Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Soldier Hill by Phil Rossi

When a local soldier is killed in the Vietnam War, a memorial was created to honor his sacrifice. Years later, the memorial faces removal and demolition. Two high school buddies devise a scheme to preserve the memorial. Will the boys summon the courage to break the law? If not, a soldier's sacrifice will be forgotten.

Eddie and Dave are two young friends, both coming from working class families.  They don't have goals in life and they are treated poorly by some of the wealthier kids.  Nonetheless, when there is some expansion and remodeling done at the high school, Eddie takes an interest in a small tree.  It was planted in honor of a  fallen soldier and Eddie wants to know who and why it's not discussed at the school.

So embarks his and Dave's journey in determining who the Soldier was and they eventually do find the father of the fallen boy.  It's a unique story with a great concept.  Good for adults to read but also a fabulous coming of age story.  There are some twists and turns that I didn't expect, but it is a short novel.  The only thing I had a problem adjusting to was the language.  I'm not very good with slang, so it took me a bit to catch onto the lingo.  But once I did, I found myself turning the pages, immersed in the story.  The cover is a big 'manly' for my taste and suggest a male driven book, but it really is written to be enjoyed by all.  Great story!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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