The Milk Wagon review  103

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To start eleventh grade but on the first day of school a new kid named Nate Mayes arrives and with him a secret Once the boys learn the horrifying truth they take it upon themselves to try and make it right and in so doing set in motion a chain of events that have unexpected and life altering conseuences for everyoneThe Milk Wagon was there through it all. Absolutely great I stumbled up on this book while glancing through NetGalley I made the reuest solely on the interesting cover I really haven't been reading much in the past few months but when I decided to take a break from so much social media I was looking for something light to distract me I chose this book based on the great reviews I will not call this light reading but it had a certain element of fun in an otherwise dark storyline I loved the characters particularly the main narrator I found all the characters and the settings totally relatable to high school even though I am 58 years old The author did a great job in painting the setting of that time the carefree high school days of my youth I loved everything about the story and there were enough surprises to keep me interested I just loved the entire narrative and flow of this book I am not a fast reader so it took me several days to read but I found myself anxious to get back to the book every day I haven't found a book that held me interest in a while like this one did I would recommend this book to any general fiction or mystery lover or to anyone who just longs for the carefree days of high schoolwith a high drama story built in Do yourself a favor and give this book a try I will definitely look for other reads by this author

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The Milk WagonTHE MILK WAGON is a coming of age thriller about friendship redemption and how the ties made during high school can last a lifetimeFor Matt Frazier Jason Hop Hopkins and Mark Ragone 1986 was the year that changed everything and it was the year that everything changed It was the year Matt fell in loveIt was the year Mark started a bandIt was the year Hop ac. If Ferris Bueller had solved crime instead of taking the day off it probably would've been pretty close to this second novel from Hewes which was even better than his first A perfect foundation of suspense with just the right amount of nostalgia to have you reliving all of your favorite parts of high school

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The Milk Wagon review  103 ½ THE MILK WAGON is a coming of age thriller about friendship redemption and how the ties made during high school can last a lifetimeFor Matt Frazier Jason Hop Hopkins and Mark Ragone 1986 was the year that changed everything and it was the year that everything changed It was the year Matt fell in loveIt was the year Mark staTually kind of but not really got a girlfriendAnd it was the year Nate Mayes disappearedMatt Hop and Mark have been friends since elementary school They played ball together they hung out together and they somehow managed to work their way through the awkward years of junior high together Now they are finally starting to come into their own as they prepare. I loved this book It hooked me from the start and the pace kept me reading page after page However don’t let the brisk pace fool you This is a very well written and carefully constructed book The writing was descriptive but tight I would be surprised if there was a wasted word anywhereI am a sucker for stories that take place in the glamorous 1980s and this book was no different Most books TV shows movies etc that take place in the 80s however seem to make it like any other time period only with a few mullets acid washed jeans and Michael Jackson references sprinkled on top At worst the era can come across as cornball with no real depth In the Milk Wagon though coming from someone who grew up in the 80s the few 80s references were enough to make me smile in recognition but not enough to take me out of the story The book has a clear eyed reverence for the decadeI enjoyed the book's thriller aspect and there were a couple of twists including the last one that I did not see coming but importantly now that I can see in retrospect how carefully constructed the plot is they were all well earned unlike some books' twists that come out of nowhereHowever it is the world building between this tight group of friends that resonated the most with me Every time I picked up the book I found myself looking forward to catching up with my newfound friends and all their distinct but authentic uirks and stories I look forward to reading the seuel maybe