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Tales of the Madman Underground

Barnes, John, 1957-

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Tales of the Madman Underground
In September 1973, as the school year begins in his depressed Ohio town, high-school senior Kurt Shoemaker determines to be "normal," despite his chaotic home life with his volatile, alcoholic mother and the deep loyalty and affection he has for his friends in the therapy group dubbed the Madman Underground.
Publisher: New York : Speak, 2011
ISBN: 0142417025
Branch Call Number: FIC B
Characteristics: 532 p. ; 21 cm.


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Apr 24, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tales of the Madman Underground is not the feel-good read of this or any other year, and yet I am completely enchanted with its accuracy of teenage desperation. It fills me with hope to see how author John Barnes has so succinctly summed up the powerlessness and determination of youth.

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Dec 10, 2012
  • hanstra rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

SO powerful. Really combined a lot of issues and topics very nicely- home life, the 70's, school, work, friendship, emotional issues- EVERTHING, really. Sweet and bitter and funny and sad all mixed together, which made it a rare and perfect "real" story. Just amazing. Certainly have to check out the author's other books now.

PS- would recommend "Please Ignore Vera Dietz" if you liked this book.

Tales of the Madman Underground
By John Barnes
-Emily H, 15


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