Growth and Change are Highly Overrated

Growth and Change are Highly Overrated
By Tom Starita


Growth and Change Are Highly Overrated is a classic coming-of-age story that takes a unique and comic look at what we all fear— having to grow up and abandon our dreams.

For a charismatic man like Lucas James, life is a breeze because everyone else provides the wind. This man-child front man for a mediocre cover band has been mooching off of his fiancĂ©e Jackie for years until she finally decides she's had enough. Faced with the reality of having no income to support his carefree lifestyle, Lucas James abandons his principles and gets a job working in the stockroom at, “That Store.” How does he cope with this new found sense of responsibility?

He casually steals...

In a life spent bucking authority how will Lucas James deal with his manager, 'Victor the Dictator'? How long can he survive Ralph, a starry-eyed coworker who desires nothing more than to be best friends? Will Lori, a twenty-something cashier, be like everyone else and fall for his charms? Will he ever find a place to live? And is “growing up” just another way of saying “selling out?”

With this hilarious and engaging novel, author Tom Starita perfectly captures a character we have all met and perhaps some of us know all too well.

 This book was kindly sent to us by the author for an honest review

I told Lark to write their review so hopefully it will be up by the end of the day!

3ish/5 Stars

Ok so this book was entertaining to read. I mean it was funny and it felt very real/truthful which I think was one of the main things they were going for. See my problem here is I just didn't like the main character. Lucas was narcissistic and frankly just kind of annoying but that isn't even my main problem. He just kept going off on random thoughts and I just wanted to say just get to the point!!!! Also, the book was not the kind of story that is centered just around the plot. No no no it is centered around the main character and that is fine when you like the character and more important, you can understand or relate in some way to the character's decisions. I don't know if you were supposed to dislike him or something, but I just couldn't like him. I don't think that this is a bad book at all, I just couldn't relate to the character at all. Now I am sure there are a lot of people who would like Lucas, but I just didn't get him.... you know? I am not going to go into super detail about specific examples because I am really trying to keep this spoiler free, but I think that this book was extremely funny but I just couldn't root for the main character. 

4.5/5 Stars

Well, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I really wasn't expecting much, but this is almost on par with something I would pick out and read myself! I have no idea what Lily was talking about up there, but I actually thought the main character was hilarious. It was very much the reading equivalent of watching a comedy movie. He kept getting himself into wacky situations and it kept making me think: what is he going to do next? How is he going to get himself out of this one? Another strong point of this story was the well thought out backstory. The characters were all very developed and I loved the descriptions of them through Lucas's eyes. I really liked the story that he told where he met Jackie... aww. I loved the way the book was written as if it were a autobiography from the main character himself. It seemed that the whole story was well thought out and planned ahead of time. Even though this book was sent to us to review, I completely enjoyed reading it!

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