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Skullface Boy Paperback – August 16, 2018
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 16, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 202 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1724864815
- ISBN-13 : 978-1724864819
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.51 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,659,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The journey begins in Denver when Levi.... SKULLFACE BOY heads out on his own at 16.....free for the first time....seeing the outside world for the first time....in search of his look-a-like.
Leaving Gramm Jones foster care behind....and thanking God for a clue from Sister Jude, Levi sneaks out sure no one will miss him or even care that he and his face are gone....besides perhaps SJ.
And oh the people he meets while living rough and heading west to California.
The characters, the writing, each encounter....all top shelf.
My favorite has to be the stop at Rainbow Rick's beautiful used bookstore. You see, Levi is like all of us, he loves to read. To browse a bookstore is heaven.
And while all his experiences and part time gigs were memorable, I would be remiss if I failed to mention his helping out at the garage sale. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
And No way I'll forget Britton!!!
So enjoyed this one packed with its wide variety of emotions in only 200 pages. Don't miss it!
(Truly intend to checkout more Lutzke!)
Skullface Boy (2018) is writer Chad Lutzke’s latest novel. From its title and cover, the book has all the makings of a horror novel, but it isn’t. It is a narrative of self-discovery and a coming-of-age novel of a unique kind. The novel is a modern day On the Road featuring an intelligent, well-read adolescent knowledgeable about movies, who loves the music of KISS, and who is looking to find someone like himself. The novel is also simply amazing.
Setting out on foot with only his backpack and very few possessions (foremost among them a copy of Jerzy Kosiński’s The Painted Bird), a hand-created KISS T-shirt, and no money Levi hopes to walk and hitchhike to Hermosa Beach in Southern California where he has heard a man was sighted with a skullface like his own. In his mind, Levi pictures the man as possibly his father.
During his journey, all narrated by Levi, the youth encounters a wide-cross section of Americans. Many are kind. A few are shining examples of what humanity can and should be. Many have their own personal burdens they are bearing. Some have learned how to survive against the odds. Some are privileged. Some find Levi’s appearance frightening. Some of the people he comes across are frightening and at least two, in particular, are just plain evil. Regardless of the type of people he meets, despite mental, emotional, and physical fatigue, Levi keeps his goal of reaching Hermosa Beach in the fore and to do so he knows he must do whatever it takes to persevere and survive.
Lutzke’s writing is vivid and convincing and his prose flows with a beauty and smoothness. His characters and the situations which Levi encounters are real to life. The conclusions Levi arrives at about the various locales he visits, from podunk nowhere to major cities are filled with concise, meaningful discernment.
Levi is a fascinating, modernized, Dickensian-like character and readers will not only find themselves filled with empathy for Levi but rooting for him from beginning to end. By the conclusion of Skullface Boy, readers will find themselves not just entertained by Lutzke’s marvelous writing and story, but very pleased to have been given the opportunity to accompany Levi on his unforgettable journey.
We follow 16 year old Levi. He’s not like most kids. For one he has grown up in a foster facility. Two, he has a skull for a face. That’s right, a skull for a face. He gets odd looks to say the least and has felt like an outcast his entire life. One night packs his meager belongings and sets out on an adventure of a lifetime.
Levi’s journey takes him across the western United States heading towards California where he runs into numerous odd and colorful characters along the way. From a one armed man to an overweight woman with cancer. It seems that everyone he encounters has some sort of “societal blemish” is the best way to describe it. Something about either their physical appearance or their mental state that society at large would look down upon. Through these happenings Levi learns life lessons that he was never exposed to during his time in foster care. He learns that no one is perfect, everyone has flaws and who is anyone to judge someone else for their “imperfections”. Levi experiences the darker, more gruesome sides of humanity but also catches these warm, shining glimmers of hope that show that the world isn’t always a completely awful place.
A hitchhiking odyssey of self discovery brimming with heart. Chad Lutzke’s Skullface Boy is a feel good story about embracing our differences and learning that no matter what no one is truly ever alone.