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ISBN:1440464359
Author: Joe Perrone Jr.
ISBN13: 978-1440464355
Title: Escaping Innocence: A Story Of Awakening
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Language: English
Category: Genre Fiction
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 30, 2008)
Pages: 376

Escaping Innocence: A Story Of Awakening by Joe Perrone Jr.



by. Joe Perrone Jr. (Goodreads Author). David Justin, an Italian-Catholic, height-challenged youth, desperately trying to escape the bonds of sexual repression and adolescent innocence that hold him captive-in the '60s.

It is a novel that I enjoyed immensely and this is coming from a female! Perrone is a gifted writer and his work is easy to get into and flowed with ease. Joe Perrone's writing style is very inviting and engaging. The humour of this book is definitely a bonus. The real emotions that are conveyed through the main character, David Justin, are extremely well and brightly written. The innocence, combined with the open experience of David Justin, were brilliantly written by Joe Perrone, and I believe truly conveyed the average North American teen culture of the 60's, as portrayed in news reels, movies, and memories of those who lived the 60's as teens or young adults.

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A Story of Awakening. By: Joe Perrone Jr. Narrated by: Gary Kohler. It's a funny, irreverent recounting of David's adventures in high school and beyond, as he pursues the one thing that almost every male of his age thinks about: getting a member of the opposite sex into bed.

Author Joe Perrone Jr. has written the definitive 'coming-of-age' novel, with hare-brained characters like those we all knew in our youth.

Joe Perrone Jr worked as a sportswriter for the Passaic-Clifton, NJ, Herald News, as well as a freelance advertising copywriter. In 2012, Opening Day was awarded a prestigious Indie . In 1997, he co-authored (with Manny Luftglass) Gone Fishin' with Kids (How to Take Your Kid Fishing and.

Joe Perrone Jr. I was a sportswriter for the Passaic-Clifton, NJ, Herald News, as well as a freelance advertising copywriter. In addition, I co-authored (with Manny Luftglass)Gone Fishin’ with Kids (How to Take Your Kid Fishing and Still be Friends)and recently publishedA Real Man’s Guide to Divorce (First, you bend over an.

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Reviews: 7
Shan
Enjoyable take of growing up in the 50s and 60s
Pruster
I just finished reading this book. I liked it A LOT. All of the characters were interesting, and the situations were easy to believe. I enjoyed this book -- read it, you won't be sorry. Thanks, Joe Perrone.
Wohald
Couldn't finish this book. I think young men may enjoy this coming of age story of a boy, but as an older woman it did not hold my interest.
Kriau
This book might be better appreciated by males who grew up in the 1960s on the east coast. It takes place in New Jersey and was interesting to me because my husband is from NJ and lived near the shore. The language is raw and gets tedious, but the main character was intersting. Maybe dated for today's young people.

I bought this book via the kindle store on Amazon.com.
Kesalard
item was purchased for my son for college. it was in perfect condition and it came in a timely fashion.
Kalrajas
Escaping Innocence (A Story of Awakening) Follows David Justin from early puberty to early manhood set in the backdrop of the early 1960's, a time that holds a special place in the hearts of us old coots. It's a funny, irreverent recounting of David's adventures in high school and beyond, as he pursues the one thing that almost every male of his age thinks about: getting a member of the opposite sex into bed. Along the way, we get to peek into David's struggles as tries to figure out relationships with his friends and, even more importantly, what it is he really wants to do with life. It touches on some of the important events that helped to define the sixties: the civil rights movement and the war in Vietnam, in particular. Somewhat surprisingly, there is no reference to the Kennedy assassination, but that is probably fine. The tone throughout is too light-hearted to get bogged down in that tragedy.

For those of us who lived through the sixties, this book will bring back many memories, most of them good. For those too young to have lived in that timeframe, or those who were too young to really remember it, it does a good job of capturing what it was like to be a young person during that time. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Cae
Written by Joe Perrone, Jr., Escaping Innocence is the story of Dave, a high school graduate who is going through the growing pains associated with the flow of testosterone while in the presence of the opposite sex at times combined with the liberal imbibing of alcohol. It is a novel that I enjoyed immensely and this is coming from a female!

Perrone is a gifted writer and his work is easy to get into and flowed with ease. I could see myself floating down a lazy river reading the novel on my Kindle. It was something I looked forward to reading at the end of the day. A bone to pick is the use of the word giggle as it applied to Dave. If the character were eight, then it might be appropriate. Not for a high school graduate that uses his noggin a fair percentage of the time.

Escaping Innocence is also the story of learning to feel and what that means for a male--in other words, machismo is not always required, or even suggested. Things happen that trigger emotions. In my line of work, and once on the day this review was written, people needlessly inflict terrible consequences on themselves, and others, because they react without thinking.

The scenes that could have been developed was: the death of his friend and Dave's emotional response to that, Dave's decision at the end regarding school, and what made Loretta's parents like, and trust, Dave.

Escaping Innocence could be the next American Pie, though much better because there the story line speaks from experience.
Another book by Perrone now sits on my 'top shelf'. I consider this work to be a 'mini' Forest Gump. First of all, it's a page-turner and contains considerable humor, seasoning each adventure. The dialogue is perfect and realistic to the times. (I lived in them.) But most importantly, Perrone has not only penned an interesting memoir, he goes deeper into several of the characters' lives who appear during appointed segments within his life. From the beginning, Craig, becomes a representative of a completely different life from David's. Yes, for a short time, they walk the same path, but do to a bad home life, Craig is faced with decisions unlike David's. However, they remain best friends. The reader will have a Craig in their life. Perrone skillfully shows his friend's life in comparison to his own throughout the story, which in my opinion, plays a major role in David's life, especially at the end.
Perrone mentions so many products, music, and 'in things' of the 60's that this reader has been associated with, and enjoyed hearing others did also. A rewarding walk down memory lane. 'Thank you, Joe.'
Although Perrone was five years ahead of me, we have a lot in common. He was born in Richmond, VA - I was born in Norfolk, VA. He loves fishing - I do too. We both began writing novels the same year. He now lives in N. Carolina - I live in VA. (2 miles from the Carolina line on the coast) but consider the Carolinas great states. And, we share many of the adventures detailed in this wonderful story. In fact, a few years ago, I met Joe (not in person) because of this story. I read a sample and quickly realized his style, pace, and humor was first class. Since then, I've read his first two novels and highly recommend them. His latest novel 'Twice Bitten' is sitting on my desk, and because I know once you pick up his work, you'll not put it down until it's finished, I plan to wait until I have a full, free day to devote to reading it.
So, I conclude this review by saying, "Well done, Joe! I enjoyed the story and the stroll into those wonderful, exciting years we will never forget. Sandy high-fives, bro. Keep smilin'..."
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