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  1. 5 out of 5

    Don

    I could not put this book down! The only thing that kept me from finishing this book in one sitting was a back spasm and Tylenol P.M.!!! Paula is a former colleague of mine and we share a Kent State background. With that being said, I enjoyed the mention of old places, cars and radio stations with which I was familiar. I even owned a Ford Falcon when attending KSU. Paula’s story is new to me. Although we were colleagues we never had the chance to discuss our pasts. I knew her professional talents I could not put this book down! The only thing that kept me from finishing this book in one sitting was a back spasm and Tylenol P.M.!!! Paula is a former colleague of mine and we share a Kent State background. With that being said, I enjoyed the mention of old places, cars and radio stations with which I was familiar. I even owned a Ford Falcon when attending KSU. Paula’s story is new to me. Although we were colleagues we never had the chance to discuss our pasts. I knew her professional talents were top-notch but now I see the grit and moxie she has as I learned a piece of her story. It was a turbulent time for many but especially challenging for Paula. She survived Kent State and made the world a better place. Kudos to my colleague!

  2. 4 out of 5

    John Olesky

    This is the best book about the 1970 Kent State massacres that I have ever read. It intertwines a moment that changed American history with a time that changed a pregnant coed's life forever. Both nation and the central character struggled and survived. A mesmerizing tale. This is the best book about the 1970 Kent State massacres that I have ever read. It intertwines a moment that changed American history with a time that changed a pregnant coed's life forever. Both nation and the central character struggled and survived. A mesmerizing tale.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This is a good quick read. To me it was a coming of age story as the you ride with the author through her life story from her late teens into her twenties. You get a glance at the Kent State tragedy along with her feelings towards her boyfriend and parents. Her use of adjectives and her descriptions put me, as the reader, right in her shoes. I particularly laughed at her experience in working for Ohio Bell in the late 60's. It saddened me, however, to read of her experience on the day of the Ken This is a good quick read. To me it was a coming of age story as the you ride with the author through her life story from her late teens into her twenties. You get a glance at the Kent State tragedy along with her feelings towards her boyfriend and parents. Her use of adjectives and her descriptions put me, as the reader, right in her shoes. I particularly laughed at her experience in working for Ohio Bell in the late 60's. It saddened me, however, to read of her experience on the day of the Kent State killings. A day which I remember and always get a chill up my spine when I hear the National Guard is being called in to quell a situation. I would recommend this book to a young female freshman in college along with parents of the same. The current day student will be comforted to know her feelings about boys aren't unusual. Parents will find out how kids feel about them and what their comments do to their offspring.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Lauman

    Beautifully written memoir of a young woman coming of age in a tumultuous time in America's history. A compelling story that was hard to put down, it had me asking, "What happened next?" I look forward to reading Paula Stone Tucker's next work. Beautifully written memoir of a young woman coming of age in a tumultuous time in America's history. A compelling story that was hard to put down, it had me asking, "What happened next?" I look forward to reading Paula Stone Tucker's next work.

  5. 4 out of 5

    J.J. Clarke

    Award winning author, Paula Stone Tucker weaves an extraordinary story of true-life American History. Set at Kent State University in Ohio, Tucker survived the brutal attack of soldiers against students. People remember where they were the day of the shooting, but the little details of that day are what make this book so rich. "I reached for the emergency dime in my purse." The details of the lottery style draft aired on National TV, brought up poignant memories of my own. A must-read book fille Award winning author, Paula Stone Tucker weaves an extraordinary story of true-life American History. Set at Kent State University in Ohio, Tucker survived the brutal attack of soldiers against students. People remember where they were the day of the shooting, but the little details of that day are what make this book so rich. "I reached for the emergency dime in my purse." The details of the lottery style draft aired on National TV, brought up poignant memories of my own. A must-read book filled with details of life in the 60's and 70's.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Judy Abdallah

    I'm an avid reader of biographies and memoirs. This book captured me on so many different levels. Ms. Tucker's first-hand account of the Kent State shootings was extremely interesting as well as frightening. Intertwined with that saga is her coming-of-age story - that of an innocent schoolgirl trying hard to bloom into a woman and suffering some daunting and dangerous disappointments along that journey. The event that lifts her out of a dangerous life situation is unexpected and shocking. Rarely h I'm an avid reader of biographies and memoirs. This book captured me on so many different levels. Ms. Tucker's first-hand account of the Kent State shootings was extremely interesting as well as frightening. Intertwined with that saga is her coming-of-age story - that of an innocent schoolgirl trying hard to bloom into a woman and suffering some daunting and dangerous disappointments along that journey. The event that lifts her out of a dangerous life situation is unexpected and shocking. Rarely have I read such raw and honest decriptors of feelings and emotions as she expresses as a result of this particular event. This is a great and uplifting memoir!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rita Boehm

    The past remembered A brutally honest recounting of a tragic time in our nation's history, and in the author's life. Kudos to Ms. Tucker for her honesty in discussing the personal events in her life in the months surrounding the horror of the Kent State massacre. I was a HS senior in May 4, 1970. Like many of my generation, I was angry and frustrated by the state of our world. Almost 50 years have passed, so much has changed...but much has not. Well-written and worth reading. The past remembered A brutally honest recounting of a tragic time in our nation's history, and in the author's life. Kudos to Ms. Tucker for her honesty in discussing the personal events in her life in the months surrounding the horror of the Kent State massacre. I was a HS senior in May 4, 1970. Like many of my generation, I was angry and frustrated by the state of our world. Almost 50 years have passed, so much has changed...but much has not. Well-written and worth reading.

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