank one day after school from a beating. They became good friends and go to a local bands practice. There they meet up with Thik and Whitaker, they are two courageous boys who are willing to give up whatever ¿dignity¿ the town has of them, to start a band with Frank and Stanley. This is when the rural town of Chanute is in for the most exhilarating sight of all, The FC¿s. Romalotti portrays each character in this book as if he actually was in their shoes and knew how they felt. Frank Smith the main character goes through things we have all felt in this book. From excitement, to tragedies, to fear the development of the characters grow as the stories plot thickens. You can tell by how they act and how they dress. Oscar is at first a scrawny and snobby kid from California, but by the end of the book he cares about Frank and Stanley greatly. Romalotti successfully tells the story of growing up in the mid eighties and dealing with being an outcast. The book Salad Days is the best book I have ever read. It is the only book that has truly got to me and put things in a new prospective. The vivid details and exact feelings of the characters make each page come alive with emotions. Romalotti brings out the essence of the 1980¿s hardcore scene.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book on several levels. First, I too grew up 'punk' in a rural Mid-western farm town, as did the main character in Salad Days. So I could relate to the experiences he encountered. Second, I moved to the area where much of the book is centered - Lawrence, Kansas. Lawrence is a typical college town with a great indie music scene. In fact, many of the authors references to Lawrence seem to be rooted in actual people, bands, and places. And some are definitely factual - like the greatest punk rock venue in the world, The Outhouse! Third, it was a lot of fun to see so many bands from my youth referenced, from Bad Brains (and the Douglas County Jail reference) to Verbal Assault. Salad Days was a lot of fun. If you are from that era, I guarantee it will put smile on your face throughout the reading.