Monday, September 23, 2013

Review: Fun & Games by David Michael Slater

Fun & Games by David Michael Slater

The 1980's: it's the time of Dungeons & Dragons, banana clips, and Atari. Jonathan Schwartz is growing up in a family like no other. His sisters, Nadia, the dark genius, and Olivia, the gorgeous tease and temptress, manipulate Jon and his friends for their own entertainment. And his Holocaust survivor grandparents? Their coping techniques are beyond embarrassing. A disastrous visit to Jon's class by his grandmother unhinges his famous father, setting off a chain of events that threatens to send the dysfunctional Schwartz clan up in flames once and for all. Fun & Games is a heartbreaking and hilarious story of faith, family secrets, betrayal, and loss-but it's also a tale of friendship, love, and side-splitting shenanigans.

My Thoughts:
Starts out as a story about a Jewish teenager growing up in the 80's. He has a dysfunctional family, and great friends who talk him into crazy things. The story becomes so much more than that. At times funny, surprising, and sad. I loved how all the details came together in the end. Ultimately this makes you think. There is much more here than I expected. The end left me stunned, which is why I give it five stars. Just a really good read. 

My Rating: *****
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