Fun & Games

Fun Games The s it s the time of Dungeons Dragons banana clips and Atari Jonathan Schwartz is growing up in a family like no other His sisters Nadia the dark genius and Olivia the gorgeous tease and

  • Title: Fun & Games
  • Author: David Michael Slater
  • ISBN: 9780692779088
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Paperback
  • The 1980 s it s the time of Dungeons Dragons, banana clips, and Atari Jonathan Schwartz is growing up in a family like no other His sisters, Nadia, the dark genius, and Olivia, the gorgeous tease and temptress, manipulate Jon and his friends for their own entertainment And his Holocaust survivor grandparents Their coping techniques are beyond embarrassing A disThe 1980 s it s the time of Dungeons Dragons, banana clips, and Atari Jonathan Schwartz is growing up in a family like no other His sisters, Nadia, the dark genius, and Olivia, the gorgeous tease and temptress, manipulate Jon and his friends for their own entertainment And his Holocaust survivor grandparents Their coping techniques are beyond embarrassing A disastrous visit to Jon s class by his grandmother unhinges his famous father, setting off a chain of events that threatens to send the dysfunctional Schwartz clan up in flames once and for all Fun Games is a heartbreaking and hilarious story of faith, family secrets, betrayal, and loss but it s also a tale of friendship, love, and side splitting shenanigans.

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    • Whispering Stories says:

      The newest book of David Michael Slater tells us the story about a Jewish family named Schwartz from Pittsburgh and is placed in the early 80s.Jonathan Schwartz, the main character, is 14 and the youngest of three children of Deane and Michael. Besides being part of the weirdest family tree I have ever heard of, Jonathan has quite difficult relationships with his two sisters Olivia and Nadia. Therefore he spends most of the time competing with his three friends Jake, Cory and Milo in their self- [...]

    • Mike Siedschlag says:

      I received an ecopy of Fun & Games from author David Michael Slater.Fun & Games starts out as a slice of one man's family, or in this case, one boy's. We have an evil genius sister, a hot sister who knows how to put her looks to use, a writer father trying to not be Jewish, a mother trying to preserve Jewish tradition, holocaust survivor grandparents, and of course our hero Jon, trying and often failing, to keep up with it all.His group of friends are the usual mix of teenage boys fixate [...]

    • Ann says:

      I really enjoyed this story of a teenager growing up in Pittsburgh in the '80s. I found it to be really hilarious at times, but then all of a sudden it would catch me by surprise with plot twists that were quite poignant and sad. It also prompted me to think a lot about identity and what it means to really know and understand others. I'm a big fan of David Sedaris, and this book definitely reminded me of Sedaris's work.

    • Jackie says:

      Book InfoProduct DetailsPaperback: 226 pagesPublisher: Library Tales Publishing, Incorporated (May 6, 2013)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0615774156ISBN-13: 978-0615774152Source:Ebook ARC copy from author in exchange for honest reviewBook Buy LinksB&NBOOK SYNOPSISThe 1980’s: it’s the time of Dungeons & Dragons, banana clips, and Atari. Jonathan Schwartz is growing up in a family like no other. His sisters, Nadia, the dark genius, and Olivia, the gorgeous tease and temptress, manipulate Jo [...]

    • Rabid Readers Reviews says:

      There is a subtle intelligence behind Fun & Games. The undertones of meaning don’t smack a reader in the face instead whispering between the lines in scenes. Religion is a prevailing theme. Jonathan’s father is very much anti-religion and his influence is strong in the family. He respects those who believe but he does not share their beliefs. The story could easily come off as a sermon against organized religion but instead urges a reader to think for himself or herself and come to their [...]

    • The Styling Librarian says:

      Fun and Games by David Michael Slater - Realistic Fiction - Adult - Really, this is an adult book. I'm enjoying the humor and various disasters that Jon deals with from one crisis to another. There were many scenes that made me laugh aloud and then additionally many scenes and incidences that just broke my heart. There's no break for Jon in this book, even when he's going through days of his life a little clueless, his actions are impacting others in ways that are unknown until too late. I was r [...]

    • Jessica Bronder says:

      On the surface, this is a story about Jonathan Schwartz and growing up in the 80’s. We start with him playing Dungeons & Dragons with his friends while working on a Purity Test. We follow along as Jon deals with daily issues of growing up, getting into trouble with his friends, and going through High School. He is also part of an interesting family. His grandparents survived the Nazi Occupation and have their own way of coping. His father doesn’t believe in Good. And simply family outing [...]

    • Jacci says:

      I have very mixed feeling about this book. I love, love, love David Michael Slater and especially his young adult fiction, but this book was confusing. I really enjoyed the first half as he wrote about teenage boys with humor and accuracy. Then when the boys got older it got complicated and confusing. I kind of wish that this book was a series: The younger years, the college years and life after. I think it would have been fantastic that way and would have gladly read the sequels. All that being [...]

    • Cyndi says:

      Still thinking about my rating. I kind of agree with Jacci's review below. Although there were certainly underlying themes that went through the book, this felt like something I wanted to read in multiple volumes with maybe as much time spent on other segments as in the one school year. Some arcs felt rushed.This book had a very "This is Where I Leave You" vibe of darkly funny family dysfunction. I think fans of that book will enjoy this. I think I'm just troubled by the (telegraphed but still j [...]

    • WiLoveBooks says:

      Starts out as a story about a Jewish teenager growing up in the 80's. He has a dysfunctional family, and great friends who talk him into crazy things. The story becomes so much more than that. At times funny, surprising, and sad. I loved how all the details came together in the end. Ultimately this makes you think. There is much more here than I expected. The end left me stunned, which is why I give it five stars. Just a really good read.

    • Eileen E Cartwright says:

      ConfusingI found this book confusing and hard to understand. Not my cup of tea. It was not at all what I thought it would be from the description. I did gain little insight into the feelings of Jewish people who are not practicing their religion. I think!

    • Natasha Murray says:

      A Chaotic, Whimsical Account of a 1980s Teenager’s LifeAuthor, David Michael Slater has delivered a crazy tale of a family so dysfunctional, that you would only believe it, if you saw them. Take it from me, families like this do exist. I particularly liked the character of the grandmother and although she was a stereotypical Jewish old lady, I found her to be captivating. For those of you that have been the sensible one in a dysfunctional family unit, you will appreciate the main character Jon [...]

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