What would your 20-year-old self think of the 40-year-old you’ve become?
For Steve, Sophia, Dave, and Brooke, life hasn’t turned out as planned. Rather than easy fame and fortune, these happy-go-lucky teenagers of the 1980's found young adulthood a mystifying series of dead-end jobs, failed relationships, family scandal, and surging frustration.
Now approaching middle age, all they want is to reverse their gradual alienation from life and one another, reconnecting with their earlier, innocent selves.
But there’s a catch. Before any of them can move forward, they must collectively confront the outrageous night back in college that first drove them apart, revealing secrets potentially shattering everything they ever were.
Nothing is out of bounds in this stunning, often hilarious, and ultimately uplifting look within the secret lives of what is surely America’s Most Disillusioned Generation.
The Bull Years by Phil Stern, I have to say was way better than I expected. We are given the point of view of four characters after Steve Levine has contacted old buddies from his past to participate in the "Life Project". We learn about each of them as we are taken into their pasts and follow them into their now.
So true to life, anyone will be able to relate to this novel. I enjoyed each character and I have to say that it even had me wondering "At What Point Have You Officially Not Made It?"
This story flowed nicely and at a quick pace. I never felt like I was lost even though we see many different point of views. The ending of the book was the best and surprising. I won't spoil it for you but you've got to read it to find out! What are you waiting for? It's $.99 on Amazon right now. Go get it and read, read, read!
His debut novel, The Bull Years, was published in 2011. A hard-hitting commentary on both the frustrations and ultimate validation of modern-day life, The Bull Years follows the lives of four people throughout the late 80′s, 90′s, and into the 21st century, directly addressing the gradual alienation and disconnection often experienced during young adulthood.