The Boston Ranter by Layden Robinson

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☆••*´¨`*•.☆•• 3 stars☆••*´¨`*•.☆••


This autobiographical novella was inspired by my life growing up in New England. Comedic, dramatic and quite revealing. This latest title will truly explain why I am the raving lunatic I am today.


The Boston Ranter is a quick, quirky read. While the synopsis from the author mentions that it is autobiographical, the disclaimer at the start of the book states that it is a work of fiction. Your guess is as good as mine, but either way The Boston Ranter is an entertaining read.

Some vignettes are humorous, some are endearing, and some I just didn’t get. This collection of vignettes has an inside-joke, locals-only feel to it. I can imagine that “Massholes” (the author’s affectionate term for his tribe) will understand and appreciate all the the jokes and colloquialisms.

I loved the parody on how people speak in Massachusetts–the dropped R’s are dropped in the spelling so that readers get the full effect. Reading The Boston Ranter felt like people watching in a locals bar while vacationing in Massachusetts.

This ribald, entertaining and sometimes touching read is like a lunch-hour visit to the greater Boston area. Be forewarned that it does contain a lot of questionable language, so if you’re easily offended, this book is not for you.

Goodreads   Amazon US


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