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on Jan. 27, 2014 :
I was never a young boy - or the least bit interested in fishing, but I love how Tom's story evokes the sense of mystery about the world that we’ve all experienced as children; the way Dan make sense of the things, the novelty of a newfound passion, his boyish love of gadgets, the tentativeness of relationship-making. Beautifully written, Tom. Can’t wait for your next! - R. Bowman
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Dec. 13, 2013 :
Let’s face it—kids don’t have a lot of control over their lives, and that can make adolescence particularly painful. It’s a time of life when a growing self-awareness accentuates that lack of control, making it especially frustrating.
Danny—the narrator of Tom Dunham’s novel—makes his transition to personhood during the week he spends with his grandparents. He learns new skills, overcomes his fears, and emerges on the other side if not older, a whole lot wiser. In this timely and timeless coming-of-age story, Danny discovers things about the world and his place in it that will serve him throughout his life.
Sensitively told from Danny’s point of view, Tattoos will be enjoyed by both adolescents and adults. Dunham’s line drawings, scattered throughout the book, add a surprisingly charming element to the narrative.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on Dec. 11, 2013 :
I LOVED IT! I am on the fourth reading. I read it straight through the day after I got it, then in two parts the next day, and now I just read a few pages a day (I swear if I could get it into a syringe....). Mr. Dunham really is a very good writer. “Tattoos” paints very vivid pictures in my head (one of my keys to whether I like an author). I always think about the scene where Dan pokes a hole in the headliner with his new rod (exactly what would happen to me). I would recommend this story to anyone who was once a boy. As for me it brought back wonderful memories of my life as a young boy.
Mark Fox 53, by the way
(reviewed the day of purchase)