'90s grunge kid Conrad Jacoby is on the verge of graduating from Hiawatha High. Eager to leave the nest and his alcoholic Vietnam veteran father behind, Conrad joins the workforce where he tests his luck at minimum wage jobs in food service and retail, building his savings and his backbone with the goal of moving out. Although Conrad is determined, he quickly finds that his sheltered Minnesota upbringing has not prepared him for the life challenges and difficult personalities he will encounter in this coming of age comedy.
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CC Standish is a Seattle based author and musician who grew up in the Twin Cities. As a college dropout and blue-collar worker, CC has learned a lot about the importance of a work/life balance, using his spare time to write on the side. Born into humble Minnesota beginnings in 1977, at an early age, the arts were CC’s chosen path over school and sports. Oddly enough, ’77 also marks the year that Elvis died, Star Wars was born and punk rock shook the world.
Book Review by Carmen:
I absolutely loved this book, and ended up giving it 5 out of 5 stars. Since I’ve worked in retail, I can definitely identify with this book. I would recommend this book to those that work in retail and those that don’t, people that love humour and teenage antics. I’m unfortunately not going to give any funny spoilers away, you’ll just have to read the book yourself, but there was a part where Jake and Minnie (Jake’s girlfriend) adopted a kitten, and there my heart just melted. I also found Jake sometimes angsty, and I loved the way he recalls his memories. There’s some good and surprising scenes as well. It seems like this is going to be a series, and I most certainly wouldn’t mind reading the other books as well. I got a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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