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The Resource Summer of '69, Todd Strasser

Summer of '69, Todd Strasser

Label
Summer of '69
Title
Summer of '69
Statement of responsibility
Todd Strasser
Title variation
Summer of 1969
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"With his girlfriend, Robin, away in Canada, eighteen-year-old Lucas Baker's only plans for the summer are to mellow out with his friends, smoke weed, drop a tab or two, and head out in his microbus for a three-day happening called the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. But life veers dramatically off track when he suddenly finds himself in danger of being drafted and sent to fight in Vietnam."--Amazon.com
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Review
  • Grades 9-12 Drugs, sex, and rock 'n' roll, those hallmarks of the summer of 1969, are all here, but there's so much more. In this loosely autobiographical novel, Strasser introduces 18-year-od Lucas, who is bright and sensitive but also a screw up. He hasn't done much to get into college, so he's eligible for the draft. Robin, his girlfriend, is having second thoughts, in part because of his drug use, and his family is in shambles.Told through Lucas' eyes, the story captures the mood and spirit of the times. The panic about being drafted and the options that an upper-middle-class white boy has that other kids don't are clearly described, both by Lucas' increasingly frantic plans and the letters he receives from a friend serving in Vietnam. The picture painted of the Woodstock music festival shows the dark side of peace and love, and the prevalence of drugs is on almost every page, though at times the use of psychedelics seems excessive. The best part of the book, however, is the one that transcends eras: Lucas' introspection as he contemplates his place in the world. -- Ilene Cooper (Reviewed 5/3/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 17)
  • The prolific Strasser (Price of Duty, 2018, etc.) offers a semiautobiographical account of a transformative Long Island summer in 1969. High school grad Lucas Baker is working for his dad's bulk-mail facility for the summer, and it's not exactly stimulating, but he has the company of his good friends Arno and Milton and plenty of acid and grass at the ready. But his parents seem headed for divorce, and his girlfriend is off at camp, sending letters hinting at a possible breakup. He's also been rejected by the only college he had much hope of getting into, closing off his best shot at avoiding the draft. There are a few bright spots: the lovely Tinsley and the upcoming Woodstock music festival, which promises to be epic. Before he gets to Woodstock, he'll have to wrestle with his views on the war and the draft and escape a few hairy situations with his friends, including a memorable tussle with a biker gang. Strasser perfectly captures the golden haze of youth and life on the cusp of adulthood. Readers fascinated with this time period will find much to enjoy. All main characters are white, but Lucas' African-American conscientious objector counselor, Charles, offers his perspective on the war and the treatment of African-American soldiers. Vietnam, Woodstock, road trips, and acid trips: a sweetly bittersweet, surprising, even melancholy bildungsroman set against a world in flux. Groovy, man. (author's note) (Fiction. 14- adult) (Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2019)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10777054
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Strasser, Todd
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Teenagers
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Summer of '69, Todd Strasser
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First editon.
Extent
373 pages
Isbn
9780763695262
Lccn
2018961332
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustration
System control number
(OCoLC)1045187212
Label
Summer of '69, Todd Strasser
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First editon.
Extent
373 pages
Isbn
9780763695262
Lccn
2018961332
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustration
System control number
(OCoLC)1045187212

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