Synopsis: ‘A stranger rolls into town, and everything changes…
…especially for Austin Methune, when the stranger turns out to be his father, presumed dead, and his father turns out to be Shane Tucker, a bigtime musician—just the role Austin wants for himself.Austin has a long history of getting himself into trouble, with the assistance of weed, inertia, and indifference. And he’s in deep trouble now—the deepest ever. He’s talented, though. Maybe his famous father will help him turn his life around and realize his musical dream.
But maybe Austin has inherited more than talent from Shane, who also does drugs, screws up, and drops out.
Austin is a tour guide to his own bad decisions and their consequences as he is dragged, kicking and screaming, toward adulthood.’
Austin lives up to the title of this book. He is very adept at making bad decisions. Sometimes because he does not think them through and sometimes because of the nature of his family history and relationship with his mother. Mostly, Austin makes quite a few bad decisions.
As you read, you can feel the impending doom. Austin makes excuses for himself, he misjudges people and events, he hears only what he wants to hear and therefore events overtake him and life becomes uncontrollable. Possibly a typical sixteen year old. Definitely a frustrating sixteen year old.
As a reader you want to shake Austin and tell him to wake up, as you can see where his judgements are leading him. But as any good author, Michael Rubens leads the reader to the inevitable conclusion/ car crash.
This is a great read, entertaining at times, even laugh out loud, while interspersed with melancholy and bittersweet moments.
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