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Reviewed by Ivory Morton, Beautyful Word
Synopsis: Afternoon is a novella about courage, faith in Jesus Christ, and growing up in a surreal and challenging world.
This is the second book I have read by this author and I like his writing style. It is vivid and brings the characters to life. The only thing I disliked about the story is that there wasn’t any way to tell when the scene was going to jump. It would catch me off guard as the new scenes didn’t go in chronological order. I think it is a good concept as the reader gets to experience different aspects of Andrew’s life.
Andrew has a life changing experience after nearly drowning and realizes that he had allowed his troubles to cause him to withdraw from other people. It is not a miraculous change like Scrooge but he slowly comes to that point after going through memories and talks with friends and family. Overall, good read for anyone who loves young adult stories of growing pains mixed with a spiritual flair.
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs, Reader’s Favorite
When high school junior Drew finds himself in an unexpected conflict with his friends on the last day of school, he contemplates the existence of guardian angels, or higher powers that interfere with destiny. The Sink is a local hangout full of mystery, but never danger. The Sink is the meeting hole for young folks in town and that is where he, Daniel, Angie, Jane, and Robby go to begin the first day of summer vacation. Drew is already at odds with his mother because of his decision to spend money on a 1969 Fender Stratocaster guitar instead of paying the balance on his Guatemalan mission trip. He insists that his journey to Guatemala is in his plans and he assures her that he will be responsible for his debt in an attempt to ease her already concerned motherly mind. Drew’s life decisions are just not in line with her expectations of him at the moment. But Drew is content with his commitments and content with his friendships until he and Daniel conflict at The Sink. Neither of them had ever entertained the idea of inflicting bodily harm on one another. Was Drew destined to die at the hands of his friend? Was this his destiny?
Afternoon, a novella by Robert Lampros, introduces a different view of teenage conflicts faced today. Drew wants to maintain his friendships but he struggles with the existence of Jesus and his own faith responsibilities. The uncertainty of sharing his experience with friends and family reflects a common uncertainty in each teenager’s life decisions. It is refreshing to find YA fiction based on a religious/spiritual theme. Thank you, Robert Lampros, for publicizing this touchy subject for your young adult readers. Afternoon is a very readable, age-appropriate story that will surely appeal to those readers in need of acceptance.
Reviewed by Lora Palmer, Author
I immensely enjoyed Andrew’s journey through his junior year of high school, from paintball games with his family, to the stresses of his academics, a near-death experience that leaves him knowing he has more work to do on Earth for the Lord, his job at a local coffee shop/restaurant, and planning a mission trip over the summer after graduation. Yes, this guy has a lot on his plate, both emotionally and in terms of the demands of a busy student’s life, so I connected with him on that level and rooted for him to succeed at all of these challenges.
Through it all Andrew struggles with faith and questions of why he’s still alive. He also struggles to maintain his relationships with friends through the busy year—and faces the growing realization of his own role in the failure of his previous romance with the girl he loves, Jane. While they were dating, Andrew hadn’t shown how much he appreciated her, and so she distanced herself from him. Maybe, just maybe, he can get a second chance with her…
Afternoon is a feel-good, fun and quick read, laced with wit and humor, and I hope you check it out and enjoy it as much as I did.