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Publisher's Summary

For Mike Muñoz, a young Chicano living in Washington State, life has been a whole lot of waiting for something to happen. Not too many years out of high school and still doing menial work - and just fired from his latest gig as a lawn boy on a landscaping crew - he knows that he's got to be the one to shake things up if he's ever going to change his life. But how?

In this funny, angry, touching, and ultimately deeply inspiring novel, best-selling author Jonathan Evison takes the reader into the heart and mind of a young man on a journey to discover himself, a search to find the secret to achieving the American dream of happiness and prosperity. That's the birthright for all Americans, isn't it? If so, then what is Mike Muñoz's problem? Though he tries time and again to get his foot on the first rung of that ladder to success, he can't seem to get a break. But then things start to change for Mike, and after a raucous, jarring, and challenging trip, he finds he can finally see the future and his place in it. And it's looking really good.

Lawn Boy is an important, entertaining, and completely winning novel about social class distinctions, about overcoming cultural discrimination, and about standing up for oneself.

©2018 Jonathan Evison (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

What the critics say

"This novel comes alive as an audiobook because of narrator P.J. Ochlan's ability to create unique voices for each of Evison's characters....  Whether it's when Munoz has an abscessed tooth pulled or when he confronts those whose wisdom turns out to be less than stellar, Ochlan makes the most of every moment." (AudioFile)

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  • CMB
  • 2018-06-25

beyond brilliant!

Apparently the world does need a great American Landscaping novel and Lawn-Boy is it.Mow dogs this book is for you and everyone else.

incredibly well-written and masterfully voiced.

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  • Lara
  • 2021-09-24

Stick with it, it leaves you with all the feels

It’s a little slow going and depressing to start out. I honestly almost gave up on it a few times, but it really does come through in the end. Not a children’s book, but I think a high schooler could handle it. In the end you will be happy that you stuck with it.

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  • Carl
  • 2018-04-23

If you are contemplating whether you want to read

This book or not, just do it! It's a great read/listen and with lots of love and laughs, you will want a Mike Muňoz in your life. I won't repeat what every one else has said, just get it and laugh and cry and love with this wonderful book.

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  • ACK
  • 2018-04-12

Actually Funny

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I am very hesitant when I see a book is described as funny. This book is actually very funny. Great story about a young man trying to do what he thinks he should want to do with his life and screwing it up and getting screwed over until he tries to do what he actually wants. Also, warmed my heart that the football references were correct, appropriate, and non-generic. This is an incredibly small part of the book, but I’m happy there was no “Do you think we can beat New York? Their quarterback throws a lot of yards.”

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  • Gretchen
  • 2018-05-01

CATEGORY AND SUMMARY MISLEADING

Audible has a category for Gay & Lesbian Humor/Fiction and I felt mislead this was not disclosed in the category or summary. The story itself was amusing in parts, but not funny (to me). Excessive swearing and overuse of the F-bomb does not make something funny. The narrator did a good job.

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  • Jennifer
  • 2022-06-10

What a great coming of age story

So simply wrote in easy to understand English almost eloquent while trying to be anything except. I read this book because a person running for our school board said it shouldn't be offered as children's book material and is trying to ban it from our library. My children understand sex and I highly recommend reading this book to my 11 year old. There is nothing shameful in it and it might talk about sex 3 maybe 4 times through whole thing. No, steamy sex scenes either, just referenced or implied. There is nothing that I would block my children from hearing, but I also don't try to block the world from them either.

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  • Candace
  • 2022-03-29

It made me laugh and think

I would recommend this to young adults. There’s a lot of cursing but I cursed a lot in middle and high school honestly. A gritty and inspiring story, I enjoyed very much! If you’re a parent maybe listen to it with your teen so you can discuss uncomfortable topics.

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  • AA
  • 2022-02-21

Negative negative negative

Can this kid ever get a break? Goodness. What a depressing read. I had to will myself to keep going. So down and negative all the time. Everyone is against him. It’s everyone’s fault. He can’t get ahead. He’s miserable. Guess what? So is the reader.

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  • Charles Daniels
  • 2021-12-11

A life story for all!

Another unexpected ending! It was a little dry in the beginning but well worth the read to the end!