The City Boy is Wouk's timeless coming-of-age/learning responsibility story about Herbie Bookbinder's summer prior to the eighth grade. Herbie is smart; at school promotions at the beginning of the novel, he skips a grade. He is not, however, athletic, prefering to eat his mother's cooking, rather than play baseball.
Most of the story takes place outside of the city, where Herbie attends sleepaway camp. Throughout the novel, he struggles to fit in with the other children, developing a relationship with a cute girl, and playing sports. He learns valuable lessons about trusting others, money matters, family responsibility and friendship. Wouk uses lots of humor in his dialogue and descriptions, making this a quick and memorable book.
This report prepared by Samantha S.