On the Waterfront by Mike McCoy

chickenlegninjaattack's review against another edition

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adventurous reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


Es war einfach wirklich nicht mein Schreibstift. Manche stellen fand ich unnötig obszön. Tbh fühlt sich das mehr an wie ein draft als ein fertiges Buch. Keine Szene hat sich natürlich angefühlt v.a. Nicht der Dialog. Die Geschichte an sich ist aber ganz nett.

Mochte die Freundschaft zwischen Dan und Mark aber den Rest fand ich einfach anstrengend zu lesen 

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On the Waterfront was a very genuine and nostalgic portrayal of adolescence - the awkwardness and bullying, but also the adventures and friendships.  Danny/Dan, the thirteen-year-old main character, reads very earnestly like a child trying to grow up, while still feeling immature and less experienced than the older teenagers around him.  He flounders in a lot of his attempts to act mature and connect with the other boys, but he comes into his own as well.  

Technically the writing was not always top-notch and I would have liked to see more of Mark and Dan's after they'd started to understand each other.  Overall, though, it was a pleasant read.