A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Because it features nearly 100 very short stories, anecdotes, drawings, essays, comics, and memories, it may appeal to reluctant male readers. The profits go to support the Guys Read Web site. May inspire readers to seek out other books by these authors.
The writers explore what it means to be a guy -- coming to various conclusions.
Positive Role Models
The male authors here share their varied experiences, and readers are certain to find someone they can relate to or root for.
Violence & Scariness
A school head who hits students with a slipper, a graphic description of a body after six weeks in the ocean. Hazing that involves nudity, hanging bolts from and tying a rope around a male appendage, anal application of Tabasco.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A kiss, touching a girl's chest, sexual daydreams.
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One four-letter word, various words for the male organ.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A dad who drinks too much beer, another who drinks whiskey while driving, pot smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the male authors and illustrators of this uneven short story collection are exploring masculinity. There is some stereotyping -- and some graphic stuff (including hazing that involves nudity, hanging bolts from and tying a rope around a male appendage, anal application of Tabasco). But the theme of this collection, and the entries themselves, may make it appeal to male teens, perhaps especially reluctant readers. Profits go to support the Guys Read Web site.
Is It Any Good?
Guys read, but judging from this collection, they don't care much about quality. With a few exceptions, the writing here is flat and reads like a homework assignment done at the last minute. And some of the guys who write have ideas about guy-ness so stereotypical that even a 10-year-old would sneer -- real guys apparently burp, fart, and play sports. Alert the media.
This was a good idea -- getting boys to read, and keeping them reading, is a worthy goal, and the profits go to support the Guys Read Web site. And there are some gems among much dross, and a few that defy the stereotypes. Perhaps it will appeal to reluctant readers -- and get teen boys interested in the work of some of the authors here.
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