*I was sent this book, Adam’s Journal, for free so I could read it and create this review. All opinions are my own.*
The first page is a little confusing, as it takes a bit of reading to figure out who’s the person and who’s the journal persona. Or, at least I thought so! It begins as a conversation between the two identities with an unclear narrative – but then it settles in to an routine that is much more clear.
Adam is sixteen years old when this story begins. He’s an insecure boy trying to find his way in life. He is also a fantastic runner – he uses exercise as a coping mechanism when life gets a bit overwhelming. The book follows Adam as he learns to find himself, while valiantly trying to find a potential mate.
Using the journal as a sounding board is a great writing tool. It really allows the reader to get inside Adam’s head. And that is exactly how this book reads. Adam’s Journal really explores an introverted young man who’s trying so hard to fit in and be loved.
E. C. Flickinger has also painted Adam as a poet. Through some of his adolescent poetry you learn more of Adam’s thoughts and feelings. Plus, Adam uses some of his poetry skill while trying to charm a lady or two!
I enjoyed this story. I also identified with Adam’s character. At sixteen I was not very self-assured myself – and I had no luck “finding a mate” at all. In fact, I cringe a little thinking back to my own teenage years. I truly had no idea what life was about back then. I think that’s why I liked this book. Adam’s Journal has some truth in it. Especially relateable if you were an introverted teenager yourself!
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