5 out of 5 stars
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Please! Just Call Me Kevie! by Lord Christopher is a story of finding the proverbial fork in the road of life. We never know where the road we take will lead us. That’s what makes life so hard to navigate. But with Kevie, he finds joy in facing a fork in the road because any road he may take will bring him new and exciting experiences. So, with a positive attitude and great storytelling skills, we will get a peek at the wondrous life of Kevie Odgers.
This semi-biographical book follows the life of the author’s uncle, Kevie. The book starts with Kevie arriving at his nephew’s home. He informs them that his love for traveling has brought him back on the road with no plan for where he might end up. And with that, the stories began to flow. Kevie recounted stories from his childhood, growing up in a war, stories from the post-war times, and several topics about the unions in Australia.
What I liked most about this book is that it’s not just about Kevie’s childhood and adventures. It’s also about how Kevie, or anyone his age in Australia, faced the struggles present at their time. There was a detailed account of WWII, how the post-war times affected people’s way of life and mental health, and even the history of the First Nations Peoples in Australia was included. As someone who’s more exposed to American and British literature, I genuinely don’t know much about Australia. Fortunately, this book opened my mind to Australia’s history, locations, politics, and culture.
Another aspect I liked was the author’s writing style. The author managed to write about Kevie’s life, Australia’s history, and his own perspective in this book. The writing flowed smoothly with a light tone. It was easy to understand, fun to read, and inspiring at times. Kevie’s philosophy and characterization were wonderfully written.
If there is one thing I didn’t like about this book, it was that the author went into too much detail in narrating the war. However, I didn’t like it just because I couldn’t get any emotion from that part of the book. It was like reading a history book due to its length and too many technical details. But this opinion didn’t affect my overall enjoyment while reading this book.
In conclusion, I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. I genuinely enjoyed reading about Kevie’s experiences and Australia’s history. Kevie is an inspiring man with wonderful stories to impart to the readers. Additionally, the book was professionally edited, as I only found a few errors. Lastly, I would recommend this to readers interested in biographies. This book would offer biography readers a character with a unique personality and inspiring outlook on life.
Please! Just Call Me Kevie!
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