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had me, til the last hour

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-26

ok, usually, even if I don't really like a book, if I get this close to the end, I'll finish. This one had a pretty serious issue for me however. So the story was pretty good. Some interesting parts, some not so. Some redundancy, but overall, cool life story.

I love surfing, having discovered it quite by accident on a trip to Costa Rica for some dental work. I was in my thirties at the time. I grew up in southern Ontario, far from any suitable waves. I've gone back to Costa Rica three times just to surf and am slowly gathering the gear and money to pay for surfing in the colder waters near me.

According to Bill, I shouldn't be surfing at all and I'm ruining it for the serious surfers who have put in the dedication and time.

You're pretty lucky Bill. you grew up in an area where you could reach surfable waves, you had some awareness of surfing and the money to get a board. I wish I had had similar circumstances. Your parents helped and encouraged your interests and helped you pay for gear. That's true dedication. It clearly wasn't luck and privilege that allowed you the ability to surf, surf often and have boards and wetsuits and wax and patch kits and a space to keep your board and work on it. Not that at all. This was obviously grit and dedication.

I'm not saying what he did in his life isn't impressive. But don't deny others discovering a passion and love for surfing, and the ocean because your situation gave you clear advantages. Loving surfing and the ocean often leads us to care more about what happens to it, and the earth. Which is something we desperately need right now.

I'm not bitter about others circumstances, but how dare you say that people who take up surfing later in life aren't as worthy of learning and continuing to learn. You speak about wanting to do something to bring awareness to issues facing those less fortunate, you make it seem like you have some self awareness and consciousness of the inequities around the world...... and then you say something stupid like that and ruin everything.

I recommend this book, I guess, if you happen to be a dedicated surfer and not a late starter or a casual one..... we clearly are not worthy of these passages, these thoughts, these words.

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this is good for anyone

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2019-08-28

labeled YA. I'm old enough that young adult annoys me, and this book did at times, but they were very few. this was a unique look at a mental illness and many of the things that mental illness entails for a young person. It hooked me from the beginning and didn't disappoint. This one definitely deserves more stars than reported now. Give it a try, it's worth a read.

guess I'm an anomaly??!!

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2019-06-16

I really didn't like this book. very poor character development, very cliched "lines", totally improbable events. I'm ok with a story stretching things a bit, but this was far too much. this was a very bad version of shutter Island. very disappointed.

solid 3.5

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2019-04-20

I didn't dislike this book. I finished it, which I never do with books I dislike. The story keeps you interested, however, it was a very typical story in every regard. No surprises, nothing at all new, which is why I rated it a bit lower than the writing would have warrented. All in all it was a good read.

finished in two days.

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Reviewed: 2019-04-09

I like plague novels, this one focused more on the aftermath and the experience of a single person which was cool. totally different take then usual, awesome female character, fast paced story and realistic characters make for a very entertaining read. I'm on to the next one!

what can I say.

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Reviewed: 2019-04-05

riveting right to the end. great story, great narrator. I didn't want it to end. I hope his other books are as good! I'm hooked!

amazing

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Reviewed: 2018-08-30

Richard is an extremely gifted story teller and his stories are so touching and healing. I can't wait to read them all. I wish I had found him before my mother passed.

loved this book.

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Reviewed: 2018-07-11

Similar to American rust and the son. I really enjoy this style. I couldn't put it down.....🙂

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Really great read that incorporates a number.....

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Reviewed: 2018-02-23

Of issues of interest in current society. He's been compared to Faulkner, Mccarthy and other writers of the southern Gothic genre and I agree. But, in my opinion, he brings more feeling and authenticity to each character. I enjoyed the son even more than American rust. I definitely recommend both and he's on my list of writers to watch. Happy reading all.