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[Following is an official review of "Last Chance California" by Brian Price.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Last Chance California by Brian Price is a contemporary novel that describes a young man named Wyatt, who tries to follow his dreams while trying to break out of childhood trauma.

Wyatt is a young man who lives in New Jersey, but his dream is to go to California. The abuse he faced as a child affected his life to adulthood. As he tries to break away from this trauma, he tries his best not to become like his father. Working his way to California was not an easy task. He had to leave behind his family and friends and go to another country. It was a strong decision, but Wyatt made it clear that he wanted to go to California. Do you think he would make it in California influenced by drugs, alcohol, and substance abuse? Or is his dream a mere one? The answers to these questions are found in this exciting book.

The novel of an adventure genre as it provides us with the main character's epic journey. The book uses a kind of comedy that jokes about serious topics, also called black humor. The book reflects the absurdly dark aspect of life while using it to get a comic effect. The protagonist is written in a realistic way, how he left his family to chase his dream even though he had no idea of what was ahead of him. The settings and plot are also well used. Even though the book has varying locations, it still makes every adventure worthwhile.

What I love about the book is that the story is very relatable with challenges and emotional changes. Even though the character had an arduous life, I love how the author uses humor to describe his daily life. I also love that Wyatt followed his dream of going to California. On page 80, he cried when he knew he was finally leaving his family, and on page 314, he was told to come back but chose to stay in California and face whatever problem awaited him. From the beginning of the book, it was pretty confusing as the main character's identity was unknown. Still, after reading further, I knew who the main character was, and it became more interesting as I dived in.

The scenes where hard drugs and alcohol were consumed could be disturbing for some readers, especially younger readers. That is not a problem for me. I couldn't find negative aspects in the book. The book is exciting, and I enjoyed it down to the end. I would undeniably award this book 4 out of 4 stars. Also, it deserves the rating because it has a few errors.

I want to recommend this book to fans of adventure novels with a bit of black humor and those who would like to face their dreams, as this would serve as a motivating book for them.

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I like the concept of exploring the adventure of a young man in a new environment. I wonder if Wyatt is up to the new adventure but i guess i will have to read the book to find out. thank you for the succinct review. well done.
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Post by Marvel+123 »

Finding your path after experiencing a childhood trauma is difficult part. Would read the book to find out what became of him.
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Post by Stan+12345 »

The entire process of healing from a trauma is gradual and uneasy. Thanks for a detailed review
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I'm proud to say that Waytt is a brave young man reading from the review and it gave me a clear picture of how determined he was to achieve his dream. The review is magnificent and now it's time for me to go read the book!🤗
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Post by Ikechukwu+12345 »

With drugs and alcohol, I vehemently disagree of he will pull through, except he comes in contact with change. Thanks for a fantastic review.
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Post by Wildflowertheorist »

A dream to go to California faced with all sorts of challenges won't be easy. Wyatt sounds like a determined person. Time will only tell about what will happen to him and his dream. Great review!
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It takes a lot of courage for a individual to leave his home, his friends, his family, and everything he has ever known to remake himself so far away. I hope Wyatt can make it.
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Post by Madhurima_19 »

An adventurous story. He has a lot of courage of leaving his family and taking this big step. Wyatt is a very determined person.
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Post by Kyrian007 »

This seems to be an interesting booking. I would like to read for myself to see how Wyatt overcame the trauma. I would also like to see for myself how he suicided in achieving his dream. thanks for the review.
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Post by Uwe Neufeld »

Leave all the childhood trauma behind, move to California and begin a new life. I really wish Wyatt succeeds to overcome drugs and alcohol.
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We must learn to move on in life, moved to California a start a new life. Thank you for your review.
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Post by Daniel Oluwabiyi »

Child abuse is such a sad occurrence, unfortunately still plaguing us today. Like Wyatt, people should be given assistance to break free from the trauma it brings. Good review.
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From my experience, I can tell that this book is going to be a great read. The challenges Wyatt faced coupled with his determination are just awesome. wonderful review.
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Post by Waliyat_24 »

This book is recommended to young adults who are easily influenced by the doings of this present time. Great review!
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