Did the song just pop into anyone’s heads? Cause I have a feeling I’m going to be hearing it for the rest of the day now that I’ve seen this book. Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser is somewhat of a memoir, featuring themes from the author’s teen years in a fictional format. And it’s all about Woodstock. Of course, this ultimately means that the book probably isn’t really for me all that much as I’m not really intrigued by any of it. Also, I’m not a fan of the “other girl makes it hard for him to be faithful” trope. But I do imagine there are a number of you who might love this book.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and the remarkable summer that led up to it. Featuring Sir Lucas of the Round Table(t). Astonishingly autobiographical. Remarkably personal. Profoundly irresponsible.
Drawing from his teenage years, Todd Strasser’s novel revisits a tumultuous era and takes readers on a psychedelically tinged trip of a lifetime.
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. If that isn’t heavy enough, there’s also the free-loving (and undeniably alluring) Tinsley, who seems determined to test Lucas’s resolve to stay faithful to Robin; a frighteningly bad trip at a Led Zeppelin concert; a run-in with an angry motorcycle gang; parents who appear headed for a divorce; and a friend on the front lines in ‘Nam who’s in mortal danger of not making it back. As the pressures grow, it’s not long before Lucas finds himself knocked so far down, it’s starting to look like up to him. When tuning in, turning on, and dropping out is no longer enough, what else is there?
So, tell me here; what are your thoughts on Summer of ’69? Do you think you’ll be adding it to your TBR? Do you think it’s a book that you probably won’t read? Is there anything about it that really stands out to you? Let me know what you think in the comments below! Happy reading, everyone!