Summer of '69

Summer of '69 Review

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?

Title:Summer of '69
Edition Language:English

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  • Ms. Yingling

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books CentralLucas' summer is ruined when his girlfriend Robin decides to be a camp counselor some distance from their Long Island home. He's doing some work for one of his...

  • Marshall Green

    Wow, just finished the ARC (Thanks, Candlewick!) last night around 1 am. This is a page-turner for sure. Not sure it's really YA material, but what a ride. I guess I should say, what a trip since that...

  • Sam Bough

    first there was Cheech an d Chong, then Dazed and Confused, Dude, where's my car, the big Lebowski, Seth Rogan ... and now, introducing Sir Lucas Baker of the Round Table(t) lol!...

  • Ilona

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Summer of '69 by Todd Strasser. I've read and reviewed this copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The Summer of '69 is a story about Lucas ...

  • Amber

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from LibraryThing Early Reviewers and Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my revi...

  • Sandy

    I received this ARC from Candlewick Press with the agreement that I would write a candid and unbiased review. This is, indeed, a very candid overview!Todd Strasser’s story of a summer during the hip...

  • Britt

    *I got this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*Anyone who knows me knows that I adore history, and that the 1950s and 1960s are my favorite era to study. While I wholeheartedly ...

  • Stacey

    This book is different than any YA book I've read. This is a semi-autobiographical account of the author's youth which is likely why the book genuinely feels so lates 60s- early 70's. Everything from ...

  • Mrs. Kenyon

    Lucas’ plans for the summer are simple: hang out with friends, smoke some weed and take some pills along the way. His plans go off track when he finds out that he did not get into college. He is now...

  • Nkisha

    *I received an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley from Candlewick Press publisher*This book was wrote to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival which the author attended. The a...