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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (559 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tony Earley Narrator: Kirby Heyborn Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Eight years ago, readers everywhere fell in love with Jim Glass, the precocious ten-year-old at the heart of Jim the Boy. Now a teenager, Jim returns in a tender and wise story of young love on the brink of World War Two.

Jim Glass has fallen in love, as only a teenage boy can fall in love, with his classmate Chrissie Steppe. Unfortunately, Chrissie is Bucky Bucklaw’s girlfriend, and Bucky has joined the navy on the eve of war. Jim vows to win Chrissie’s heart in Bucky’s absence, but the war makes high school less than a safe haven and gives a young man’s emotions a grown man’s gravity. When Bucky returns to Aliceville a fallen hero, Jim finds himself adrift in a once-familiar town where everything, including Chrissie, seems to be changing.

With the uncanny insight into the well-intentioned heart that made Jim the Boy a modern classic, Tony Earley has fashioned a nuanced and unforgettable portrait of America in another time–making it feel even more real than our own day.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2008 Christian Science Monitor Book of the Year for Fiction
  • One of the 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amber | 2/14/2014

    " Sequel to Jim the Boy. Such a wonderful book. I love Jim and Uncle Zeno, and of course all the other characters. So sweet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kc | 2/4/2014

    " This is a sweet book about a young man's first love as the world goes crazy in 1941. The story line and characterizations are a bit overwrought at times but the main character is a gem. It does make me want to read the first book, "Jim the Boy." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Louis | 2/4/2014

    " Jim the Boy was a true delight, a wonderfully understated book that I treasure years after reading it. News of a sequel made me both excited and nervous. Excited because of how much I enjoyed Jim; nervous because of losing the simplicity of the earlier book. The Blue Star retains a great deal of the charm of Aliceville, North Carolina from the original novel. At the same time, the outside world forces its way into his life as he approaches adulthood. The book is set in 1941. The fact that Jim is 17 and a high-school senior lends an ominous air to its story of young love and heartbreak. Jim grows up and we the readers cannot stop it anymore than we could with a real child. While the subject matter keeps it from being as comforting as the original, Earley's ability to depict his characters with deceptive simplicity still works well. I expect further sequels about Jim at different points in his life and I look forward to them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carrie | 1/29/2014

    " A nice story. Easy, readible and good way to pass a weekend. "

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