Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Book Review: "Five High School Dialogues" by Ian Thomas Malone

Today I am sharing my review of "Five High School Dialogues" by Ian Thomas Malone. I think the book cover is a fun, attention-getting illustration with bright colors that perfectly matches the vibe of the stories within its pages.

This book is a 253 page journey across a wide spectrum of experiences known as the high school years. It is the third installment in his series, “The Dialogues”. The first two installments are "Five College Dialogues" and "Five More College Dialogues".

Within these five dialogues, I feel the author has done a wonderful job of bringing to life for the reader a wide spectrum of high school personality types and experiences. My perspective as the reader is as an adult reminiscing about my own high school years as I read the pages and I highly recommend this read for an age range of high school through adult readers for this reason. High school students in this generation will be able to relate to this book on a level that encompasses the feelings and experiences they encounter in this day and age, along with the technology and other advances they are familiar with. Adult readers will recognize the universal themes of youth which draws the reader to recall your own experience, as it very much did me. The "modern" technological advances referenced in the book of our social media age create a discussion point for the adult reader to say, "When I was in high school, we didn't have that.", words my own mother said to me at the time, and that brought a smile to my face.      

My favorite dialogue involves the high school rite of passage known as "group work" assignments, which invoked much laughter to me as I recalled some of the dreaded high school assignments involving relaying on others in your group to accomplish for what would be a team grade, which also did a great job showcased the wide spectrum of personalities encountered with high school youth.

About the author:

Ian Thomas Malone is an author and a yogi from Greenwich, CT. He is a graduate of Boston College, where he founded The Rock at Boston College. He is the grandson of noted Sherlockian scholar Colonel John Linsenmeyer. Ian has published thousands of articles on diverse subjects such as popular culture, baseball, and social commentary. His favorite things to post on social media are pictures of his golden retriever Georgie and his collection of stuffed animals. Ian believes firmly that “there’s more to life than books you know, but not much more,” a quote from his hero Morrissey. When he’s not reading, writing, or teaching yoga, he can probably be found in a pool playing water polo. He aspires to move to the Hundred Acre Wood someday, though he hopes it has wi-fi by then.

You can find out more about the book and a link for purchasing a copy here.

You can find out more about this author and his books by visiting his website .  
His novel "Courting Mrs. McCarthy" (Limitless Publishing) will be available June 9th from all major booksellers. 

I was provided an electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.

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