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Paperback Details
  • 01/2019
  • 9780578453798
  • 174 pages
  • $8.00
Paperback Details
  • 10/2016
  • 978-1539758112
  • 174 pages
  • $8.00
Ebook Details
  • 10/2016
  • B01M7TF1N1
  • 176 pages
  • $2.99
Audio Details
  • 04/2018
  • B07CJKRP74
  • 176 pages
  • $7.49
The Tribulations of August Barton

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

August Barton could never have mentally prepared himself for his freshman year of college: not only has his anxiety increased, but his parents are divorcing, his new roommate thinks Augie is the biggest nerd in existence, and his grandma, a retired prostitute named Gertie, has taken to running away from her nursing home. Augie just wants to hole up in his dorm room with his Star Wars collectables and textbooks, but Gertie is not about to let that happen. What ensues is a crazy ride including naked trespassing, befriending a local biker gang, and maybe-just maybe-with Augie defeating his anxiety and actually getting the girl.
Reviews
LeBlanc’s coming-of-age tale about a nervous new freshman at North Dakota State University is an odd but charming blend of modern college life with an old-fashioned feel. August Barton, or Augie, moves into a dorm and meets Isaac, his roommate—and as is true of just about everyone except Augie, Isaac is “cool.” Augie struggles with bullies and the vicarious stress from his mother’s second divorce and her tense relationship with her own mother, Augie’s 78-year-old Grandma Gertie, who audaciously escapes from her rest home, provides booze for a college party, and proudly proclaims, “I was the best prostitute North Dakota had ever seen!” Gertie’s lively presence in her grandson’s life fills a void created by his distracted mother, and this sheds light on his decision to focus his degree on gerontology. As Augie gradually evolves and develops a friendship with Isaac, another freshman at NDSU, Rose Varley, finds the virginal Augie to be adorable. The romance with Rose exemplifies the unusual time-warp tone of the story when intense, contemporary sexuality is replaced by an old-fashioned courtship. Though this and most of the novel’s other elements are effectively portrayed, the prose sometimes feels clumsy and choppy. Augie’s personality is awkward, altruistic, and funny, and it’s a pleasure to watch him grow as he and the other entertaining characters live through a sweet, relatively wholesome winter. (BookLife)
Anabella Johnson-Indie Book Reviewers

Right off the bat I enjoyed Ms. LeBlanc’s energetic narrative voice and that she captures the vibe and angst of the late teen/new adult crowd perfectly. I was also intrigued with how the author managed to work in many real-life issues – emotional and mental- with this charming, and at times sentimental tale. It is witty, profound, and poignant and while it had its sadder moments and touched on serious subjects like anxiety and death, it never gets too heavy or maudlin. I enjoyed the personality of the different characters and the fact that there were different elements to Augie’s story, and it didn’t just focus on the “romance”, or even his anxiety, but of connecting with others and helping each other to get stronger.

Boundless Book Reviews

FIVE BOUNDLESS STARSAugust has anxiety. He is starting college, his mom is getting a divorce, and now his grandma has escaped her retirement home. This first escape changes his world in so many ways.Let me just start off by saying this story is hilarious. It was such a fun read, but I found out that it was also full of deep and serious meaning. I really have no words. It was so much fun to read and at other times it was so touching it made me want to cry. This book was just really good. It was full of humor, romance, and drama. The characters were awesome. All around it was a great story and I really enjoyed it.-Stormi

Causeway Lit Blog

I thought the story itself was cute. It’s a decent “feel good” story, kind of like a Lifetime movie or something you’d see on the Hallmark channel. (And let me tell you, I’m a total sucker for those movies.) I enjoyed it and I think you would too.

Literary Titan

I enjoyed the author’s writing style. I loved the first few lines of the book. The story flowed well, and the characters were engaging.-Literary Titan

Reader's Favorite

Jennifer LeBlanc’s coming of age story for new adults, The Tribulations of August Barton, is an hilarious and life-affirming tale that kept me enthralled and thrilled throughout my entire reading experience. I love LeBlanc’s Augie whose geekiness, romanticism and kind heart make him so very special. Seeing as his outrageous grannie and her best friend, Tunes, drag him kicking and screaming into life is sheer joy. LeBlanc’s story is beautifully written, and her characters are finely drawn and unforgettable. And, like Isaac, I suspect anyone who has the good fortune to come across this book will see senior citizens in an entirely different way afterwards. The Tribulations of August Barton is most highly recommended.-Jack Magnus for Reader's Favorite

With Love For Books

The Tribulations of August Barton is a delightful original story. Augie is adorable, he doesn't have sleek moves, but he's friendly, quirky and smart. He also treasures his grandmother and they're quite a pair. Gertie is a true spectacle. She has plenty of pizzazz, she still has looks, crazy people skills and plenty of pluck. She does whatever she likes and people love her for it. Augie and his grandmother are both main characters to fall in love with. They're wonderful and when they are together nothing is ever boring. I totally loved this amazing duo and enjoyed every single one of their adventures.Jennifer LeBlanc has a great sense of humor. I laughed out loud many times while reading The Tribulations of August Barton. Because of Augie's endearing and wise character in combination with his grandmother's fierceness excitement is guaranteed. The Tribulations of August Barton is one big adrenaline rush. I loved Jennifer LeBlanc's creativity and really enjoyed reading this heartwarming story.

News
11/02/2018
Literary Titan Book Award Winner (Silver)

The Silver Award is bestowed on books that expertly deliver complex characters, intricate worlds, and thought provoking themes. The ease with which the story is told is a reflection of the author’s talent in exercising fluent, powerful, and appropriate language.

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 01/2019
  • 9780578453798
  • 174 pages
  • $8.00
Paperback Details
  • 10/2016
  • 978-1539758112
  • 174 pages
  • $8.00
Ebook Details
  • 10/2016
  • B01M7TF1N1
  • 176 pages
  • $2.99
Audio Details
  • 04/2018
  • B07CJKRP74
  • 176 pages
  • $7.49

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