Official Review: Benjamin Street by Rick J Barrett

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Official Review: Benjamin Street by Rick J Barrett

Post by LinaMueller » 07 Sep 2019, 12:19

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Benjamin Street" by Rick J Barrett.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Benjamin Street by Rick Barrett blurs the line between fiction and memoir. Jack (or Skeeter) has four friends: Sam, Harry, Peachy, and Buddy. What Skeeter, an Italian boy, a Jewish bookworm, the son of a Nazi and a keen girl could have in common? The love for baseball. The five young people are part of a baseball team called Benjamin Street Bombers.

Would a book about a real-state tycoon trying to renovate a decaying apartment building be considered an enjoyable read? For most individuals, the answer is no. This is a settled question, but what seems to be the plot of the story, however, is just a pretext: the main character used to live in that area and want to talk about his youth. David, the business partner that appears complaining at the end of the chapters, is irrelevant to the storyline. He only exists to show that the building has no commercial value.

The chapters in this book discuss several topics ranging from antisemitism to friendship, baseball, and the death of loved ones. It’s amazing how this book reminded me of the movie Stand by Me. I've learned many things about American society during World War 2 while reading this book. The fact that you can learn a lot of new things while having fun is what I enjoyed the most about this book.

This is a nice, thought-provoking and magnetic book. Despite the simplicity of the plot, most characters are dynamic and differ from each other. They have some kind of psychological issue. Peachy is the only girl playing baseball. Harry is a member of the group, but his culture and lifestyle clash with his friend’s values. Buddy is a tormented boy and the son of a German who decided to fight for Hitler.

Even though Rick Barrett wrote a book about friendship, there is a bit of tragedy mixed in. That could have been a terrible mistake, but surprisingly enough, the author did an amazing job. Some sad events were brilliantly put together (something that made the book even more interesting). I can't point out a single thing I disliked in the entire book.

All things considered, Benjamin Street deserves 4 out of 4 stars. I wouldn’t say that this book is exceptionally flawless, but, undoubtedly, there is nothing serious to criticize at all. Thus, there is no reason to take one star away. It’s professionally edited with no errors. I would recommend it to anyone interested in books about friendship or just people who want to know more about American society during World War 2.

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Haste! lest while you're lagging.
I may remember him!

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 08 Sep 2019, 13:28

I appreciate that the author has created complex characters with psychological issues to go with a plot that is quite simple. Thanks for the lovely review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 08 Sep 2019, 20:41

High praise. I'm definitely wondering how a Nazi and a Jewish bookworm could be friends. I'm also wondering how the memoir and fiction combine. It's hard to write tragedy without it becoming a tragedy, so I'm glad the author succeeds here. Thanks.
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Post by esp1975 » 08 Sep 2019, 23:46

I think if a book can remind you of Stand by Me and not instantly feel lacking, then that's a pretty amazing book.

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Post by LinaMueller » 10 Sep 2019, 05:24

Stephanie Elizabeth wrote:
08 Sep 2019, 13:28
I appreciate that the author has created complex characters with psychological issues to go with a plot that is quite simple. Thanks for the lovely review!
Thanks for passing by, Stephanie Elizabeth. Indeed, the author did a wonderful job creating complex characters. :tiphat:
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Post by LinaMueller » 10 Sep 2019, 05:29

kandscreeley wrote:
08 Sep 2019, 20:41
High praise. I'm definitely wondering how a Nazi and a Jewish bookworm could be friends. I'm also wondering how the memoir and fiction combine. It's hard to write tragedy without it becoming a tragedy, so I'm glad the author succeeds here. Thanks.
Buddy is not a Nazi. He is German boy that hides his real name "Eric" in order to survive during WWII in American society. His father, abruptly, abandoned his family and went to Europe to fight in the war. Thanks for passing by and posting, kandscreeley. I greatly value your comments. :tiphat:
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Post by LinaMueller » 10 Sep 2019, 05:34

esp1975 wrote:
08 Sep 2019, 23:46
I think if a book can remind you of Stand by Me and not instantly feel lacking, then that's a pretty amazing book.
Stand by Me is great, my friend. :mrgreen2:
River Phoenix was such an adorable guy. And what a gifted artist. Too bad he died in such a tragic way. :(
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Post by Ekta Swarnkar » 10 Sep 2019, 12:31

This book demonstrates strong characters sharing a strong bond. I'm sure it was an interesting story. Nice review!
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Post by Wyland » 17 Sep 2019, 19:37

It looks like an interesting book handling difficult subjects like antisemitism and death. I am glad though the character can play a game of baseball. Thanks for the nice review.

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Post by kdstrack » 24 Sep 2019, 15:21

I like the mixture of characters the author has brought together in this novel. The themes are also interesting and it would be fascinating to see the blending of fiction with memoir. You have piqued my curiosity!

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Post by LinaMueller » 30 Sep 2019, 06:31

Ekta Swarnkar wrote:
10 Sep 2019, 12:31
This book demonstrates strong characters sharing a strong bond. I'm sure it was an interesting story. Nice review!
It's an interesting story. :)
Thanks for passing by, my dear.
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Post by LinaMueller » 30 Sep 2019, 06:34

Wyland wrote:
17 Sep 2019, 19:37
It looks like an interesting book handling difficult subjects like antisemitism and death. I am glad though the character can play a game of baseball. Thanks for the nice review.
Thanks for your feedback, Wyland. I really appreciate it. :tiphat:
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Post by LinaMueller » 30 Sep 2019, 06:39

kdstrack wrote:
24 Sep 2019, 15:21
I like the mixture of characters the author has brought together in this novel. The themes are also interesting and it would be fascinating to see the blending of fiction with memoir. You have piqued my curiosity!
I'm glad that I piqued your curiosity. I hope I convinced you to give this book a try. You will certainly enjoy it, kdstrack. :tiphat:
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Post by MrunalT » 08 Oct 2019, 06:56

Stories from the world war always fascinate me. Your review is nice. I fell in love with the name ‘Peachy’!
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Post by LinaMueller » 16 Oct 2019, 07:24

MrunalT wrote:
08 Oct 2019, 06:56
Stories from the world war always fascinate me. Your review is nice. I fell in love with the name ‘Peachy’!
Indeed. It reminds me of the princess from Super Mario Brothers. :mrgreen2:
Thanks for passing by, MrunalT. I appreciate it very much. :tiphat:
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When you have done, pray tell me
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I may remember him!

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