GENRES: Young adult humor, young adult LGBTQ, young adult fantasy
SYNOPSIS: Quinton Wyatt's summer break before high school should be nothing but wall-to-wall fun. Instead, his best friend has stopped talking to him; his fiendish older sister has filled his head with tales of a sadistic high school ritual called "The Freshman Stomp"; and his divorced father has started dating the city's most notorious barfly. Maybe a robot rabbit and a boy from his past can help salvage Quinton's vacation and launch him into the difficult — but often hilarious — world of young adulthood.
CUSTOMER RATING: 4.6 / 5 stars (Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads) | RECOMMENDED AGES: 14+ | PAGE COUNT: 201
Reader Comments, Photos and Questions:
"The summer before Quinton's summer first year at high school is full of twists and turns, real and imaginary, from robotic rabbits, dread of being crushed by the Freshman Stomp, realizing his best friend isn't one at all, and falling for someone from his past. Told through Quinton's humorous lens to the world make this coming of age story a joy to read. Once again, author Marsh Myers creates a main character you want to hang out with and miss after the book ends."
-Ruth A. Musgrave, author of Mission Shark Rescue, National Geographic Kids
Brooke M.: Where does this book take place? I see a lot of cacti on your webpage so I was just curious. Thanks.
Marsh: The book is set during the summer of 1977 in Tucson, Arizona.
Trey (Goodreads reader): I have read a few of Marsh‘s books and I think I like this one best. Funny and a little nostalgic it’s a simple charming story and an easy read. Something we can all relate to, anxiety about starting high school and falling in love.
Tad (Goodreads reader): Love the cover. Is this book sci fi? No spoilers pleas, just wondering?
Marsh: No, not really sci fi despite the robots. More of a magical realism thing. Hope you enjoy!
Chris and Michael S., Maureen F.: Getting caught up on the latest Myers classic this Holiday season. #mysummerwithrobots #instantclassic
Tracy C.: I got mine. You got yours? Marsh Myers... I'd like this autographed, please.
Marsh: It'll be my pleasure, Tracy!
Kiera: Look what arrived today from Amazon! Can't wait to break it open!
Marsh: Wonderful, Kiera! I hope you enjoy it thoroughly!
Enno Karis (Goodreads reader): Going into this book I wasn't sure what to expect. was it sci fi (as the cover might suggest?), was it a coming of age story (as the blurb on the back suggested?), what is an amalgam of things? Turns out it was...... and delightfully so! I think if I had to categorize it first and foremost it's a comedy about a teen who's summer isn't living up to its potential and this is forcing him to engage in a little self-reflection about who he is and how he's treated other.s That sounds pretty basic but the characterizations are deep and memorable. The narrator is a gem! This is a great book and I hope more people are reading it!!!
Ann K.: Just finished your free downloaded chapter and omg, every sentence pulled me in. Wow Marsh. Don’t forget me when you’re famous!
Marsh: Thank you so much, Ann! I hope you enjoy the rest of the book as much!
Melany (Goodreads reader): When will the sequels due out?
Marsh: Hey, Melany... Thank you for your question and your review. I am currently working in the sequel (as yet unnamed) right now, but realistically we're probably looking at 2 years before it's ready for publication. I will be posting updates here and on my personal website.
Katherine B. (Goodreads reader): Second book I've read by this author and it was a departure from the first MEN IN THE TREES, more of a memoir with some fantastical elements and quite funny. The story takes place in the last 70s where the protag (Quinten) is growing up in Tucson AZ. Told over the series of a few weeks, Quinten loses his best friend and reuintes with a boy who had a crush on him in the 6th grade , causing him to realize he was crushing hard back. This is apparently the first book in a series so I'll definitely look forward to the others!
jackmoore (Barnes & Nobel reader): Second book I've read by this author and it was a departure from the first MEN IN THE TREES, more of a memoir with some fantastical elements and quite funny. The story takes place in the last 70s where the protag (Quinten) is growing up in Tucson AZ. Told over the series of a few weeks, Quinten loses his best friend and reuintes with a boy who had a crush on him in the 6th grade , causing him to realize he was crushing hard back. This is apparently the first book in a series so I'll definitely look forward to the others!
Caden P. (Goodreads reader): When did you fall in love for the very first time? For Quint it was in 6th grade and he didn't even know it. His scheming friend Monkey (not his real name) conspired to kill the friendship between Quint and TJ by spreading gay rumors. It worked but 2 yrs later Quint is regretting it and rethinking his friendship with Money too. What follows is a pretty hilarious look at being a gay teen in the 1970s and growing up in the suburbs of Arizona. Highly recommended.
Doug: Got my teen son two of your titles for Christmas! He's so excited to get started on them!
Marsh: Thanks for this wonderful share, Doug. I really hope your son enjoys the books. Let me know how he likes them!
Amazon reader: Loved it! this coming of age story is both cute and witty. the characters are deep and complex and i think this is a very under rated book.