Recently Reviewed | Aging Out by L. Lee Shaw

Aging Out by L. Lee Shaw

Teenagers Adam, Soosie, and Myron have found themselves thrown together at Pittison House, a government-run youth home whose inhabitants jeeringly call it “the Pitt.” Adam has been there the longest, thrown out of his own home by a mother and a grandmother who could not have cared less about his existence. Myron, Adam’s roommate, is facing family issues of a different sort: he is the son of the biggest crime family in town. Soosie ends up at the Pitt after beating up her older sister, though no one is quite certain what drove her to do it. Though all friendless, the teens find it impossible to connect with one another, their difficult pasts and family trauma throwing up obstacles against genuine friendship. Now, however, they are approaching their eighteenth birthday, which means they will “age out” and be evicted from Pittison House. The teens are given positions at a local long-term care home for the elderly called Soda Spring Care Center, and it is here that they learn more about each other – and about a disgraced journalist named Adah Skelton who has been sniffing around the place and apparently has a vendetta against its inhabitants.

Aging Out is a heady reminder of the value that close family and good friends contribute to our lives. At the novel’s start, one wonders just how far these characters will be able to take themselves, as they all are so deeply damaged by darkness from their pasts that it prevents them from being able to see the happiness in other people. What makes this story so enjoyable, then, is watching its characters work through this pain, while allowing space to acknowledge how our upbringing shapes our lives irreversibly, whether for good or for bad. Though some of the characterization in Aging Out is abrupt – especially in the case of Soosie, whose cold aggression thaws a little too quickly to be entirely believable – this is the type of novel that demonstrates how small stages can tackle big themes, and how stories do not have to be expansive to be powerful.

To purchase a copy of Aging Out, click here to find it on Amazon.

10 Replies to “Recently Reviewed | Aging Out by L. Lee Shaw”

  1. It is the best time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I want to suggest you some interesting things or suggestions. Perhaps you could write next articles referring to this article. I want to read even more things about it!

  2. Furthermore, i believe that mesothelioma is a extraordinary form of most cancers that is usually found in all those previously familiar with asbestos. Cancerous tissue form while in the mesothelium, which is a defensive lining which covers the majority of the body’s organs. These cells normally form inside the lining in the lungs, mid-section, or the sac which actually encircles one’s heart. Thanks for discussing your ideas.

  3. I would like to express some appreciation to the writer for rescuing me from this particular matter. As a result of surfing through the world wide web and coming across notions which are not helpful, I thought my entire life was gone. Existing devoid of the solutions to the difficulties you have resolved by way of your short post is a crucial case, as well as ones which might have badly affected my career if I had not noticed the blog. Your skills and kindness in maneuvering the whole thing was useful. I don’t know what I would’ve done if I hadn’t come across such a step like this. I’m able to at this time look forward to my future. Thanks so much for your professional and effective help. I won’t think twice to endorse your web sites to anybody who should receive direction about this area.

  4. Thanks for your personal marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading it, you might be a great author.I will always bookmark your blog and may come back later on. I want to encourage you to ultimately continue your great job, have a nice afternoon!

  5. Thanks for giving your ideas listed here. The other element is that each time a problem develops with a personal computer motherboard, persons should not go ahead and take risk involving repairing this themselves for if it is not done correctly it can lead to irreparable damage to all the laptop. Most commonly it is safe to approach any dealer of a laptop with the repair of its motherboard. They will have technicians with an know-how in dealing with laptop motherboard troubles and can make right analysis and conduct repairs.

  6. I have come to understand that expenses for online degree authorities tend to be an incredible value. For example a full 4-year college Degree in Communication from The University of Phoenix Online consists of 60 credits with $515/credit or $30,900. Also American Intercontinental University Online offers a Bachelors of Business Administration with a whole program element of 180 units and a price of $30,560. Online degree learning has made taking your college diploma far less difficult because you may earn the degree in the comfort of your house and when you finish working. Thanks for all tips I have learned through the blog.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.