Lawn Darts & Lemonade


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 Review

I am such a fan of Mr. Manchester's. He is a prolific writer, who brings his characters to life as if they were people you have known for years. Point in case with this book. While, I have not read the prior book, Bread Bags & Bullies, I still felt as if I had known brothers Wally, Herbie, and Cockroach forever. It felt like I was just visiting with my friends again. 

The older generation will really appreciate this book. It will bring back fond childhood memories. I know I sure felt like I was instantly transported back in time while reading this book. Everyone's voices rang clearly in my head. Dig out your spare change from underneath the couch cushions and pick up a copy of Lawn Darts and Lemonade today!


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