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Review: Most Un Likely to Succeed: The Trials, Travels and Ultimate Triumphs of a Throwaway Kid

Most Un Likely to Succeed: The Trials, Travels and Ultimate Triumphs of a Throwaway Kid Most Un Likely to Succeed: The Trials, Travels and Ultimate Triumphs of a Throwaway Kid by Nelson Lauver
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Talk: Nelson Lauver was a normal kid, growing up in a working class town in central PA. He had a great family, good friends, a close-knit community. He loved school and dreamed of becoming a lawyer or a broadcaster. That is until his classmates started outpacing him in reading and writing. Suddenly, the place that once held excitement and hope became a place of fear and dread. Nelson does everything in his power to avoid letting those around him know the truth...he is functionally illiterate.

My Thoughts: I LOVED this book. Lauver is a great storyteller, and I got wrapped up in his story within the first few pages. I loved reading about small town life in the 70s in PA, the characters who made up his daily life, the backdrop of the working class family. Much of his story is very painful to read, as well. There is heart-breaking abuse at the hands of those people he should have been able to trust most. But in the end, Lauver's spirit and character lead him to make great choices that turn his life around.

My Recommendation: 5/5 stars
Grades 9+ (some language, content may be upsetting to younger students)

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