Back Cover: This unforgettable memoir of boyhood in the 1950s, a true modern classic, introduces us to the young Toby Wolff, by turns tough and vulnerable, crafty and bumbling. Separated by divorce from his father and bother, Toby and his mother are constantly on the move. As he fights for identity and self-respect against the unrelenting hostility of a new stepfather, his experiences are at once poignant and comical, and Wolff masterfully re-creates the frustrations, cruelties, and joys of adolescence. His various schemes- running away to Alaska, forging checks, and stealing cars- lead eventually to an act of outrageous self-invention that releases him into a new world of possibility. So I read this book for my english class, Masculinity and Violence. so focusing on what it means to be masculine and how the book fits into that with violence and other things. I'd say it was a pretty good book, but it didn't really have a climax. There were some major events, but nothing that was like the big point of the story. And the ending was kinda like eh. But it is another book out the way for my book count! I'm glad I have to read books for english ya know? But it was a good book that did have some characters, including the main one Jack, that were dealing with masculinity and violence.