The Scar Boys (audio) by Len Vlahos
This audio is definitely a “driveway” audio if there ever was one. If you are unfamiliar with the term, it is used for an audio that you cannot turn off when you reach home. You have to sit in the car and get to the end of the chapter at the very least. This is the story of Harry who as a young boy was bullied in such a way that his tormentors tied him to a tree and left him there despite a thunder storm rumbling in the distance. When the ferocious storm passed through, Harry’s tree was hit by lightning and burned. Harry’s mother found him passed out, ablaze, and still tied to the tree. When we meet him, Harry is writing his college essay which is the conceit throughout the book. He brings us up to speed on what has happened to him between the ages of 9 and 19. The essay becomes an entire bio and completely pulls you in. As a teen Harry joins a rock band called The Scar Boys (named after himself) and his love for classic rock is seen throughout the book. Each chapter begins with the name of a song, who wrote it, and who performed it. The reader/listener can’t help but identify with this damaged boy who is trying to find his way in life. The narration was completely authentic. Get this one – you won’t be disappointed.