Growing up, Kevin Ford was never considered one of the cool kids. He was the unathletic son of a father who had been the star of his college football team and the scrawny younger sibling of two brothers who loved to torment him. To his peers, he was far from being considered popular.
Kevin had two best friends, though. One afternoon in the summer of 1994, they showed up unannounced at his front door with a secret mission. What Kevin figured was going to be an average summer day with his friends turned into an adventure like no other. The three of them entered the woods and sought out a forgotten ancient myth.
Now, nearly a quarter century later, Kevin finds himself reminiscing about that August day. As he’s about to enter a new stage of his life, he looks to his past to help give him the strength to face what lies ahead.
At first, when I started The Cool Kids I thought this is going to be an adventure story involving a few preteen boys/best friends reminiscent of Stand By Me with a little fantasy thrown in. While this is true in a way, the story turned and still surprised me.
What followed was a story of childhood and friendships and how even though you may grow up (and apart) that bond is always there. Kevin and his two best friends aren't considered "cool" but they grow to realize that doesn't matter. I think we can all relate, in some way, to the boys.
This story is short, around 100 pages, and I tend to not enjoy short stories but this story of Kevin and his buddies was funny, touching, imaginative and nostalgic. 4/5 stars
"I lived through an era before the technology boom. I know what kind of world exists without technology, and how wonderful and boundless it is."
"It's something about that bond of friendship you share with your lifelong friends that can't be matched. No matter who you befriend later on in your life, it's just not the same."
Author's site: http://www.jasonpellegrinibooks.com/