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After twenty-seven months in the Peace Corps, the droll hero of this amusing tale returns home with one simple thing on his mind – he's determined to kiss a girl. And not just any girl or any kiss, but an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime first kiss with Mandi, his beautiful next door neighbor. The fun mix of tension, humor, and life lessons in this heartfelt romance will appealAfter twenty-seven months in the Peace Corps, the droll hero of this amusing tale returns home with one simple thing on his mind – he's determined to kiss a girl. And not just any girl or any kiss, but an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime first kiss with Mandi, his beautiful next door neighbor. The fun mix of tension, humor, and life lessons in this heartfelt romance will appeal to readers of all ages.Authorbio: The father of five, L. Henry Smith’s greatest joy in life is his family. A lovely wife, four enchanting daughters, a charming son, and five beautiful grandchildren are his constant source of delight. A true romantic at heart, the author’s stories inspire hope that genuine happiness can be found while traveling life’s uncertain and sometimes painful paths, even if the happiness we find isn’t exactly what we were looking for when we started the journey.Keywords: Comedy, Romance, Clean, Funny, Love, Humor, Uplifting, Happy...

Title : Life is Like a Parade
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ISBN : 9781506903323
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Number of Pages : 164 Pages
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Life is Like a Parade Reviews

  • iamnotabookworm
    2019-05-03 13:11

    This is the first book I signed up to review on NetGalley. I knew of NetGalley from one of the book blogs. I can't remember which particular blog. Thank you, whoever you are. I got introduced to a new source of free books to review. So, if you are not yet a member of NetGalley, sign up now. You can choose from a lot of books to review. NetGalley allows each book to be reviewed within three months and then it will be archived. Make sure that you take note of the dates when you get the books.Life is Like a Parade is a story of Tommy Taylor and Jaime Jones. This book is a sweet, witty and entertaining read. I enjoyed very much the smart banter between Tommy and Jaime. I liked that these two think alike in a lot of ways. Their exchanges often ended up as a yardstick as to who is more brilliant in giving a funny and mightier comeback. And if the other's retort is smart enough to make the other silent or lost for a wittier answer. I was looking forward to this kind of conversations between the pair. It was the best part of the book. It was not the usual type of conversations I get to hear. These conversations gave character to the book and made it stand out from the other comedy romances I have read. Not to mention the quirky and lovable characters. It made me want to live in Westfield.Of course, the book was not all about roses. There were serious conversations also. And those serious dialogues squeezed my heart tight. I was on the verge of crying and feeling sorry for our lovebirds. They have waited and endured long enough. They deserved to be together. The book also talked about family dynamics and relationships. Of random kindness and repaying back that kindness when the opportunity comes.Another character of the book was playing with suspense. Though it had become obvious to me what was going on, but I couldn't help but feel the frustration and worry of Tommy. The author played with his characters' weaknesses which solicited more empathy from me. I wanted to hug Tommy right there and tell him that everything is going to be alright. He has nothing to worry about. I gave the book 5/5 mine cars. The author adeptly played me like a guitar string. He was a skillful player who played with my emotions. He made me laugh with the easy and comfortable banter between Tommy and Jaime. And after I was feeling comfortable and content with all the merriment, he played a soulful note and wrung my heart. It was a dizzying roller-coaster of emotions, yet very fulfilling. Like being on the Space Mountain in Disneyland, the ride makes you breathless, weightless and disoriented. At the same time, it makes you want to experience it more. The book made me hopeful. Some wishes do come true after years of patiently waiting. Good people are often rewarded for good deeds, sometimes instantaneously. And that you have to take advantage of the golden opportunities as they come. At the same time, you march to the tune of your heart. Yeah, big dope!Life is like a parade, sometimes it's clowns and floats and marching bands, but sometimes it's sunburns and muscle cramps and broken blisters -nobody knows that better than you.- L. Henry Smith, Life is Like a Parade - Thank you again, Netgalley for the review copy.

  • Daphnee (daphneereads)
    2019-05-10 18:23

    2.5*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley.Life is like a parade by L. Henry Smith was a very deep book about love and self discovery. Very deep for a young adult contemporary. I had a hard time with lots of things, it was so slow and repetitive at some points. I really wanted to enjoy it more than I did. Tommy is supposed to be 20, but I sometimes felt like he was 14. Wish there was more to it.

  • Gill
    2019-05-24 18:26

    I really wanted to like this book because it’s not very often these kinds of book are told from the male perspective. However, I just couldn’t bring myself to enjoy any part of it. This is a meant to be quick read but it took me weeks to finish it because it was dull, dull, dull. It begins with our protagonist Tommy just back home from the peace corps and he almost immediately lets us know how in love he is with his neighbour Mandi and that he wants to grow old with her, so much so that he doubts whether he should become a teacher incase she doesn’t like it, because you should absolutely change your whole life plan for a girl right? He decides he’s going to let her know his feelings. Then the next day we meet Jamie and Tommy is oh so in love with her, has never gotten over her and wants to be together forever…I have a problem with this. Does Tommy just fall in love with every single female he comes across? It’s not even slightly believable. Tommy tries so hard to show how open minded and caring he is as a person that he just comes across as completely self-indulgent and air-headed. He chides himself for these selfish, superficial thoughts while thinking back on the people he met during the peace corps but does absolutely nothing to change or better himself. I couldn’t connect to him AT ALL. And Jamie, all I took from her was that she was meant to be the token manic pixie dream girl used to show the main character how much fun and adventure he could be having. I really dislike those characters because they're far too one dimensional. To end on a positive, the book cover is kinda pretty.

  • Sharon Mariampillai
    2019-04-27 17:22

    I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.Actual Rating: 3.5 This was a nice love story. I thought the story was interesting. Also, it is interesting to read this from the male perspective as it gave me more of understanding of who Tommy was as a character. I really like Tommy and Jamie together. I thought their chemistry was great. The ending was really sweet. I do wish that it was longer than 164 pages. Overall, a great read.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-12 13:28

    Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC! Ugh. That sums this one up. Ugh. Everything that was supposed to be cute but annoying an unrealistic. Even the whole waiting for a kiss after the second date? Give me a break. I'd love to see a town with that tradition. Then you have 20 year-olds in such deep love they get married right away? And that was not just one couple. The conversations that were supposed to be funny and witty? Immature and lame. I found it admirable the main male character went to the Peace Corps. After that, I didn't care about him at all. Ever. At any point in the story. He was fickle and not "the kindest boy in the world," but wispy washy and not matured by his experience. He flirting? Desperate. The female love interest? I don't think I ever liked her. Her one-liners were dumb. I couldn't even picture her bc everything about her was unrealistic. A parent that called people "silly goose"? Please. Everything about this screamed, "Abstinence!" "Marry young!" "Build your life around the insta love of another immature person!" I couldn't stomach it. I can't imagine a teen who would either. I feel guilty bc I know this book is someone's hard work and dreams of success, but it really fell short.

  • Lisa Bentley
    2019-05-10 14:18

    Life is Like a Parade is not the sort of book that will change your life but it might just change your day. It is a sweet story about first love and about miscommunication. Boy meets girl, they get along but life gets in the way only for it all to come good in the end.Overall, Life is Like a Parade was a little predictable and at times a little too saccharine but it is harmless good fun.Life is Like a Parade by L. Henry Smith is available now.

  • Melanie
    2019-05-16 20:38

    I received a free review copy of this book through NetGalley.I want to begin by giving praise to the author for taking the risk of putting himself out there to bring his story to life. In the author’s note, it states that Smith’s “greatest joy in life is his family,” which certainly comes through in Life is Like a Parade. The cover artwork is also very beautifully executed, enticing, and sweet. If I saw this cover in a bookstore, I would certainly want to pick it up and read at least the synopsis!With the above attributes working in its favor, I really wanted to like this book. It is a short novel and promised to be a quick read, but the awkward dialogue and disjointed storytelling makes it difficult to wade through. Regarding the organization, it feels as though there was no planning or preparation involved in the writing process. Between the first chapter and the next couple of chapters, for example, it isn’t immediately clear that the narrative is shifting into a flashback of sorts; there is no segue or notice. Additionally, the titling of each chapter, in combination with numbering, is awkward and makes the chapters feel more like awkwardly written short stories rather than parts of a more cohesive whole. There are some confusing grammar issues, such as accidentally using “her” when meaning to use “his,” several missing words, and mixed up usage of “your” and “you’re.” Grammatical issues, though annoying, are easy enough to get through when they are occasional, but when combined with consistently one dimensional characters and a story that is similarly lacking in depth it all unfortunately starts to unravel.I do feel as though this story is unique and has promise, but the current lack of depth and organization make it difficult to get through. I would like to see Tommy’s character better fleshed out, better segues between sections (especially for the sake of cohesiveness), some actual organization and substance to the plot, as well as more attention to grammar and details. I am not against stories with moral agendas, as Life is Like a Parade seems to present: “no kissing before the second date” as well as the very old fashioned approach to interpersonal relationships in general, which makes the timeline and setting a bit confusing (seems like the 1950s with smartphones). This just provides yet another (major) reason to bring more care and attention to the details of character, setting, and overall storytelling.

  • Ashley
    2019-05-21 20:23

    My first impressions of this book were that it was super well-written, and also not like anything I’ve ever read in the Young Adult category before. Mostly because it’s a very deep book. Lots of description, and time spent thinking, rather than speaking back and forth between characters – something that takes me a lot of getting used to (especially in Young Adult books). That being said, I really like Tommy. He was one of those guys that seems like a good guy – at all times. At the beginning of the book, he had just come home from 27 months in the peace corps and was ready to spend some time with his family. He’s a great big brother to his sister, Greta. Their relationship was so sweet that some of the scenes between the two of them brought tears to my eyes. However, this story was in Tommy’s perspective and I just thought some of it was not realistic. He’s a twenty year old boy and he was acting more like a man in his forties a lot of the time. He had a good sense of humor and flirted with the girl he liked, but he was also very straight-laced and said and did things that most twenty year olds wouldn’t. (I know this because I spend some time around people of that age!) Jamie, the main girl in the story, was easy to get along with and was so nice! I loved her, and found her more realistic than Tommy. She was quirky and said and did things that I find normal for a girl of her age. She and Tommy had a neat relationship, too. It wasn’t like some Young Adult books where you know that the inevitable is going to happen and the two main characters are going to end up together.Life is Like a Parade is a short book, but it took me a while to read. It’s about 165 pages, and it took me almost four days to read. It didn’t draw me in like a lot of the books that I’ve read, but I enjoyed it! I would definitely recommend this book to people who are looking for a wholesome love story!I look forward to reading more from this author!

  • Jessica Spencer
    2019-05-25 15:12

    With such a cutesy title, Life is Like a Parade set me up with hopes of fun and romance. Was it all that I expected?Nah.This must be a debut novel, for it’s a near-comical mess. Leading man Tommy is completely, totally and utterly desperate for his first kiss. He reaches vomit-inducing levels of unattractiveness throughout the novella. At first his heart is 100% set on Mandi — until he bumps into Jamie, who he’s always fancied too, turns out. When he talks to Jamie about his desperation desire to kiss her on what feels like every third page — to which she says that she won’t — it’s slightly frustrating, slightly annoying. It feels as though he’s not listening or taking her seriously, and as a reader, you want her to say “shut up and talk about something else!”Full review is available on < a href=" and Read!

  • Karen Whittard
    2019-05-06 16:33

    I love story with a difference. As told by the perspective of the man Tommy. This is really done too often in love stories and I always find it really refreshing when it is. Jamie and Tommy are really good together and I liked them both together and as individuals. This book is great if you are looking for a quick read. Sometimes I enjoy these more than a full length book as they move more quickly. No words are usually wasted as they need to wrap things up quickly and easily. The characters are really strong and likeable. The story is sweet and has a good ending. I look forward to reading More from this author. Thank you to NetGalley, L Henry Smith and publisher for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review Happy reading everyone

  • Kristen
    2019-05-22 15:11

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest option. My 12 year old loves "love stories". The problem is a lot of them aren't appropriate for her young heart so I read them first to determine if she can read them now or when she is 18. This book was AMAZING! The sarcasm of Stanley and Stella kept me on my smiling. Tommy and Jaime are wonderfully grounded good hearted young adults with solid values. Such a great story! I would definitely recommended it to readers, even in Jr. High.

  • Anna
    2019-05-11 13:21

    The book was a short yet entertaining read that kept me surprised until the very end. I really liked the main character, Tommy and his characteristics. Also the exchanges between him and the other main character Jamie aka Stella were quite funny and witty, which made the book a whole lot less cheesy. I gave the book 3 out of 5 stars. It was entertaining but unfortunately had a lack of emotion and surprise.