The Wondering Years {a Review}

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I first heard of this book on the Sorta Awesome Podcast, and I bought a copy for my oldest’s teacher for Christmas based solely on that. When it popped up as eligible to review I jumped at it.

I finished it in a couple of days, and overall it was a good read. It was enjoyable and made me chuckle at parts. I believe the author and I are the same age, or very close in age.

The references to pop-culture made me giggle, particularly when juxtaposed to the “Christian” up bringing of the 90s and all it’s awkwardness.

I flew through the first half of the book, nodding my head in agreement…then something happened, it started to get slow and deeper, not in a bad way…just in an I-don’t-think-this-is-what-I-signed-up-for way. It was still very well written and enjoyable, but it started to deviate from the pop culture parallels.

By the last chapter it was no longer entertaining. McCoy discusses his walk of faith much more and dives into dealing with his father’s cancer diagnosis. What started out as light and humorous made a complete turn around to something much deeper and serious.

Don’t get me wrong, it was still well written, but I felt that the last quarter of the book was a complete redirect from what I thought the book was. If I had known that, I probably wouldn’t have gifted it to my kid’s teacher.


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