Book Review: The Boys & Girls of America
The Boys & Girls of America was written by Christopher Gould and published by Atmosphere Press in 2023. You can purchase it on Amazon/Kindle, and you can visit the author on Amazon and on social media.
Christopher Gould creates a whole cast of well-developed characters, and his style of writing enhances the story to its highest level.
James Castle, an aspiring writer, with already one acclaimed novel to his name, is appointed writer-in-residence at Edsen College in 1991. This is sort of a dream job for him since he was denied entry into the school in 1985 as a student. James now has the unique opportunity to experience many of the things he missed out on if he had been a student there and he gets the extra special bonus of writing about it. As James settles into his new role and college life, he meets several new students who quickly become his friends but there's someone else mysteriously lurking around campus and this person is intent on making sure that James doesn't lose sight of his past- a past that is swelling with dark secrets. These hidden segments of his life could reveal the truth about his novel Wits End and bring a halt to his literary career. The Boys & Girls of America takes us back to the 1990s and lets us explore what it was like to be a Generation X college student. It's filled with pop culture and the attitudes of that era, a remarkable and enjoyable novel. The premise of the novel intrigued me, being that the protagonist is an aspiring writer who is trying to find his way in the world. Christopher Gould creates a whole cast of well-developed characters who are equally interesting, and his unique style of writing enhances the story to its highest level. The story line slowly builds up from the beginning and as the suspense evolves, a few twists were added that surprised me. The ending certainly played a part in cementing this five-star review. Christopher Gould is a very talented author and someone to watch and to follow as his writing career continues. The Boys & Girls of America is a must read!
I give The Boys & Girls of America 5 out of 5 stars.
Christopher Gould is a scheduled guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show #143 on August 21, 2023.