Saturday, April 2, 2011

Thomas Granger by Dan Marvin

Genre: Coming of Age

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

How I acquired this book: I purchased it.

Book Blurb: Rusty Roger's life at Fabian University changes forever when he meets the enigmatic Thomas Granger. Suddenly Rusty is popular, desired, recruited by fraternities... and the target of a madman. Can Rusty juggle two sexy women, pledge a fraternity, and solve the murder of one of his professors all while keeping his grades up and his parents off his back?

In Thomas Granger, we see the world through the wide eyes of a college freshman who is forming his first adult relationships. His most important lesson is that people are not always what they seem...

My Review: Rusty Rogers is an engaging narrator, and that's what works best about this book. It's a pleasure to follow him through the triumphs and disasters of his freshman year in college, from a bromantic friendship with an intriguing classmate, to the excitement of a new girlfriend who might just be the real thing, to the ups and downs of pledging for a fraternity.

In the midst of this slice-of-life, the murder mystery felt like an intrusion. Although it's embedded in the plot, it never seemed to gel with the rest of the story. That makes it tough to determine this book's genre: it's not quite a mystery, nor a bromance, nor a romance. I'd call it a 'coming-of-age' tale.

Still, this is a pleasant, enjoyable read--especially for those of us who made lasting friendships in college.

Have you read this book? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

On Kindle: Yes. Find it on Amazon here.

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