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Attempted Hippie (Kindle Single) by [Noonan, David]
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  • Print Length: 52 pages
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  • Language: English
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This book is O.K. Thats all I can say about it really. I read it all because it was a short read but I don't think I could have read much longer. Its just not my sort of read, sorry D. Noonan.
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It's 1972 and 21 year old David is a college drop out grave digging during the day and working at a gas station at night. He is still living in New Jersey with his parents. Half-stoned, he impulsively decides to hitchhike 3000 miles across America to visit his younger brother John in Tucson, Arizona. His trip is full of incident, often amusing. Eventually, arriving in Tucson, brother John, has gone to San Francisco. On tracking him down, they travel around the Rockies in a clapped out car on a fun and randomly spontaneous journey. Fuelled on beer and permanently stoned, it seems, their dreams suddenly end as does the story.

A fun exploration of travels across America and the joys and troubles of David trying to join the Hippie scene but not quite succeeding. Well-written by David Noonan.
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Not really what I expected!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious glimpse into a young man's soul 26 Dec. 2013
By RR Aranda - Published on Amazon.com
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This short read is packed with a hilarity that only a very articulate and literate master writer of humor could achieve in recounting a youthful trip to nowhere— rather in the way that Seinfeld achieved hilarity as a TV show about nothing. In a sense the book is about an especially profound trip to somewhere: a young man’s meandering voyage of discovery to find and become himself, and to connect with loved ones. The author’s sharp skills as cultural observer and wordsmith are evidenced by funny and insightful description that brings to life that hazy bygone time at the end of the 60s, and what it was like to be young in those days. Among smiles and belly laughs, it will awaken long-dormant memories for those who lived then. Nevertheless, revealing a piece of a young man’s soul makes it a timeless and universal story that will bring along on the trip even those of today’s world so apparently distanced from that time without cellphones, tablets and the ubiquitous cloud of the World Wide Web.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Into the Mild 27 Dec. 2013
By Adam Richter - Published on Amazon.com
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In the Kindle Single "Attempted Hippie," David Noonan tells the entertaining story of his early-1970's attempt to live the hippie lifestyle. Temporarily dropping out of college, he hitchhikes his way across the country and back, with the goal of meeting up with a couple of his brothers along the way and casually hanging out with them.

"Attempted Hippie" is well-written; Noonan is a natural storyteller with a friendly, conversational style, and he paces his tale expertly. His skilled use of details gives the reader a good sense of the era, and you'll truly feel as if you are along for the journey.

The only reason I can't quite make the leap to five stars in this review is that, frankly, not a lot really happens. While I'm happy that the author made it through his somewhat risky adventure unscathed, I was hoping for a little more excitement along the way. When he writes about shoplifting a container of ice cream, telling a toll-booth attendant that he doesn't have enough cash to pay the toll, and getting briefly detained by a policeman who wanted to make sure he wasn't a draft-dodger (he wasn't, and he was let go without any further ado), it often comes across as "you-had-to-be-there" type stuff, or stories that might be more interesting if they were told by a personal friend or relative. However, the lack of dramatic incidents does serve to give the work a sense of authenticity, at least, and considering that a lot of memoir authors have been caught making stories up just to sell books, this is refreshing.

If you're interested in learning what it was like for Noonan to voluntarily drop out of society for awhile to discover the country (and himself, in the process), you'll enjoy "Attempted Hippie."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boomers, get this book! 23 Dec. 2013
By Emily Zylber - Published on Amazon.com
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David Noonan draws you in from his first line in this hilariously funny, and honest story about his 1972 trip across country to meet up with his brother, while making a go of becoming a true hippie. Noonan has an amazing ability to let the reader into his head, and understand his feelings, his misery, and dreary circumstances that led him, or drove him, to get out of New Jersey and off to the west coast--all the while providing a hugely entertaining, laugh-out-loud, but touching tale about a young man's wish to make a change in his life. Great read!
4.0 out of 5 stars A true reflection of the 70's 27 Jan. 2014
By Rick - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked this story, because I could relate having done something similar myself. I saw a lot of myself in him the author as I read along. He describes the way it was in the 70's, and the attitudes that were prevalent of the day. A light hearted story of his quest to become a hippie, but deep down knew he was never going to be the true hippie. Like the financial guru Dave Ramsey says, you have two types of people. The nerd, and the free spirit. I guess the author falls into the nerd category, but tells how he disparately wanted to be the free spirit. I thought it was a humorous look at a young adult not yet sure of what they want to do with their life, but in the mean time threw caution to the wind. Definitely a good read for someone who grew up in the 70's, and also had, or wanted an adventure.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 5 Jan. 2014
By Lesley - Published on Amazon.com
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This story was so very uplifting in it's genuine insight, hope, love, humor, wonder and acceptance. This is often what I seek in literature, and found it all here. I read it all in one sitting and it made my day. I hope there will be more to come from this wonderful writer, there was nothing I couldn't connect to in some way in his story.
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