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❶The Paperboy is a novel published by American author Pete Dexter. The third person is a boy Little Man calls TVBoy because he is always staring at the television's picture but with no sound.

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Award-winning coming-of-age book teaches empathy, bravery. Vince Vawter Coming of Age Sign in or join to save for later. Based on 1 review. Get it now Searching for streaming and purchasing options Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. Get it now on Searching for streaming and purchasing options A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book. Adults drink, and one character is an alcoholic. Characters smoke, and a woman chews tobacco.

Continue reading Show less. Stay up to date on new reviews. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. User Reviews Parents say Kids say. He learns many life lessons during his temporary job as a paperboy set Kid, 12 years old April 14, Is it any good? Talk to your kids about How is this a coming-of-age story?

Would it be different today? Coming of Age Topics: Delacorte Press Publication date: May 13, Publisher's recommended age s: Audiobook unabridged , Hardback, iBooks, Kindle Awards: Great Boy Role Models. For kids who love books that have won prizes. Suffice to say I wouldn't read this again, but I would definitely watch the film, to see if it could give me some explanation for the blanks I couldn't fill in myself. Dec 09, Sockmonkey rated it liked it Recommends it for: I picked this book up because a blurb on another book I read compared the two.

I went in with no expectations and came out with It's a good read but I'd be hard pressed to tell you why that is. I didn't particularly identify with any of the characters and there's really no big reveal at the end. But having said all that I still think it's definitely worth taking a look at. Pick it up if you can find it used.

Maybe then you can tell me why it was good. May 01, Stephanie Karaolis rated it did not like it. I had no idea what The Paperboy was about before reading — I knew it was recently made into a film but had no preconceptions.

I was surprised by the beginning, which tells of a county sheriff found murdered and the man from the notorious Van Wetter family on death row as a result. So it got off to an interesting enough start, if a little meandering. This sounds like it holds the promise of a fast-paced, intriguing story, no? Jack James is not really a paperboy; he drives delivery trucks for his father who does own a small, local paper and has no particular grand plan for his life.

His brother Ward is building his reputation as a reporter in Miami, working in partnership with another ambitious young man called Yardley Acheman.

Presumably, each member of this group is meant to be enigmatic and interesting; I just found them all incredibly frustrating at best. Ward is focused and thorough, making him an excellent investigative reporter, but is also brooding and uncommunicative. Jack is rather self-pitying, constantly suggesting that his father is prouder of and closer to Ward than to him without actually doing anything himself to improve the relationship.

Charlotte is manipulative and flaky, and Yardley is apparently entirely without morals. The other major problem with The Paperboy is that nothing happens. Each day merges into the next, as does each evening. The same conversations are had over and over again. I am inclined to give Pete Dexter the benefit of the doubt, as I think he is technically a very talented writer, and suggest that this is deliberate: In its favour, The Paperboy conjures up a particular time and place vividly.

It explores the prejudices that characterise that time and place, and provides characters and situations that could provoke a lot of discussion and debate, since nothing is neatly tied up and explained. If you enjoy long and lingering atmospheric descriptions, and books that are more portraits of unusual characters rather than forward-moving stories, this could be the book for you.

Feb 27, Kenneth P. This is a riveting if disturbing novel that takes place in North Florida in the late 's. North Florida has it all, the beautiful beaches of St. Augustine, the gator-rich St. John's River that is home to numerous colorful, if inbred, swamp families; it has the State Penitentiary in the town of Starke that harbors the infamous electric chair known as "Old Sparky. With too many sp This is a riveting if disturbing novel that takes place in North Florida in the late 's.

With too many sparks and too much smoke, incapable of the quick fix, Sparky was eventually put to pasture. But in this book the old throne has a date with Hillary Van Wetter who was convicted of murdering the local sheriff. It does not matter that the sheriff murdered 16 black men in his tenure. He murdered a single white dude and that became his undoing. But Hillary Van Wetter, a violent, sociopathic swamp-donkey may very well be innocent.

This sets the table for Pete Dexter's story. When a pair of award-winning journalists arrive from Miami, the conflict begins. The term "paperboy" refers to anyone in the newspaper business-- delivery boys, writers, editors, owners. The paperboys seek to spring Van Wetter, not because they care about him, or about justice, but because it will be a big story that can win fame and prizes. This becomes a wonderful, if cynical, look into the newspaper business.

The narration of the story, for me, made this a page-turner. The story is told by the 19 year old younger brother of Ward James, one of the writers seeking to expose the corruption that imprisoned an innocent man.

The James family are newspaper people from top to bottom. The Van Wetter family are swamp people, gater-harvesters, from top to bottom. Eventually the conflict becomes family vs. Within the rich array of characters linger quiet, subterranean sexual longings that erupt into unspeakable violence. This is not for the faint of heart. There are a couple of scenes in which half naked swamp people, genitals dangling, slobber ice cream with hilarious abandon.

But they are scary, even as you chuckle. It's a tragic book but I couldn't put it down. While I prefer books that are dialogue-driven, this seemed heavy on the exposition.

But it never slowed me down, probably because the narration was spot on. And there is a moral to this story: Sep 30, Jim rated it really liked it. This novel is a spare, gritty depiction of the unpleasant nature of journalism and the depths of immorality to which some of its practitioners will sink in an effort to win recognition.

He tells the story of Thurmond Call, a local sheriff who was murdered in cold blood on a dark country road. He tells the story of Hillar This novel is a spare, gritty depiction of the unpleasant nature of journalism and the depths of immorality to which some of its practitioners will sink in an effort to win recognition. Pete Dexter is such a masterful writer that all of these stories become one complex narrative web—the most minor tug on one strand of the narrative yields distinct and incontrovertible effects on all of the other strands.

Rarely has such spare prose resulted in such stylistic power—Dexter is a writer who knows well how to tell a story. Dec 07, Nancy rated it really liked it.

This was the feel. The author is masterful in his pacing of this novel which adds to the suspense, the unfolding and consequently the haunting I felt throughout. Investigative journalism leads to a controversial article and thus alters the life of its authors and their families. Fantastic descriptions of southern Florida, conflicted familial relations, swamp living, newspaper journalism and the fragile human psyche. Dexter leaves you deciding a few things for yourself.

Mar 03, Kaarin rated it it was amazing. I savored every word. The writing is haunting, and I agree with Adam about the final sentence of the book. There are many "final sentences" in this work. I'll be reading more by Dexter. Aug 18, Chris Jao rated it really liked it. To be honest, I kind of hated this book and loved it at the same time. The blurb offers the readers a whole different story from what the book is actually about.

I mean, It does have the 'Story' but the main issue isn't about it at all. It's more on the side of journalism than the story itself. Which I did end up liking eventually. I'm giving it 4 out of 5 star only because I wanted more out of it.

There were characters I loved and hated. And characters that I thought were bland and needed comple To be honest, I kind of hated this book and loved it at the same time. And characters that I thought were bland and needed complexity. The unanswered issues left a stale taste in my mouth that right after reading the last page, I almost throw the book across the room. But books are precious.

So, I did not. Also, I loved the Narration. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is one of those cases when you want to write the review as soon as you finish reading the book before you get too far away from it to make any sense of it. It's just tragic and written like a real Southern novel - so don't read the Goodreads description of the book jacket and watch the movie and ruin your reading of the book.

Moat County, where we find our newspaper men setting up shop, pursuing their investigation into the murkily recorded events surrounding the brutal death of the sheriff This is one of those cases when you want to write the review as soon as you finish reading the book before you get too far away from it to make any sense of it.

All of this is in there, but it's more than a metaphor and more than an archetype. I'm sure Kidman plays up the Southerner cliche but I can see it. Zack Efron as the narrator Jack, the lesser son of Moat County's editor in chief I could see that working out. This also would have been perfectly cast. So I finish the novel with these three characters in my head. And I can hear their voices through Dexter's [the author's] words. But apparently, I was wrong, and I'm mad bc this book is being sold as something it's not and yet I can't articulate at all WHAT it is.

If you are squeamish about sexual content written from a 20 yr old's POV then you will struggle with this book. You are asked to squirm - it's kind of the author's thing to make you believe in a crassness or a cruelty that is eventually wielded by the Inbreds, the Influenced and the Insignificants alike.

The Paperboy is dirty and wicked and sad in a way that if someone tried to tell me that the author made all of it up, I'm not sure I would believe them. Jan 26, Phil rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed it There was also that first-person-narrator-is-looking-WAY-back-in-time thing going on IE, we see the narrator as his younger self, but get the feeling that he's older and wiser as he narrates, while still in that shadowy place that the darker story exhibits. T I really enjoyed it The novel has a special, knowing foreboding.

Never overtly frightening, but you're constantly waiting for the loud bang. Tense while the lights are on, you might say. I like the rural Florida details a lot, the small town newspaper vibe, the father and sons, brother-and-brother solitude the kind of solitude that men in the 60s seemingly always had The questions, the mystery, moved nicely, a quick pace, while things still seemed slow, impatient, an un-patterned and unrecognizable stillness to the pace.

I hear the movie was terrible -- and after reading some of the many changes, I understand why. Feb 05, Chana rated it liked it Shelves: A sad and disturbing family tale. The father is a newspaper man, his son Ward is a newspaper reporter, his second son Jack is a swimmer and drives a delivery truck for his father's newspaper. Victor tells Mam he's learned that what he says is more important than how he says it and that his soul doesn't stutter. Rob Buyea , author of Because of Mr. Terupt Falls Again states Paperboy is "An unforgettable boy and his unforgettable story.

Well written, compelling, and plenty of fresh, fascinating characters. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Random Acts of Reading. Retrieved from " https: Pages to import images to Wikidata.

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Paperboy has 8, ratings and 1, reviews. Nan said: I will preface my review with the fact that the author is my first cousin. As the story is semi-a /5.

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Award-winning coming-of-age book teaches empathy, bravery. Read Common Sense Media's Paperboy review, age rating, and parents guide. Paperboy is an award winning novel by Vince Vawter. In this book, a young boy with a stutter takes over his friend Rat’s paper route while Rat is visiting his grandparents. The young boy struggles with his stutter to such a degree that he is frightened for Friday, collection day, to come around.

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Vince Vawter won a Newbery Honor with his first novel, Paperboy, in Buy Paperboy. Paperboy Trailer. Awards and Achievements • A Newbery Honor Award Winner • An ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book • An IRA Children’s and Young Adults’ Choice • An . The Paperboy is a novel published by American author Pete Dexter. Plot summary. Hillary Van Wetter has been jailed for the murder of an unscrupulous local sheriff, Thurmond Call. Call had previously stomped Wetter's handcuffed cousin to death.