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.
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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.
The review of this Book prepared by Samantha S.