In the 1990s, a troubled young man growing up in the Pacific Northwest and outlying points of Seattle, WA struggles to find out who he is and as a result, suffers many predicaments in his life.
He endures quite the self inflicted struggle through poor decision-making with consideration to his choice of friends, in this coming of age story.
Ian Primmer’s novella, “Hometown: The Puget Sound Kids of the 1990s,” is a fun, fast-paced coming-of-age story set in 1990s Pacific Northwest.
The story follows a Cody Muller, a young misfit who finds himself in various trials, struggles, and adventures as he learns more about himself. In a sense, Cody is the embodiment of the experience of growing up in the 1990s in the Pacific Northwest. His life is a roller coaster of mistakes and loss. From suicide attempts to acts of mischief, Cody is perpetually getting himself in trouble. Cody has a desire to be a better person and make the right decisions, but he is unable to control his behavior.
One of the strengths of the novella is it makes you feel like you are in 1990s Pacific Northwest. Primmer draws on his own experience, having grown up in the Pacific Northwest during the ’90s, to capture the setting. Additionally, Primmer’s writing draws inspiration from the grunge movement, made famous by Temple of the Dog, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana.
Throughout the story, Primmer does an excellent job of capturing the experience of growing up. The universality of youth is navigated with affecting characters and powerful writing. Although, as a novella, this is a relatively quick read, Primmer is able to really develop the characters and connect the reader with each character’s story.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for an interesting, quick read in the coming-of-age genre, you’ll enjoy Ian Primmer’s “Hometown: The Puget Sound Kids of the 1990s.” – Parakeet Reviews