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Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin
Wise Young Fool

Sloaty, August 8, 2013

I’ve read every one of Sean Beaudoin’s books and really enjoyed all four, but Wise Young Fool, his fifth novel, is truly his best. The prose is fluid, the hilarity is constant, and the characters are memorable. We all knew somebody like Ritchie Sudden, and he strides and slouches though the book with the exact attitude that teenagers wear like a coat �" somehow admirable and infuriating every step of the way. As someone who teaches high school kids, I can attest that they smell a fake a mile away. This book passes the sniff test. The language can be foul but it is always real and always hilarious. Kids drink, hook up, swear up a storm, and do stupid stuff . . . because that’s exactly what kids at that age do . . . well, most of them do, but why would you want to read a book about the boring ones who follow all the rules? As for the music, it is evident to any musician that Beaudoin not only knows his rock history, but he has spent some time behind a guitar as well. There are no bent notes or dropped picks or moments of pretending. Anyone who has been in a band �" particularly a teenage punk band �" will relish the excitement and anticipation that the author generates. Add in family drama and the squalid sorrow of our juvenile justice system and you have a book that rocks you on a number of levels. Oh, did I mention that it’s fun and funny as hell too? This is an exceptionally good book �" not just insightful and smart, but a great read. How often does that happen? Highly, highly recommended.
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The Infects by Sean Beaudoin
The Infects

Sloaty, September 25, 2012

I generally avoid the new wave of books about vampires, werewolves, and other monsters because they have been done to death and the stories are require a suspension of reality that I just can’t fathom. On the other hand, The Infects, by Sean Beaudoin, is a completely different creature. Although tales about zombies are nothing new, Beaudoin’s writing style, intellect, and hilarity make all the lung eating and skin chewing more fun than a monster story has any right to be. Throw in foul-mouthed youth, a backstory invested with just the right dose of emotion and family drama, and social satire as sharp as a zombie chomp to the jugular, and you have a pretty special book. And for once, here is a book with an ending that is not only surprising, but completely satisfying. Beaudoin has got a great voice ��" smooth, incisive, and really, really funny ��" and this is great stuff. Definitely recommended.
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