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An Ocean in Iowa By Peter Hedges An Ocean in Iowa In a small town in Iowa Scotty Ocean has announced that seven is going to be his year It does turn out to be his year but not quite the one he had imagined It is the year his mother abandons the fam

  • Title: An Ocean in Iowa
  • Author: Peter Hedges
  • ISBN: 9780684859705
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Paperback
  • An Ocean in Iowa By Peter Hedges In a small town in Iowa, Scotty Ocean has announced that seven is going to be his year It does turn out to be his year, but not quite the one he had imagined It is the year his mother abandons the family At first, Scotty does astonishing things to get her to return When he realizes she won t be coming back, he decides he must replace her And when that proves impossiblIn a small town in Iowa, Scotty Ocean has announced that seven is going to be his year It does turn out to be his year, but not quite the one he had imagined It is the year his mother abandons the family At first, Scotty does astonishing things to get her to return When he realizes she won t be coming back, he decides he must replace her And when that proves impossible, he takes the dramatic step of trying to remain seven forever Funny, sad, and constantly surprising, An Ocean in Iowa explores the fragile contracts between parents and children and what it really means to grow up.
    An Ocean in Iowa By Peter Hedges

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    1. Trish on said:

      I so hate that this book often gets overlooked because of the popularity of What s Eating Gilbert Grape Scotty Ocean will always be one of my favorite all time characters Whenever I run into the occasional reader who has actually read this book, I scream, Purple mountains majesty They get it, and so will you if you read this book You will cry and laugh at the same time while reading this book You will cringe as you remember being in elementary school with a teacher who just doesn t get it You wi [...]

    2. Elizabeth A. on said:

      Peter Hedges can really write novels and screenplays and sometimes a novel that becomes a screenplay and a film What s Eating Gilbert Grape An Ocean in Iowa intrigued me because I lived in Iowa for 17 years and there s no ocean An Ocean, refers to the hero of the book, Scotty Ocean, who is turning seven and has decided that this particular year of his life is going to be a good one But his mother has moved out There are laughs and cries associated with this story, but I finished it and I m givin [...]

    3. Maureen Grigsby on said:

      A delightful novel told through the eyes of a seven year old Scotty Ocean s mom drinks too much, and his world is shattered when she suddenly leaves the family His anchor gone, Scotty acts out in some rather astonishing ways, and decides that he will stay seven forever, even as that eight birthday moves closer This is a book that reminds us how rich the inner lives of children are,a no how deeply they are affected by the choices of others.

    4. Lowez on said:

      What s Eating Gilbert Grape is an old favourite of mine, so when I saw this book in the opshop I jumped on it Turns out Peter Hedges is far from prolific, and I have now read nearly the sum of all of his works It s plain to see why both books are so painfully personal and honest, so humble It just isn t the kind of thing that lends itself to rapid production But anyways An Ocean in Iowa had me feeling pretty skeptical for the first few pages it seemed very generically bookish The narrative, plot [...]

    5. Kasey on said:

      The author does a good job with the character s in the book He really drew me in I kept reading to see what was going to happen and then nothing did The character s were great but the plot wasn t there I was waiting for a climax, then all the sudden I was on the last page Frustrating, because it could ve been really good.

    6. Robin Burton on said:

      I ll start off by saying I m not into fiction books that much I read this due to a recommendation by my dad whose goal was to introduce me to nonfiction that, I would love An Ocean in Iowa takes place in the late 60s, which would be the most fitting age group as the target demographic The author is the same age as my dad so he was able to make a connection with than just the author In fact, the main character reminded me of what I envision through passed down stories as how my dad was, behavior [...]

    7. Dan Martin on said:

      Not bad It reminded a bit of Kramer vs Kramer but told from the perspective of the kid The story takes place in 1969 and it sometimes felt like the author was throwing in era relevant references to try and make sure the reader was always cognizant of that fact It felt forced and, honestly, a little unnecessary This story could ve taken place at any time and the barrage of pop culture references was sometimes distracting I get it, you know the 60 s Now, with all that out of the way, he does refer [...]

    8. H Gibson on said:

      An easy, engaging read The story of Scotty Ocean touched my mother s heart I didn t want the book to end until I found a way to give this fictional little boy the hug he so desperately needed What a great reminder to treat children with the love and respect they deserve, to never use them as pawns in our adult wars.

    9. Marti on said:

      Despite a rough start, I adored this book.I may have had enough of parents abandoning their children I cannot imagine.

    10. Rachel on said:

      The book is well written but it made me painfully uncomfortable at times.

    11. d Kate dooley on said:

      If you liked What s Eating Gilbert Grape, you ll like An Ocean in Iowa If Gilbert were seven years old, he would be Scotty Ocean Worth reading, but won t make it to my read it again shelf.

    12. Les on said:

      In an effort to read of the books that have been lurking on my shelves for years, I chose An Ocean in Iowa, which I picked up at a Fort Worth Library sale, so I ve owned it for at least a decade Not only did I wait too long to read it, but I waited too long to write my review It s been almost three months since I finished the book and I don t remember much than enjoying the sixties nostalgia and feeling a sense of sadness for Scotty and his sisters I only marked two passages, but they both dep [...]

    13. Brandi on said:

      I picked up this book at the library one day, insearch of something anything to read Never judge a book by it s cover , we ve all heard that, but there was something about the cover of the book that pulled me to read this story This book follows Scotty Ocean, who is turning 7 I had a bad taste in my mouth as soon as it described the way Scotty was conceived and then not especially wanted by his mother Up until the boy turns 7 years old, he and his mother a very close Later in the book, I can t h [...]

    14. Becky on said:

      3 starsScotty is turning seven and is very excited about it Unfortunately, it turns out to be a terrible year for Scotty and his family His alcoholic mother leaves him, his two older sisters, and his father Scotty cannot seem to make and keep close friends, and he is always seeming to do the wrong things at the wrong times Quirky, poignant, bizarre, and funny, this novel was a fairly quick snapshot into the life of a disfunctional family in Iowa during the 60s.I enjoyed getting to know the vario [...]

    15. Tracy Shapley on said:

      An Ocean in Iowa is the story of Scotty Ocean, who lives in a small town in Iowa Shortly after his 7th birthday his mother leaves his family and Scotty is left living with his sisters and father, a local Judge Throughout the book Scotty is in denial about his mother leaving and goes to all kind of crazy extremes to make her come back.I had been wanting to read books that take place in the Midwest, and specifically in Iowa, where I grew up, so I had high expectations for this book Unfortunately [...]

    16. ☆Brittany☆ on said:

      I was a bit disturbed by the sexual situations in the book since they involved young kids it made me wonder if I should send my son to public school when he gets old enough to go When I was young none of that stuff never happened to me no young kids told me things like that but maybe it s because I went to a sheltered Christian school LoL if that is the case most second fifth graders have things like that happening then I do not want my kid in public school All in all the book was a page turner [...]

    17. Edward Burton on said:

      This book was almost eerily a mirror image of my own childhood when modern suburbs were in their infancy Peter Hedges has such a knack for making ordinary people, the characters in his book, who generally live mundane uneventful lives magically transform by virtue of something extraordinary that comes their way Much like his first novel, What s Eating Gilbert Grape, I soooo did not want this book to end His references to the commercials of Santa riding the Norelco razor down snow slopes, and the [...]

    18. Karen on said:

      Scotty Ocean is a six year old boy growing up in Iowa in the late 1960 s and early 70 s Peter Hedges does an amazing job of making Scotty real Scotty is a perfect example of the way a little boy sees, hears and interprets the world around him He is just as sweet, innocent and profound as any real boy his age When Scotty s estranged mother came back for a visit, Scotty was sure she was going to stay forever When Scotty woke up the next morning and found that his mother was gone, again , my heart [...]

    19. Becca on said:

      I so hate that this book often gets overlooked because of the popularity of What s Eating Gilbert Grape Scotty Ocean will always be one of my favorite all time characters Whenever I run into the occasional reader who has actually read this book, I scream, Purple mountains majesty They get it, and so will you if you read this book You will cry and laugh at the same time while reading this book You will cringe as you remember being in elementary school with a teacher who just doesn t get it You wi [...]

    20. Kathy E. on said:

      A few parts of this book kinda creeped me out with what little Scotty s friend, Andrew, did It made me uncomfortable I don t think these situations had to be part of the storyor at least, they could have been worded differently On a whole, the book was rather sad We see Scotty excitedly turn 7, and immediately everything goes downhill for him Some kids can handle family stress well, but little Scotty couldn t I just happened to find this book while browsing our local public library and saw the w [...]

    21. Donna on said:

      1969, Scott Ocean declares he is going to be seven and that seven is going to be his year The Ocean s live in a small Iowa suburb Well, it was Scotty s year, but not the one he had planned on his mother left home he tries everything to get her to come home, but doesn t work he tries to replace her to no avail and when things can t get any worse, suddenly, it s time to turn eight He tries a drastic step to stay seven forever.This book is sad, funny and sometimes surprising It is hard for Scotty t [...]

    22. Kathleen on said:

      Scotty Ocean is convinced that turning seven will be significant It will be his special year Instead the year turns into a nightmare with his mother first disappearing, then going to jail Scotty doesn t want to learn how to tie his shoes, because my mother does that a fairy tale he wants to recover He spends a great deal of time acting out and looking for a mother the story includes his two older disapproving sister, and his father, the Judge Eight feels completely different Reads like a YA book [...]

    23. Petar on said:

      To Hedges, I am sure, this is a very significant novel, and I admire that he has taken the time to capture his childhood, and has done it so masterfully I m a huge fan of Hedges and am indebted to him for Gilbert, a book which enlightened me and has since stayed with me in my heart But this, Gilbert fans, is something completely although not altogether different Simply said, for us, there is little to pick up and carry from this novel Three stars because, while I appreciate Hedges staying true t [...]

    24. Paula Martin on said:

      I don t know what to say about this book The problem is, I don t really have anything really good or really bad to say about it Mostly I just think it wasn t finished It read like a draft There were some very interesting themes explored in this book, but the dialogue wasn t what I expected after reading Gilbert Grape I expected observations and details, richer charactersis just seemed a little flat to me.

    25. Rebekkila on said:

      The author did a great job of telling the story through the eyes of a seven year old boy His mother had s drinking problem and left her husband with 2 daughters and a seven year old boy to raise on his own Seeing Scott s world from his point of view made the book less disturbing than if it was told from the people around him him The story was simple and funny at times, I wish it had been a bit longer I didn t get the feeling of closure I was left feeling a bit unsettled.

    26. Andrea on said:

      try as I might, I couldn t finish this book I had it out from the library for weeks and finally had to return it because after 111 pages, I couldn t bring myself to pick it up any This book is about a young boy who turns 7 and then his mother leaves His mother doesn t leave because he turns 7 but she does leave It is choppy and slow moving.

    27. Suzanne on said:

      A quirky little novel that draws you in quietly, but completely Told from the point of view of a 7 yr old boy who most certainly wants to stay 7 forever It is about his life and his fairly dysfunctional suburban family and how he reacts to it all Note that this author also wrote What s Eating Gilbert Grape.

    28. Heather on said:

      This was obvioulsy a first novel I m glad it wasn t my first experience with this author, though, or I might not have read What s Eating Gilbert Grape WEGG is fabulous This is not so much The narrator s character is hard to believe and hard to relate to And the story goes one or two steps too far, in my opinion.

    29. Doron Yam on said:

      Scotty Ocean do not want to be eight years old After he decided that the age ofseven will be his best, it turned out to be his worst It was so bad that he decided to not turn eight The story tells us about the growing pains of a child that need attention and cant get it in the late 1960 s in the US A profile of an avarage american family

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