The Tribulations of August Barton, Jennifer LeBlanc
Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review.
August Barton could never have mentally prepared himself for his freshman year of college: not only has his anxiety increased, but his parents are divorcing, his new roommate thinks Augie is the biggest nerd in existence, and his grandma, a retired prostitute named Gertie, has taken to running away from her nursing home. Augie just wants to hole up in his dorm room with his Star Wars collectables and textbooks, but Gertie is not about to let that happen. What ensues is a crazy ride including naked trespassing, befriending a local biker gang, and maybe-just maybe-with Augie defeating his anxiety and actually getting the girl.
What a sweet, sweet novella!
From the moment I started reading, I knew I would spend some good time in August's company, as well as his friends and family. I absolutely adored the tone of the novella, with enough wit and humour to make you grin from beginning to end.
August, as a character and as a young man, is a real treat, and I wish more people were like him. Yes, he's awkward, but also extremely respectful, loyal and caring.
I liked the theme of anxiety, too. As someone who suffers from it on a day-to-day basis, I found it well described and actually believable and realistic, which is not always the case in fiction!
All in all, it was a joy to read, a real treat and a fun story to fly through!
- "Acknowledge the anxiety, and realize you're not that important and that no one is looking at you. The moment is simply that - a moment. It's not forever. It will pass."