Sucktown, Alaska by Craig Dirkes is an incredible young adult novel that follows the main character Eddie as he explores the ups and downs of becoming a man in a rural Alaskan Village. Eddie failed his first semester in college and is trying to redeem himself by taking a journalism job in a Kusko, Alaska. Kusko is one of many small bush villages. Dirkes does a wonderful job describing the life and hardships that accompany being out in the bush. This story tells of making mistakes and learning from those mistakes. When Eddie misses up he realizes that he could lose his chance at love with Taylor, a girl he met while interviewing for the paper. She is smart and as no time for trouble while she achieves her goals in life. Taylor being head strong helps Eddie see the way on the right side of the law. I feel this novel is a good read for anyone who likes to see the underdog win. ** I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**
(from amazon.com) Sucktown, Suckington, Suckfield, Suckingham, Suckland, Suckmont, Suck Francisco. By any other name Kusko, Alaska, would still smell like human sweat, moose stew, and dog poop. But Eddie Ashford can t be choosy after partying his way out of college in one semester s time. He lands a job in tiny Kusko, a bush town located in the heart of unromantic Alaska, he s warned. Eddie intends to straighten out his act and make good on a promise to stay for a year, but soon he s indebted to his employer, overworked, and underpaid. He s also spurned by the almost-perfect girl, frustrated, and bored. He finds himself caught in a dilemma: do the right thing, work hard, and stick it out in Kusko or take a chance, smuggle some goods for the local pot dealer, and pile up the cash to pay his way out of Suckramento?
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