Lawn Boy

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Lawn Boy is a charming story about a guy trying to find his place in life.There is no meanness to it, everybody fares rather well. In the end, we are with one big family of friends, and I liked that. Thanks, NetGalley, for the ARC.
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LAWN BOY by Jonathan Evison follows Mike Muñoz, a perpetually down on his luck 22-year-old. He can’t keep a job, his family struggles financially, and he’s romantically awkward. The “American Dream” is impossibly out of reach for him. It’s pretty clear that he’s been set up to fail. By the end of the book, though, Mike goes through something of a reinvention that lends a lot of hope to his story. LAWN BOY is a witty, endearing little book, although at times it felt like I was reading YA. Maybe it was the tone or the first-person narrative, or maybe just my frame of mind. Still, I’d suggest it to anyone looking for a story where the protagonist perseveres in spite of being dealt an...

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LAWN BOY by Jonathan Evison is a new book on our shelves which deals with class differences and therefore might work as a springboard for Junior Theme. I had high expectations based on its reviews and publisher's description ("novel about social class distinctions, about overcoming cultural discrimination, and about standing up for oneself") and I did like the beginning of this book – especially since we need more novels that will appeal to male students. The main character is Mike Munoz, just a few years out of high school and feeling unappreciated and frustrated to be working as a landscaper. Mike is in the midst of a series of adventures in what is essentially a coming...

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Beautiful heartwarming story with characters everyone will love!
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"The library was the most stable place in our lives, the only thing in the whole damn society that said to little Mike Munoz: "Here you go kid, it's all yours for the asking." No matter that your ears were dirty and your hair was greasy. No matter that your mentally challenged brother didn't have much of an indoor voice or that he tended to throw books. At the library, a little ferret of a kid like me had a chance. The only currency he needed was a library card."

"So, whoever you are, whatever your last name is, where ever you came from, whichever way you swing, whatever is standing in your way, just remember: you're bigger than that. Like the man...

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... a beautiful, heart wrenching, and humorous coming of age story that everyone needs to read!!! The characters are so perfectly flawed and human, the reader can't help but love them all!
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Lawn Boy is the captivating story of Mike Muñoz and his struggle to make a better life for himself than the one he's been dealt. He grew up poor, has very little prospects, and just can't seem to catch a break. I initially thought this book was only about a young, poor Mike trying to cross the social divide and better his life but it's so much more than that. We watch him struggle with his sexual identity, come to terms with his past, and find out who he is as a person without other people in his life telling him who he is. This is his story about getting off the hamster wheel and going from merely just surviving life to thriving in it. I loved this story and watching Mike...

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I absolutely loved this book. I laughed so hard. I sped right through this highly enjoyable read.

"They moved Disneyland" was just one of the first things that had me laughing out loud.

A tale of a California Mexican who lives in a trailer with his older brother (who has mental deficiencies) and his mother on an Indian reservation. If it weren't for bad luck, Michael would have none at all.

"We occupied space" another quote that had me cracking up.

I laughed out loud several times while reading this. The jabs on Freddy were especially funny. Of course, there was quite a bit to work with. I was still laughing the next day after reading when something reminded me...

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A beautifully written heart wrenching coming age story.Mike Munoz search for himself his sexuality his place in life.Funny emotional highly recommend. # NetGalley # lawnboy #algonquin books,
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When I started reading Lawn Boy I thought I was reading a social commentary, showing the absolute divide between the haves and have-nots. This novel is actually about so much more.  It's a funny, honest and at times heartbreaking coming of age story where Mike Munoz is on a quest to find himself: his sexual identity, his artistic self and trying to figure out what his life's calling is.  I love his persona and his willingness to see the best in everyone, and his ability to know when enough is enough.
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Evison's writing is gorgeous, as always, but Mike made me so sad that it was hard for me to get momentum until the second half of the book.
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Thank you Netgalley and publishers for a copy of this book to review.  I enjoyed this coming-of-age novel about young Mike Munoz, a master landscaper who can't seem to catch a break.  The voice of this narrator is spot-on and makes the story feel real.  Deals with issues of social class and is uplifting and affirming.  Enjoyed this fun read.
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The first pages of this book was difficult for me because of the use of the 'f' word.  Also, the none capitalization of the word I. But as I got further in the book, I became captured by the trails of Michael. Great ending.
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Mike Munoz is the kid we see on the street or at the mall or anywhere else and think nothing about but we should.  This funny, insightful novel is about finding yourself when you're really just trying to stay afloat.  Nothing in Mike's life has been or will be easy but he plugs along, consistently with a sense of sometimes sarcastic humor.   Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.  I don't  always enjoy coming of age stories but this one caught my attention.
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Lawn Boy was a funny, happy coming of age story. Mike Muñoz is a likeable but flawed human struggling his way through a life that will be familiar to too many people. Set in the North Pacific, Mike grew up and lives on a reservation (although not a member of the tribe). In this book Mike tells us his story as he finds himself, both in his personal and professional lives. Although coming of age stories are common, this book is unique in its portrayal of a new adult in a real world, not ensconced in the "high school then college" paradigm, but rather from an immature man (almost a lost boy), living a stagnant existence in a hard-up home, to a self-actualized adult. He finds his...

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At one point or another, each of us wonders how, as we grow up, we'll find our place in the world. Mike Munoz is no different; a talented but underappreciated and underpaid landscaper struggles to get out of the cycle he's grown up in. He hasn't had anything handed to him and struggles to find a job that actually means something. Munoz, as readers will come to know, has friends in wealthy places and no so wealthy places, but by the end, manages to succeed in his own right. Evison's Lawn Boy is so much more than that -- he's a friend, a brother, a son, an artist and all are explored within this novel.
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Mike Munoz can’t catch any breaks it seems. “I’d like nothing more than to spread my proverbial wings and fly the f**k away from my current life, or maybe just get above it for a while.” His only job skill is lawn maintenance which he enjoys, and when he loses his job and can’t find another, he is plagued by one grinding indignity after another, and says, “After all, most of us are mowing someone else’s lawn, one way or another....fleetingly content, most of the time broke, sometimes hopeful, but ultimately powerless. And angry. Don’t forget angry.”

He still lives with his mother who sometimes has to waitress double shifts to cover expenses so Mike’s most important role is providing...

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Mike Muniz is your average guy, trying to make a living. Living at home with his older- mentally challenged brother and mother and now his mother's boyfriend Freddy. He mows lawns and has a dream to do something bigger with his life and so he kind of loses it with his boss when his boss expects him to pick up dog poop - which is not a part of his job.
Mike is a likable character. But the only problem was that the story wasn't told from the first person. I think it would have been more effective that way. But I liked the story, and how quickly it moved. It was aggravating how Mike gets screwed over again and again by his bosses and a guy he meets, an old friend who is now a...

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Mike is a landscaper, but his life is stuck in neutral. Will he ever be free to sculpt topiaries and write the great landscaping novel? With masterful style, Evison raises awareness under a cloak of humor. He touches on poverty, immigration, sexuality, and puppy mills, all to surprisingly hilarious effect. Laugh-out-loud funny, yet achingly real.
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This is an important book in today's political climate and was an excellent look into the lives of immigrants who are struggling so hard to achieve the "American Dream." I found the main character's voice to be so well done, and it was a pleasure to get to know him. I usually don't like books with this much profanity, but in this case it was such a part of the characters, that I just embraced it and moved on. It may be a struggle, however, to recommend this one due to the amount of profanity and explicit dialogue. So long as I know my customers are not bothered by the aforementioned, I will recommend it to anyone looking to immerse themselves in a unique novel...

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