Whether you were jock or bookworm, an “innie” or an “outie” you will relish the shock of recognition and, perhaps, furtively consult your yearbook. Sociology that amuses as it informs.
Beneath the banter, the all-too-vivid recollections of the sock-hop, the prom, the yearbook caption under your photo, Keyes makes a serious and pathetic observation: there are people for whom high school is the peak, the zenith of their success and achievement. After graduation, it’s downhill all the way.
Keyes brings back the sights and sounds, and most importantly, the feelings, of our high school experience
Keyes manages to sum up the common denominator of experiences we shared, no matter which high school we attended and the perspective in which we see our high school days now … a captivating book.
You can take the boy and girl out of high school … but can you take high school out of that boy and girl, even when adults? In essence this is the provocative question posed by this witty book that manages to use the light touch in probing serious questions of personality development.
“There is a lot of nostalgia and fun in here — but this is a meaningful look at the impact of adolescence spent in a unique American institution.”