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Boys The writing is sharp and unpretentiously thoughtful and since each of the main characters finds solace in companionship this is an affecting literary depiction of the comforting power of friendship

  • Title: Boys
  • Author: Scott Semegran
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The writing is sharp and unpretentiously thoughtful, and since each of the main characters finds solace in companionship, this is an affecting literary depiction of the comforting power of friendship Each of the stories can be read on its own, but taken together, they make a coherent, thematic whole, skillfully produced An endearing collection that deftly captures the n The writing is sharp and unpretentiously thoughtful, and since each of the main characters finds solace in companionship, this is an affecting literary depiction of the comforting power of friendship Each of the stories can be read on its own, but taken together, they make a coherent, thematic whole, skillfully produced An endearing collection that deftly captures the need for youthful fellowship Kirkus Reviews Verdict With nary a dull moment, Scott Semegran s BOYS features short stories filled with unexpected nuances that draws readers right into the heart of his well developed characters IndieReader 5 Stars IR Approved.These are the stories of three boys living in Texas one growing up, one dreaming, and one fighting to stay alive in the face of destitution and adversity There s second grader William, a shy yet imaginative boy who schemes about how to get back at his school yard bully, Randy Then there s Sam, a 15 year old boy who dreams of getting a 1980 Mazda RX 7 for his sixteenth birthday but has to work at a Greek restaurant to fund his dream Finally, there s Seff, a 21 year old on the brink of manhood, trying to survive along with his roommate, working as waiters and barely making ends meet These three stories are told with heart, humor, and an uncompromising look at what it meant to grow up in Texas during the 1980s and 1990s Semegran s work is evocative and replete with relatable, recognizable characters who find comfort in friendship With its descriptive flair and flashes of humor, Boys offers an engaging read one short fiction fans are sure to enjoy BlueInk Review Raising difficult questions of morality, this slice of life narrative is as heartfelt as it is entertaining Boys is compellingly realistic fiction Its fantastic details, interesting construction, and humor make it worth the read Foreword Clarion ReviewsThe writing of Scott Semegran has been praised by bestselling author Emmy Award winning filmmaker Davy Rothbart as Hilarious, poignant, and twisted Award winning cartoonist Emily Flake described the fiction of Scott Semegran as Funny, sweet, dark, and sad, Scott Semegran s stories create a wholly convincing world of love, loss, and fear His light touch with heavy subjects is a gift, and his forays into silliness are a delight Scott Semegran lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, four kids, two cats, and a dog He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English He is a cartoonist and a writer He can also bend metal with his mind and run really fast, if chased by a pack of wolves His comic strips have appeared in the following newspapers The Austin Student, The Funny Times, The Austin American Statesman, Rocky Mountain Bullhorn, Seven Days, The University of Texas at Dallas Mercury, and The North Austin Bee His short story That Little Devil Que Un Diablito appeared in the The Next One Literary Journal from the Texas Tech University Honors College He is a Kindle bestselling author Other novels and books by Scott Semegran include The Meteoric Rise of Simon Burchwood, Modicum, The Spectacular Simon Burchwood, and Mr Grieves the Book.

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    One thought on “Boys

    1. Lesley Anderson on said:

      Maybe I am missing something? Puerile, no pun intended, is the word which springs to mind .

    2. Daphne Martin on said:

      Boys is an amazing short story collection about growth. This book consists of three short stories of the motivations, interests, influences, and desires of three different boys at three different, but critical stages of their lives. Scott Semegran does a fantastic job of building and capturing the sensitivity, resiliency, and persistency of each of the characters. The book and its stories are curated with a natural flow, as each character is older than the next, and you see and experience their [...]

    3. Kara on said:

      I received this book as a Giveaway. It is an interesting, slice-of-life portrayal of three boys in Texas: a young boy, a teenager, and a young adult. Getting a glimpse into each of their lives, it portrays a series of mundane, yet relatable, struggles each boy faces. It seems like the author grew up in Texas during the time frame in the book because this book reads like an ode to Texas youth. I particularly liked how the length of each boy's story paralleled the stage of life and the challenges [...]

    4. Eric Neill on said:

      Boys areys. Always and forever.Each is a different person with strong influences of ethnicity, family, friends, and mentors. The friends are increasing strong influences thru the teen years, but tend to fade as adulthood and manhood merge with boyhood and bring new independence and life opportunities. Somehow the bad influences are painted over with good intentions, and in spite of frequent and predictable set backs, life goes on to new adventures.This book has several fictional stories, but mos [...]

    5. Jessica on said:

      Ended too soon!I loved this quirky collection of stories trying to morph into a novel, but it ended much too soon, leaving too many questions unanswered! What happens to Seff? Does he ever get off his couch and find a new job? Does he get arrested for theft? Will he become a best selling writer, or go back home a failure? What's the problem between him and his Dad? Does he ever get together with Laura Ann? Why did he never see Sarah or Arthur again? Does he ever see Alfonso again? Did Alfonso an [...]

    6. Michelle on said:

      Interesting to get a glimpse of life in the view of a male at the stage of a child, a teenager, and a young adult. The young adult story reminded me a bit of my youth though from the eyes of the opposite sex. It had some funny parts. It didn’t keep my attention for long periods of time though. Not a bad book.

    7. Brandi on said:

      Sweet and darkThe end result of this book is a bittersweet feeling - final, yet with an optimistic feel, nothing gloomy. Almost comical, save for the raw pitifulness of the narrator's thoughts. I loved it.

    8. David on said:

      The collection opens with Wiliam's story, "The Great and Powerful, Brave Raideen". It's a short story with a predictable plot element, but it's nicely done. The characters are honestly portrayed; the dialogue genuine. It demonstrates the dual fickle-forgiving nature of children and the power of play.Sam's story, "Good Night, Jerk Face", comes next. It's a novelette that ends rather abruptly. Semegran builds up the tension between Sam and his parents over Sam's desire to buy the car of his dreams [...]

    9. Jsmith50964gmail.Com on said:

      Interesting gritty story of boys. Hardships, bruised hopes. Hard times and coping. Good portrait of handling difficult times.

    10. Casey on said:

      I was not a big fan of this book. It is broken into three stories. The first story really showed some potential, but kind of ended abruptly. The second story started out as a kid that really had this goal to get a specific car and the whole focus was on that goal, and then all of sudden it switched gears on the last 2 or 3 pages to the kid falling in love with a girl. The last story was much longer and had chapters. Each chapter seemed like what a junior high kid would turn in for the daily diar [...]

    11. Patricia Kitto on said:

      I liked the idea of this book but it didn't deliver. The writing was meh - there were way too many similes that were forced and disrupted the flow of the book. The characters were mildly interesting but very simply drawn and some of the situations they found themselves in had me rolling my eyes. I stuck with it because I did want to see what happened to the "Boys" but was disappointed. 1 1/2 stars but I round up so 2 stars.

    12. Shakespearetobe on said:

      DisappointingI read the first two stories before giving up. There's no real plot or character development, no conflict, no setting. The stories could be interesting if something g actually happened to challenge the characters. Maybe that happened in the other stories but if it didn't happen in the first two I wasn't holding out hope.

    13. Scott Semegran on said:

      I re-read this while formatting the hardcover edition. It still brought a smile to my face. Too subjective?

    14. Alexis on said:

      Well, I’m glad I didn’t fork over much for this.I had Alexa read this to me for starters and finished it on my own. I did finish it, so that gives it two stars.

    15. Ann Davis on said:

      LanguageI read one chapter and several pages of the second. I don't use or want to read or read rude language.

    16. Carrie on said:

      SloppyThe writing and editing are so sloppy! I can't believe this book got published. Went about 1/3 through itn't go on.

    17. uolevi lahti on said:

      Scott , this was a wonderful book. I thoroughly enjoyed and related to it. Great characters and relating to the human character! Thank you!

    18. Scott Semegran on said:

      I re-read this while formatting the hardcover edition. It still brought a smile to my face. Too subjective?

    19. solitaryfossil on said:

      Three stories about boys growing up in Texas. The first was the best, about an elementary school student who has to deal with a bully. But the remaining stories were disappointing. In story number two a teen is planning on buying his first car, gets his first job, falls in love with a girl. The third is about a 21-year-old who is living with his best friend/roommate, working a crappy job and just getting by month to month.There was some awkward writing here, a bit sloppy, and it became off-putti [...]

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