Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Book Review for Lawn Darts & Lemonade by Steven Manchester

 Lawn Darts & Lemonade by Steven Manchester 

ebook, 1st, 296 pages

Published March 8th 2022 by Luna Bella Press


Taken from Goodreads:
  From New England's Storyteller, Steven Manchester, comes the nostalgia-filled sequel to Bread Bags & Bullies; a novel about growing up in a whacky family during the 1980s. Boom boxes, leg warmers and Rubik’s Cubes—it’s all there. A hysterical walk down memory lane!

It’s the summer of 1984, a season of dodging lawn darts and chugging lemonade—or at least the discolored tap water Ma tried to disguise as lemonade.

Growing up is never easy, no matter what era you do it in. For generations, teenagers have suffered peer pressure, bullying, fear of rejection, and a sadistic obstacle course of one unexpected challenge after the next. Three brothers, Wally, Herbie, and Cockroach, learn that the past can be filled with questions—even shame and regret—while the future might be shrouded in worry and fear. But staying in the moment, now that’s where the sweet spot is.

My Thoughts:  Lawn Darts & Lemonade is a flashback to the 80’s.  I loved every story, every memory, everything else about this book.  It was a look at life in the 80’s, when kids were sent outside to play with each other, mom’s smoke, and everyone drank lemonade.   This was a stroll down memory lane. 

The death of Pop brings the family together, they share memories, tell stories, cry, laugh, and just spend time together.  I enjoyed how each person had their own set of memories but with each memory the common thread was family and love.  With each story told there was no doubt that family came first, and they all love each other. 

Everything about Steven Manchester’s writing is real.   He writes of real life, of real issues, of real love, of real families.  His books always pull me in, makes me think, makes me feel, and makes me love the story and the characters.  

**Thank you Steven Manchester for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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