25 Jun 2018

GINGER KID; MOSTLY TRUE TALES FROM A FORMER NERD.


GINGER KID; MOSTLY TRUE TALES FROM A FORMER NERD by STEVE HOFSTETTER.


In Ginger Kid, popular comedian Steve Hoffstetter grapples with life after seventh grade…when his world fell apart. Formatted as a series of personal essays, graphs, charts, and questionnaires, Steve walks his readers through awkward early dating, family turbulence, and the revenge of the bullied nerds. This YA memoir is sure to serve as a beloved source of inspiration for anyone who's ever felt like a misfit and for the kids who dream big.
- (INNER FRONT COVER) BLURB

Hi, maybe you're reading this because you have good taste in books; or someone you know has good taste in books; or someone who threw this out used to have good taste in books, before they became a jerk.
- FIRST SENTENCE, Opener; One quick thing

- MEMORABLE MOMENT
(See 'My Thoughts'. TT)

SOURCE ... Received with thanks from Margaret of Next Round Entertainment

READ FOR A CHALLENGE? ... No.

MY THOUGHTS ... They say that life doesn't come with an instruction manual, right?

Well, if it did, I'm sure this would be a contender ....

OK, so not exactly an instruction manual as such but, with a great insight into what it is to be an outsider, a nerd; a ginger nerd at that, the author talks the young adult reader (at whom the book is primarily but not exclusively aimed at) through his experiences; sharing words of wisdom on everything from his romantic entanglements with a certain young lady (see below) to the forging of friendships ... and more along the way


As long as you learn something from a mistake, it's not truly a mistake. If you cross the street and get hit by a car, the lesson is not to avoid crossing the street again. It's to cross the street more carefully.
- Page 76

A quick, funny read that I'm sure many will relate to. I've now suggested Ginger Kid to several friends as being both a reminder to them as to what it is to be young and full of insecurities as well as being what I think of as ideal reading material for their 'reluctant to read' off-spring.

7 comments:

Kelly said...

This sounds really good, even if it's not something I feel I want/need to read at this point in my life. I'll certainly keep it in mind for future reference, though.

Suko said...

This book sounds terrific, Tracy! And the cover seems perfect.

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

As a child, I was always a bit of nerd and my brother was definitely 'ginger' nerd material, although the carrot colour of babyhood, has now toned down to a golden colour with the passing of the years!

I love the line you shared from page 76, but how many of us truly learn from our mistakes? The only sure fact in life is that if you keep doing the same thing, you are going to keep getting the same outcome!

Thanks for sharing and I hope that you are coping with this heatwave blast :)

Yvonne

Brian Joseph said...

This does sound good. Perhaps it is something that adults can get as much out of as kids.

nightwingsraven said...

Ttacy,
This book sounds truly good,
and I can for instance relate
to being an outsider. I will
add it to my list.
Raven

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Sounds like a fun one! I like the formatting of the book - I like books that are told in unique formats sometimes. :)

-Lauren
www.shootingstarsmag.net

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I like a book that many can relate. I also love the moral that mistakes aren't always mistakes!