There are very few books which make me laugh out loud while reading. And this is one of them.
There is nothing one can NOT like about this book: - it's basically a very raw form of an autobiography (you could also say it's a collection of experiences, but to me that doesn't seems to be too far apart from a loose form of autobiography) - it's a 100% honest. His experiences, feelings and ups and downs are described so lively that sometimes it made me feel as if I relived these moments. - it's one of the few books where the author doesn't use too many words. Tony tells things as they were and that's it. - the chapters are short and distinctive - the language is fluent, sometimes a bit colloquial English. Not only does it give the book more authenticity but it also makes it an easy read for a learner of the English language (certainly not what Tony had in mind when he wrote the book, nevertheless a plus) - there is so much irony in it: He tells the adventures of a teenager from the perspective of an adult. Little comments let the reader know that Tony does it with a little smirk on his face. It's this "Man, that was kinda weird, but it was fun anyway!" kinda attitude. - the layout is interesting: lots of printed backgrounds under the writing and -of course- lots and lots of photos. Don't get me wrong: these photos don't simply fill the book, they show moments which are hard to put into words: his hanging in mid air between to huge halfpipes while crossing the big gap. Or little Tony with huge protection gear. ;)
Oh well, I could write forever here. Instead, I'll leave it at that: I love the book and take it up for a short read every now and again. A fantastic read for skaters; and for non-skaters as well. Simple verdict: 5 stars.
Ich hatte zuvor die Biografie von Rodney Mullen (The Mutt) gelesen und fand diese großartig. Da bei Hawks Buch ebenfalls Sean Mortimer Co-Autor war, hatte ich entsprechende Erwartungen an den Inhalt. Dieser liest sich leider eher belanglos und wie eine simple Ananeinderreihung von Ereignissen, ohne aber wirklich in die Tiefe zu gehen oder emotional mitreißend zu sein. Aus meiner Sicht hätte ich mir diese Sammlung von Fakten auch selbst "ergooglen" können.
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