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I was a Bad Kid: True Tales of a Deceptive Child [Kindle Edition]

ryan zimmerman
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Book Description

I was a bad kid. I didn’t realize it at the time, however, now that I think about it I really was a bad kid. On the outside, I was just a boy from Kansas growing up in the 80s, trying to mousse my mullet to its fullest potential and tight roll my jeans like all the other cool kids. On the inside though, my brain worked like a maniacal tyrant, hell bent on getting whatever I wanted. I concocted crafty plans unseen from any other child my age and carried them out with incredible professionalism and finesse. Narrated by me, these are my personal stories in "I was a Bad Kid: The True Tales of a Deceptive Child."

Be prepared to laugh as I share the details of how Huey Lewis made me call 911, or learn a lesson on how to get your friend’s girlfriend to kiss you instead. See just how much I tortured my poor mom’s cooking, and what scam I came up with in order to get a shiny new 8-bit Nintendo. Lastly, watch the chaos unfold and see how one simple afternoon caused me to completely destroy my parents’ living room—all due to some checkers and my best friend.

It’s nostalgic. It’s fun. It’s hysterical. It’s "I was a Bad Kid: The True Tales of a Deceptive Child."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 260 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: (24 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052LHWL2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #446,432 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and nostalgic 13 Jan. 2012
By Pat
Format:Kindle Edition
There are only four naughty incidents in this book and one other not so naughty deed so it's a fairly short book, but the stories are all told well and in an amusing manner. The book was nostalgic too, though I'm sure the author is a lot younger than me (I certainly never had video games) but I do remember trying to record songs from the radio with a cassette player and how futile it usually turned out to be.

The author takes full blame for all his bad behaviour and has great respect for his parents (even if he didn't as a boy) and this makes the book all that more enjoyable - the admission of guilt.

My only complaint is that the book is far too short. Surely the author did more naughty stuff? It would be good to read more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining and amusing! 3 May 2014
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I read this in an afternoon and it made me smile! A well written book that reminded me of Malcolm in the middle-a mischievous little boy-not so bad really!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 9 Mar. 2013
By katyj
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A really easy read. Very enjoyable with some laugh-out-loud moments. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would definately recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 8 Jan. 2015
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Good read
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly entertaining... 5 Oct. 2012
By Pulledover - Published on
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I don't write many reviews (hardly any).. but this book was a let down. I think it was a let down because I read all the reviews of how hilarious the book was and I didn't think the same. The antics were mild.. pretty much the same things we all did as kids. I suppose going by the title of the book we were all bad kids. But we weren't. We were just kids that don't really think actions through clearly until after the deed is done.

The book is a QUICK read. Maybe an hour and half.. and that is pushing it. Seeing that the book was free I felt comfortable with 3 stars. If I had paid for it, the stars would have quickly dropped to one.

The overwhelming thought I had throughout the book was.. events are always funny when they occur first person. It is kind of looking at someone's vacation pictures and videos. The vacationer is ohing and ahing . and well.. yeah those pictures are pretty but.... The thrill isn't captured when the finger presses the button on the camera. The thrill lives in the person who experienced the event. Sometimes that thrill can be put to paper. I didn't feel that was the case in this book.

As always, I praise anyone who attempts at writing a book. The writer is putting himself out there for the world. So I do commend the author for his efforts. The writing just didn't seem to capture the spirit of what he probably lived through as a child.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Circumspect processes. 8 Jan. 2012
By M. DeKalb - Published on
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A brief collection of childhood antics ranging from the destructive to the underhanded. Told in a manner that displays an adult accentuation upon the possible thought process of the authors younger self while engaged in his miscreant-esque behaviors.

Sometimes appearing too adult minded laden with details / thoughts that normal children wouldn't either recollect or even pick up on, and only a few times is this acknowledged (but at least he`s aware that he`s frequently embellishing the story). While this adds to the ability to tell the story of debacherous deeds and it reaffirms that indeed, Zimmerman was a bad kid as it injects it with post-facto humor, it still seems to create a sense of beyond age ready patterns. Under the cover of "this is what I did" you begin to get the vibe that it is actually "this is what I did... if I'd have thought of it back then".

5 stars for the horrid tales. Minus 2 for the thought-process credibility of the young Zimmerman.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars At least it was free 1 May 2013
By Mezz - Published on
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Rudimentary writing of mediocre stories, riddled with grammatical errors (the author can't seem to figure out subject versus object pronouns). There isn't much of a "bad kid" element to the stories either. This is just a recollection of childhood memories using inflated, flowery language.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lima bean phobia - definitely a Y chromosome-related phenomenon 22 July 2014
By Whistlers Mom - Published on
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I can happily eat lima beans every day, but I've seldom met a man who would touch them. Apparently, American mothers and grandmothers have spent millions of woman-hours trying to force little boys to eat lima beans. If that effort had gone into finding a cure for cancer or working for disarmament or even making side-walk chalk drawings, the world would be a better place and grown men wouldn't wretch at the mention of a harmless vegetable.

This little book is simply the author's (probably exaggerated) memories of his boyhood. It's very uneven. Sometimes it's laugh-out-loud funny and sometimes it drags. If you grew up in the 1970's and 1980's you will probably enjoy his stories. I was already grown by then, so I saw no similarities with my childhood. It did impress on me that one of the few advantages of growing up in a big family is that the parents skip the "food wars." With a large brood, you just throw the food on the table and let them fight for it. The picky eater weakens and is ejected from the nest by the stronger fledglings. It's nature's way.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny 20 Nov. 2012
By Kathryn Bartlett - Published on
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I laughed at the stories, but it just came to an abrupt end as if there should have been more chapters.
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