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Why Aren't You Smiling? By Alvin Orloff,

  • Title: Why Aren't You Smiling?
  • Author: Alvin Orloff
  • ISBN: 9781933149585
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Paperback
  • Growing up in the 1970s has never before been portrayed with such delightful ludicrousness and heartrending tenderness as in Why Aren t You Smiling When teenage Leonard decides to quit being a Dweeb and instead join the Burnouts, his good kid persona is abandoned as he embarks on a comically painful journey of self discovery through his unconventional friendship with RiGrowing up in the 1970s has never before been portrayed with such delightful ludicrousness and heartrending tenderness as in Why Aren t You Smiling When teenage Leonard decides to quit being a Dweeb and instead join the Burnouts, his good kid persona is abandoned as he embarks on a comically painful journey of self discovery through his unconventional friendship with Rick, an older Jesus freak barefoot hippie The farcical parallel story of how Irving Mandelbaum from Los Angeles transmogrifies into rag tag cult leader Rick of The Forever Family paints an indelible portrait of California during one of its most preposterous eras.
    Why Aren t You Smiling Growing up in the s has never before been portrayed with such delightful ludicrousness and heartrending tenderness as in Why Aren t You Smiling When teenage Leonard decides to quit being a Dweeb a

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    1. I must not be very sophisticated because farce is frequently heart warming to me in a very earnest way Or my heart is a farce or something I don t know Maybe because it s too over the top to be painfully heart breaking or stressful, so it s cozy reading that still addresses in this case, at least Matters of the Heart and Spirit Or because I like to be made fun of Anyhoo I enjoyed this and look forward to relaxing with of the author s books.I was a little put off by the middle chunk on Rick inte [...]

    2. One of the things I love about Orloff s writing is its personability is that even a word whatever When I finish one of his books, I have the urge to call him, to go have a coffee or tea and be his friend, Let me clarify here, I don t actually know this man , but his writing makes me feel like I do Which is not to say his books strike me as autobiographical who knows how much they are , only that there is an inherent sympathy in how they are written that I can t help but transfer to their author [...]

    3. loved this book tight, fast read with a bit of hilarity on every page the author s choice of words to describe the dorky protagonist s truth seeking journey is what makes it so damned good clever but not too clever sort of reminds me of that show freaks and geeks , the highly underrated showtime series s my little content synopsis that i wrote for god, love, and the meaning of life are repeatedly under fire when leonard, an earnest young goober, takes a brave leap from geekdom to stoner land fu [...]

    4. I want to say this was meh to this book but, then again, I stayed up all night reading it Sooo I had a big peeve with a supporting character, Jordy, who seemed to be completely based on Leslie Jordon Couldn t tell if that was the case, or maybe the author really did interact with Leslie Jordon back in the day Either way, I found it distracting.I enjoyed that this was a story teen spiritual angst, rather than a standard coming of age Since I was also seeking some kind of meaning in my early teens [...]

    5. This hilarious coming of age story has one of the most adorably geeky protagonists I ve ever read Utterly charming I listened to the audio book, and thought the narrator, Jake Lewis, did a great job.

    6. Such a delightful read, beautifully written The trials of dear Leonard show the strength gained by being the weird kid at school, the sometime stranger inside of a nuclear family, and a spiritual seeker bearing a map written in a foreign language.

    7. Finally read this one, I had to wait until I was away from the bustle of home Love it, it s funny, witty, and shows what tards we can all be without making mincemeat of us humanity, that is Bravo

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