In me are the memories of a boy’s life, spent in that realm of enchantments. These are the things I want to tell you….
Cory Mackenson is an eleven-year-old kid living in a picturesque town called Zephyr, Alabama. Cory is a great narrator and it’s his magical worldview that keeps you reading. BOY’S LIFE is one of the best coming-of-age stories I’ve ever read. It’s also one of the best stories I’ve ever read. There’s a lot to love about this book.
I honestly related to Cory because we went through some of the same things growing up. His smalltown life is similar to my childhood. I got in fights with bullies at the baseball fields. I lost best friends along the way. I had crushes and first loves. Love and loss feel these pages. As you read this book, you grow with Cory. You feel what he feels. You experience what he experiences. BOY’S LIFE is magic.
Cory and his father witness a car plunge into the local lake. His father tries to rescue the man inside before the car sinks into the murky depths of the lake. That’s when Cory’s eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him.
BOY’S LIFE is smalltown horror at its finest. Cory watches his dad age rapidly. Cory has to face the secrets of Zephyr. All will be revealed in the end. This book just sings. I can’t say enough about it.
McCammon writes with such clarity. I felt like I could find my way around Zephyr and Cory’s neighborhood. The cast of characters all had a role to play in this magical book. The characters have tons of depth. I loved some and hated others. The events in this book will stick with me forever. The scenes jump off the page–some will make you laugh and some will make you cry.
Reading this book made me want to jump on my bike and take a ride down thrill hill. I wanted to play catch with my dad. I remember the world rapidly changing around me at Cory’s age. Cory’s world is growing larger by the day. A new market pops up in town, which hurt local businesses. Cory’s entire world changes almost overnight.
Everyone basically knows each other in Zephyr, which is kind of refreshing. Each person plays a pivotal roll in Zephyr.
McCammon writes spellbinding prose. The storyline is slow in places, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There’s a lot going on in this book, but McCammon manages it well. There are no loose ends and the ending is very satisfying.
I normally don’t add my favorite quotes in my reviews, but I have to for BOY’S LIFE. These quotes carry weight. So, here goes nothing.
“Seems to me a writer gets to hold a lot of keys, ” she said. “Gets to visit a lot of worlds and live in a lot of skins. Seems to me a writer has a chance to live forever, if he’s good and if he’s lucky.”
“Don’t be in a hurry to grow up. Hold on to being a boy as long as you can, because once you lose that magic, you’re always begging to find it again.”
“When you look at something, don’t just look. See it. Really, really see it. See it so when you write it down, somebody else can see it, too.”
“No one ever grows up. They may look grown-up, but it’s just the clay of time. Men and women are still children deep in their hearts.”
“On those shelves are stacks of me.” This is exactly how I feel about my books!
If you haven’t experienced a Robert McCammon book, then you should definitely get on that. This is my second time reading him. MYSTERY WALK is just as good as this one, if not better. I don’t think you can go wrong with this author. He delivers the nostalgia! He takes you back to that magical time between childhood and manhood. Most importantly, McCammon makes you feel something.
5/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐