It’s easier than you think to stick a dart in your head. All you need is 1960’s-style soft, acoustical ceiling tiles, a pool table, a hockey stick, an Indoor-Outdoor carpet, and, – oh, yeah – a dart! Then you toss the dart up, watch it get stuck in the ceiling, climb onto a pool table with said hockey stick in hand to get it down, and then the dart falls on your head. If you are wondering who on Earth would do such a thing, well – Eric Hill – that’s who! He also *accidentally* set a field on fire (and, when he tried to confess, he got congratulated for alerting the authorities), saved an infant girl from drowning in a pool, and he got sent to a summer camp at which he and the other Counselors-In-Training had an all-out war with the Head Riding Instructor. This is his memoir of his “disastrous” early years (12-16). This is the story that Eric Hill has to tell.
You know, this book has inspired me. It has inspired me to a) make Viking Toast (read the book to find out 😉 ), b) not put rubber cement in burning grills, and c) don’t make fun of Head Riding Instructors’ misfortunes (no matter how funny they are). After reading this book, I am now a smarter boy. I think this is a great memoir – it is very entertaining – and enlightening. It is a great story, totally appropriate for kids of all ages (just don’t try the stuff in the book 😉 ). I think boys will especially like to read about Mr. Hill’s disastrous adventures. Mr. Hill’s writing style is playful, and fun to read. I love his writing voice. As a kid myself, I could totally relate to the stuff Mr. Hill did when he was a boy. Um – I mean I would never do anything like the stuff he did. 😉