A review by digitalrob
Boy's Life, by Robert McCammon

5.0

So, I had to see what the big complaints were for the one star ratings, and even though I enjoyed this book immensely, I can see why they got frustrated.

I remembered reading this book when I was about 18 when it first came out. I loved it then and I love it now. That said, I asked myself at least twice during the first third of the book how I managed to love this book so much as a teen. The descriptions are very detailed to the point of tedium at some points.

Then we got into the story where that detail is pretty frickin' important. McCammon does a fantastic job of creating a movie for the reader. The characters are well developed, and the book has several heart wrenching moments.

With a bit more history under my belt in the last 30 years, I didn't find the mystery difficult to solve, but I enjoyed the tension and the suspense regarding the two mysteries. I regularly asked if they connected to each other. And the magic, I love the magic in this book: subtle but real.

The final chapter does a nice job of closing the story for the characters. Hometowns don't always stay the same.

Finally, I never thought this would be something I would have to explicitly express my enjoyment over, but reading this in 2020, I really like that the Nazis are the bad guys. I'd really like that sentiment to come back.

"We all start out knowing magic."