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Kickflip Boys

Kickflip Boys

A Memoir of Freedom, Rebellion, and the Chaos of Fatherhood

by Neal Thompson
Paperback
Publication Date: 03/06/2019
RRP  $26.82 $26.75
"Thompson captures the ache, fizz, yearning and frustration of being the father of adolescent boys." -Michael Chabon

"What a riveting, touching, and painful read!" -Maria Semple

"Fun, moving, raw, and relatable." -Tony Hawk



What makes a good father, and what makes one a failure Does less-is-more parenting inspire independence and strength, or does it encourage defiance and trouble Kickflip Boys is the story of a father's struggle to understand his willful skateboarder sons, challengers of authority and convention, to accept his role as a vulnerable "skate dad," and to confront his fears that the boys are destined for an unconventional and potentially fraught future.

With searing honesty, Neal Thompson traces his sons' progression through all the stages of skateboarding: splurging on skate shoes and boards, having run-ins with security guards, skipping classes and defying teachers, painting graffiti, drinking and smoking, and more. As the story veers from funny to treacherous and back, from skateparks to the streets, Thompson must confront his complicity and fallibility. He also reflects on his upbringing in rural New Jersey, and his own adventures with skateboards, drugs, danger, and defiance.

A story of thrill-seeking teens, of hope and love, freedom and failure, Kickflip Boys reveals a sport and a community that have become a refuge for adolescent boys who don't fit in. Ultimately, it's the survival story of a loving modern American family, of acceptance, forgiveness, and letting go.
ISBN:
9780062394361
9780062394361
Category:
Memoirs
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
03-06-2019
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
304
Dimensions (mm):
204x134x19mm
Weight:
0.22kg

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