Yesterday Erased

Bronwyn Field-Jones

I bought this book for my 16 year old son who is an avid Skater and really not into reading. He expressed interest in this book so I jumped at the chance of him possibly reading something and bought it. He absolutely loved it and finished it within a week. He kept telling me how much he could relate to the book so I decided to read it on his recommendation so that we could discuss it together. It took me much longer than a week to read due to the extremely basic writing style and endless story l I bought this book for my 16 year old son who is an avid Skater and really not into reading. He expressed interest in this book so I jumped at the chance of him possibly reading something and bought it. He absolutely loved it and finished it within a week. He kept telling me how much he could relate to the book so I decided to read it on his recommendation so that we could discuss it together. It took me much longer than a week to read due to the extremely basic writing style and endless story lines that go nowhere. It is definitely written for a younger teenage audience who would very easily be able to relate to the different scenarios the writer finds himself in. My son gives it 5 stars....more

Cody Cordwell

I honestly really loved the book. There was a great story, topics that you can relate to and the ending hits hard. There was one problem I had with the book, however. There were numerous grammar, double word, etc., errors in the book. It honestly felt like the editor did nothing. These errors weren't too distracting or anything it just felt like the book was rushed and that the problems could have been fixed easily.

Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and thought it was very well done (e

I honestly really loved the book. There was a great story, topics that you can relate to and the ending hits hard. There was one problem I had with the book, however. There were numerous grammar, double word, etc., errors in the book. It honestly felt like the editor did nothing. These errors weren't too distracting or anything it just felt like the book was rushed and that the problems could have been fixed easily.

Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and thought it was very well done (especially considering this was Andy Schrock's first book). Give it a try sometime.

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Matt Kandler

Yesterday Erased, by Andy Schrock, was a heartwarming, funny, and relatable book about growing up as a teenager, skateboarding, and the many decisions you must make as you progress through life. This book taught strong lessons about friendship, perseverance, and the ability to stay away from dangerous things like drugs and alcohol, even when everyone else is doing them.
I could definitely connect to the main character, Drew, because he had to deal with relationships, especially his friends losin Yesterday Erased, by Andy Schrock, was a heartwarming, funny, and relatable book about growing up as a teenager, skateboarding, and the many decisions you must make as you progress through life. This book taught strong lessons about friendship, perseverance, and the ability to stay away from dangerous things like drugs and alcohol, even when everyone else is doing them. I could definitely connect to the main character, Drew, because he had to deal with relationships, especially his friends losing interest in anything but partying. As I read this book, I felt like I was actually in the story during times that the main character had to make tough decisions. Further, I think what made this story relatable was that the author actually experienced first hand the events described. The story was also about perseverance, because at the beginning of the story everyone told Drew that he “sucked at skating”, that he would never would be good enough, and that he was a “poser”. By the end of the story, Drew was one of the best skateboarders in his town. His skate crew had even released videos, which everyone looked up to. It was ironic that the people who used to be better and had called Drew and his friend “posers”, had completely given up on skating for partying. This story had a great impact on me, and gave me great advice. It proved that you don’t have to do drugs and alcohol to fit in, because Drew never did any of that for all of his teenage years. He learned from some funny, embarrassing, as well as some very sad experiences that doing drugs was not worth the risk. This book had very realistic characters and events. Drew’s friends all had different personalities, and it was quite funny seeing them interact. For example, Mike was very sarcastic. Al would never stop talking, and Gary, who was two years younger than everyone, still hung out with them. They all reminded me of my friends. Further, you could feel Drew’s anger in part of the story when he was seventeen and his girlfriend, Nichole, was secretly hanging out with Drew’s best friend Jake who always got all the girls. This book was not only a book I could reIate to, but was also captivating. I was sitting at the edge of the my seat while reading about Drew’s near death experience when he hit his head while skateboarding, and the doctors had to take Drew’s parents into a private room to tell them he wouldn’t survive through the night. However, three days later, he woke up miraculously and began healing quickly, although he had a fractured skull, nerve damage, and became deaf in one ear. Another very stressful moment was when Drew’s friend had hung himself, as shown in this citation. “Davey had hung himself in his basement. He didn’t leave a note. After a party

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he went home and locked himself in his room. He stayed there for three days, then hung himself. I heard he was messed up on drugs when he did it, which wasn’t a surprise. Davey had gotten lost in drugs in the months leading to his suicide. This only fueled my hatred for drugs, and drinking.” This citation is an example which shows the sadness that Drew had to experience due to Davey’s death. It just reminded Drew how damaging drugs are. There are many emotional moments like this one in Yesterday Erased, but there also are some happy and funny moments, like when Drew lands amazing tricks on his skateboard, or when he jokes around and pranks people with his friends.

All in all, this is an inspiring book about learning life lessons, making the right decisions, going through tough times, realizing who your true friends are, and not letting people bring you down. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to relate to teenage experiences, enjoys skateboarding, and knows some skateboarding terminology, or to anyone who just wants a great story about making it through rough patches in life. Some of the ideas in this book might be less relatable for a younger audience, so I would recommend this book for anyone over 12. This was an overall fantastic book, and I am more likely going to read it again. It is a pretty long read adding up to almost 400 pages, but once you pick it up, you won’t be able to put it down. I would give this book a 5/5, because it was one of the most heart-felt and engaging books I have ever read.

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Cj C

I believe that Andy Schrock's main message in this book is that sometimes the rollercoaster of life might seem as if its in an eternal downward spiral; but no matter how steep the slope is, there's always somebody or something there to help you up. This book mainly takes place in a medium sized town near Cincinnati called Beechmont and the places and skate parks around it. It is indeterminate of the time period, but I'd say early to mid 90s, considering his age now. The book is told in first per I believe that Andy Schrock's main message in this book is that sometimes the rollercoaster of life might seem as if its in an eternal downward spiral; but no matter how steep the slope is, there's always somebody or something there to help you up. This book mainly takes place in a medium sized town near Cincinnati called Beechmont and the places and skate parks around it. It is indeterminate of the time period, but I'd say early to mid 90s, considering his age now. The book is told in first person omniscient through the alter ego of Drew Thomas (Andy=Drew) and his group of friends, whom also have different names. Despite alter egos, it is based on the true events of Andy Schrock's life as a teenager. Drew had a daily routine of going to school; then the comic shop to play Magic the Gathering; and then to bed. But one fateful day, he sees Mike, an upper classman who was always mean to him, being held up against a police car for skateboarding behind the comic shop. Drew rushes onto the scene to defend Mike and eventually wins the argument. Mike pays him back with the most valuable gift of his life to this day, he taught him how to skate. Him and Mike improved rapidly up to the point were they were making Cincinnati famous skate videos and making profit. They had a great skate team with an unlikely group of friends. Alfred Bames, who has serious ADHD (He is still friends with the real Alfred today), Davey, who has some bad addictions, Jake, the girl-obsessed one, and many more. Drew gets his first girlfriend, who's name is Nichole. But his life is about to take a turn for the worse. He is dealing with an on again off again relationship with Nichole, and he hits the all time worst low point in his life in his late teens and twenties.

I think this book is great and gives great life lessons along the way, including to never give up. "The school wouldn't let me have the skateboard on the property, even when I rode it to school. But I'll still ride it everyday, even if its not allowed." (56) Anyone can relate to this book because everyone has that one thing that they do that makes them happy. And everyone has hard times, but always find a way out from that special thing or that special person. The moral of the story is when life knocks you down, you have to pick yourself up off the ground. This book had a few grammatical errors and typos, but for his first book, its pretty good. Andy has a career now as a professional skateboarder and owns a skate company called Revive Skateboards (which I skate regularly). I would recommend this book to anyone who loves skateboarding, or knows Andy Schrock or Revive Skateboards.

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Casey TornameJake

My all time favorite book!

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The story was great. I wouldn't have picked this book up if I didn't follow Andy on his YouTube channel. The editing was absolutely atrocious and it was hard to continue reading when there were so many grammatical errors. I won't spoil the book, but the ending was disappointing.

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