Kickflip Boys: A Memoir Of Freedom, Rebellion, And The Chaos Of Fatherhood by Neal ThompsonKickflip Boys: A Memoir Of Freedom, Rebellion, And The Chaos Of Fatherhood by Neal Thompson

Kickflip Boys: A Memoir Of Freedom, Rebellion, And The Chaos Of Fatherhood

byNeal Thompson

Hardcover | May 15, 2018

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“With a dispassionate but tender eye, Thompson captures the ache, fizz, yearning and frustration of being the father of adolescent boys—and of adolescence itself, observed and remembered.” —Michael Chabon

What makes a good father, and what makes one a failure? Does less-is-more parenting inspire independence and strength, or does it encourage defiance and  trouble? Kickflip Boys is the story of a father’s struggle to understand his willful skateboarder sons, challengers of authority and convention, to accept his role as a vulnerable “skate dad,” and to confront his fears that the boys are destined for an unconventional and potentially fraught future.

With searing honesty, Neal Thompson traces his sons’ progression through all the stages of skateboarding: splurging on skate shoes and boards, having run-ins with security guards, skipping classes and defying teachers, painting graffiti, drinking and smoking, and more. As the story veers from funny to treacherous and back, from skateparks to the streets, Thompson must confront his complicity and fallibility. He also reflects on his upbringing in rural New Jersey, and his own adventures with skateboards, drugs, danger, and defiance. 

A story of thrill-seeking teens, of hope and love, freedom and failure, Kickflip Boys reveals a sport and a community that have become a refuge for adolescent boys who don’t fit in. Ultimately, it’s the survival story of a loving modern American family, of acceptance, forgiveness, and letting go.

Title:Kickflip Boys: A Memoir Of Freedom, Rebellion, And The Chaos Of FatherhoodFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.01 inPublished:May 15, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062394347

ISBN - 13:9780062394347

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“A provocative and inspiring memoir that delves into the hopes and fears of parents as much as it delves into the hopes and fears of the children they are striving to raise. And, yes, it is about skateboarding.  Which is the key—for the resilient Thompson family—to happiness and joy.”