Posted on August 4, 2009. Filed under: 1 |

Labor DayLabor Day by Joyce Maynard is a story that reminds one of Stand By Me. It is narrated by 13-year-old Henry and takes us through his adulthood while mainly focusing on Labor Day weekend 1987. The story revolves around Henry, his mother, Adele, and a stranger called Frank. The interaction between these three is all the more meaningful for mostly being compressed into one Labor Day weekend.

I like wondering what I would do if Henry’s situation had occurred to me. What at first seems unbelievable gradually becomes a matter of course, so that you are left thinking when did I start believing in this story and even rooting for Henry and his mother. This story is at turns, strange, sad, scary, and even romantic.

For a satisfying conclusion to a summer of reading, this story can’t miss the mark. This story will take hold of you and set you down with a lump in your throat. I am quite glad I started this book and let it wash over me. I highly recommend Labor Day as a good use of reading time.


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