The Martin Chronicles

The Martin Chronicles

by John Fried


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ISBN-13: 9781538729830
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 215,090
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

John Fried teaches creative writing at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He received his MFA from Warren Wilson College's Program for Writers. His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including The Gettysburg Review, North American Review, and Columbia: A Journal of Arts and Literature. Prior to teaching, he was a magazine writer and editor in New York, and his work appeared in various publications, including the New Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, New York, Time, and Real Simple.

Greg Baglia is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.

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The Martin Chronicles 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Katie__B 12 days ago
I like reading these type of coming of age novels because it's always a good reminder of both the good and bad parts of growing up. This book follows Martin Kelso living in 1980s New York City from the age of 11 thru his teenage years. This reads better more as a short story collection about the same character as from chapter to chapter there can be significant time jumps and so it kinda lacks a good flow. Granted it's been over 25 years since I read Judy Blume's Then Again, Maybe I Won't, but while reading this one especially in the early chapters I was kinda getting the same vibe. As a female, I find it satisfying puberty wasn't always fun for boys either. I personally enjoyed the earlier chapters of the book and the older Martin got, the less I really cared for what was going on in his life. Maybe some of that is due to the fact I have read quite a few male high school age fiction books and nothing in this one elevated it past just an average read. I guess I do tend to like junior high tales more just because it's pretty rare for me to read them. Overall, there isn't really anything significantly wrong with the book but it's not exactly memorable either. I won a free advance copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.