Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The Tribulations of August Barton

The Tribulations of August Barton

The Tribulations of August Barton

by Jennifer LeBlanc

Augie Barton's first day of college isn't going so great. His step-father is divorcing his mother, his roommate thinks he's a nerd, and he inadvertently ends up showing up at a dorm party with his grandmother, a former prostitute who has run away from her nursing home. As he navigates his first semester at college, Augie must learn how to cope with his ever-mounting anxiety in order to have a shot at his dream girl.

The fact that this book was divided into parts instead of chapters was a little off-putting and it took me a while to really get into the story. However, by the end of September, I was intrigued by Augie and wanted to know what happened to him. And I absolutely loved Grandma Gertie.

By the end of the book, I felt there were a few stories I wanted to know more about. Without giving too much away, it felt like Grandma Gertie and Mom had a secret they were keeping from Augie that is never addressed. I also felt that I didn't really get to know Isaac. He had some major growth to his character, but we missed the transformation. I hope to find the answer to these questions when I read the next book in the series.

Overall, I would rate this story four quills and place it on my middle shelf.

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