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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Never Hug a Nun by Kevin Killeen

[ 16 ] December 12, 2012 |

Never Hug a NunPlease join Kevin Killeen, author of Never Hug a Nun, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours

Don’t forget to enter to win a copy below!

Reviewed by Claudia Robinson

“In a few minutes dishes would fly to the sink. Teeth would have to be scrubbed. Dad would drive downtown. The boys would walk to school. Mom would descend the basement steps to the laundry room. The troubles of the day were waiting. It was best now not to stir up such things. Dad drank his prune juice and winced. These were the last precious moments of Winchell-Mahoney Time.”

Patrick Cantwell is about to enter the 2nd grade at Mary Queen of Our Hearts parochial school. His Aunt Jenny is about to take her vows and become a Nun, his Mother is expecting another baby, his Grandfather drives a sweet Cutlass, his older brother wants to be in a band, Beatle-mania is reaching a fever pitch, and Patrick has fallen in love with Ebby Hamilton. Life is good, confusing, but good. But, when Patrick’s older brother, John and his good for nothing friend Kurt, convince Patrick to help them steal money from a local store, the Ben Franklin, in order to afford the drums John’s brother’s band will need, life is suddenly not as rosy.

Patrick finds himself facing moral issues a young boy of his age should never have to deal with. On top of having a police record, Patrick is unsure of how Ebby feels for him, and when his Grandmother dies, everything in his life suddenly seems to be falling apart. Determined to right his wrongs and atone for his sins, Patrick sets about turning over a new leaf, but finds it’s not as easy to do as it seems.

Written with humor, wit and from a 2nd grader’s perspective, Never Hug a Nun is literary mind-candy. Entertaining and quirky, Kevin Killeen writes decadently, fleshing out his young characters perfectly, and readers can’t help but feel empathetic towards them all, despite their antics. Quick paced, enthusiastic, quaint and sweet, it’s a trip in to the past where life was slower, gentler, but boundaries and limits were set and clear. Anyone who has been to parochial school will enjoy the narrative of Patrick’s school days and experiences with the Nuns, and older generations will be reminded of the innocence of this era.

The laid back style in which Kevin Killeen portrays his characters, endears his readers instantly to them, with laugh out loud appreciation. From hidden forts, train tracks, first love butterflies, fairs, dodgeball at recess, angry Nuns, secret passwords and Frank Sinatra, Never Hug a Nun returns readers to an era where big cars, rock and roll and ice cream sodas reigned supreme, offering up a big, juicy slice of nostalgic bliss. A great anywhere, any day FUN read for all genres and ages.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Read an excerpt from the book here

Claudia lives on beautiful Cape Cod with her husband and two children.

Review and giveaway copies were provided free of any obligation by Blank Slate Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Category: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Literature & Fiction

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  1. 16
    bn100 says:

    the title

  2. 15
    Lori P says:

    Went to a Catholic school in my impressionable youth. Would be fun to read abd compare experiences.

  3. 14
    Maureen says:

    It looks like a story with an interesting perspective.

  4. 13
    Beth T. says:

    Sounds like my sweetheart’s childhood. Having heard his stories for the last 30 years, I’d like to see what it was like for another little Catholic boy.

  5. 12
    Teddy Rose says:

    “literary mind-candy”, that appeals to me!

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  7. 10

    This sounds like a fantastic read – I can’t wait to get to know Patrick!

    Thanks for being on the tour. I’m featuring your review on TLC’s Facebook page today.

  8. 9
    Victoria K says:

    What a fun read – during times like this I may need something like that

  9. 8
    April Yedinak says:

    The time period and that it is from a kid’s pov

  10. 7
    Linda Kish says:

    It sounds like a trip back in time to my younger years. I like to think back now and then.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  11. 6
    Carol Wong says:

    Oh! This one sounds great. I love nostaliga and would like to see how this boy handles the serious moral issues. Also his family sounds like my best friend’s family when we were growing!

    Carol Wong

  12. 5
    Carl says:

    It sounds like a wonderfully nostalgic piece. I remember many of the same things from my own childhood. I’m sure I’d enjoy this book. Thanks.

  13. 4

    As Kevin’s editor and publisher, I just wanted to say THANKS for such a wonderful review! In response to Colleen: There was a little boy in the audience at one of Kevin’s readings who, I think, might have been about to pee his pants laughing when Kevin read a particularly strange (as in “what is it with little boys?”) scene set in the boys bathroom right before first confession. I was sitting several rows behind the boy and was laughing just watching him squirm. :)

  14. 3
    anne says:

    The era which is when I grew up and the experiences he had.

  15. 2
    Colleen Turner says:

    This sounds delightful! I love that it is from the perspective of a 2nd grader and, I’m sure, shows how someone so young and innocent changes and grows as the real world moves into their live. My son is a 2nd grader so it would be fun to see inside the head of a boy his age. I sometimes wonder what goes on in there :).

  16. 1
    DarcyO says:

    I love a nostalgic, fun read. Sounds great!

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