The Test

The Test

by John Lansing

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ISBN-13: 9780989835244
Publisher: Tatra Press
Publication date: 11/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,199,726
File size: 1 MB

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The Test 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
cosimo More than 1 year ago
I read this short story as I saw that it was written by the same author (John Lansing), as Blond Cargo, which I enjoyed immensely. The Test is flat out superb!!  It is a slice of life of teenagers in love, albeit with heavy circumstances.  The author brought me back to  my teenage days as he captured what it felt like to fall in love, that feeling that is never stronger than when you are a teen.  I could hear the  music at the teen dance hall and smell the cologne and perfume.  I so remember having to have my hair just right for my girl at the dance. Every single feeling of embarrassment and nerves of these young people was there.  The heartache of their situation, explained in plain and simple heartfelt words.  it is not just a love story but a poignant observation of our culture in America and the ugliness that sometimes ensues.   Without a doubt, this is some of John Lansing's best writing to date.  It is not often one gets to the end of a short story and wishes there were a thousand more pages to go!!!!   The Test is is a must read and you will be very glad you did!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This short story is going to bring back a host of memories and smiles as you read this wonderful story. Author Lansing has given us a roadmap that that takes us back to those early years when we first encounter that emotion called love. It certainly did for me. It stirred feelings and yes, senses, that had long been locked away. I read this book a few days ago, and cannot get it out of my mind. If you care to unlock some old laid aside memories, please give this little book a try. I hope you get as much pleasure from it as I did. J MLydon
Laureth More than 1 year ago
I wept. I'm not even denying it. All the awkwardness and high emotion of one's teenage years comes back in a flood when reading this novella. And I loved it. When I was a toddler, my aunt (who is very Nordic looking) dated a very sweet guy from Northeastern, where she attended college. This would have been a few years after this lovely coming of age tale, but prejudice is a hard habit to break, and during this time period, an often dangerous one. I found this story not only beautiful and moving, but also incredibly accurate for the setting. If you're a fan of thought provoking stories, this is definitely a good one for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! I flew through the pages wishing for more. Everyone who reads it can relate to their high school days and first love. It was so realistic right down to the music of the era. Can't wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Much too short, but riveting. The ending was a surprise and came much too quickly. I was looking for more. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
The Test by author John Lansing is a wonderful coming-of-age short story that transports the reader back to 1963 in Baldwin, Long Island, where they follow fourteen year old Jack Morgan as he falls for Vida, a pretty African American girl whose family has just moved into town, and their relationship stirs up racial tension among the community ... just as the country is on the cusp of a tumultuous period of time that will ultimately bring social and political changes. Written in the first person narrative, Jack Morgan is now an adult who travels back to his hometown of Baldwin, Long Island, to settle his parents' estate and finalize the sale of their house. As Jack sits in the driveway of his childhood home, he is usually not one to dwell on his past, but he can't help but take a stroll down memory lane to a November night in 1963 when he attends a weekend dance and asks Vida, a pretty African-Amercian girl who he has an innocent crush on to dance, setting off a controversy over young love against current societal beliefs, racial prejudice and tensions. The Test is a poignant tale that easily draws the reader into Jack and Vida's story. Author John Lansing weaves a true-to-life short story that is written in a richly descriptive style that transports the reader back to a time period where the country was on the cusp of a change in the social, racial, and political climate. The author realistically captured the essence of that tumultuous period in time, and interwove it with a touching teenage love story that will have the reader experiencing the gamut of emotions. I found myself so captivated with the brief glimpse into Jack and Vida's story, that when I got to the very surprising conclusion, it left me wanting more! The Test is a beautifully written coming-of-age short story that is full of emotion and drama, it will take the reader for a stroll down memory lane, stir the soul, and leave a lasting impression. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
GHott More than 1 year ago
Hott Review: John sent me this book to ask if I thought if would work for a tour at Partners in Crime. It’s not something I’d normally read but since I like him I decided to try it out. What I liked: It was tremendously interesting to me to “see” how different but how alike things were in the 1960s as opposed to when I was fourteen and now. I felt like I was fully anticipating the dance and it’s wonder and horrors as it was depicted. What I didn’t like: Honestly, the only thing I didn’t like was the foul language. It doesn’t permeate the book but it’s there. More… Author: John Lansing Source: John Lansing Grade: B+ Ages: 16+ Steam: None, but the language is colorful. Setting: 1963 Long Island, NY