Kickflip Boys: A Memoir of Freedom, Rebellion, and the Chaos of Fatherhood

Version: Unabridged
Author: Neal Thompson
Narrator: [No Narrators Added]
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Marriage & Family
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: May 2018
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 45 minutes
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A moving, funny, insightful memoir about a father navigating the turbulent journey of raising two rebellious, skateboarding-obsessed boysWhat makes a good father, and what makes one a failure? Does less-is-more parenting inspire independence and strength, or does it encourage defiance and trouble? Kickflip Boys is the story of a father's struggle to understand his willful skateboarder sons, challengers of authority and convention, to accept his role as a vulnerable "skate dad," and to confront his fears that they're destined for an unconventional and potentially fraught future.With searing honesty, Neal Thompson traces his sons' progression through all the stages of skateboarding: splurging on skate shoes and boards, run-ins with security guards, skipping classes and defying teachers, painting graffiti, drinking and smoking, and more. As the story veers from funny to treacherous and back, from skateparks to the streets, Thompson must confront his complicity and fallibility. He also reflects on his upbringing in rural New Jersey, and his own adventures with skateboards, drugs, danger, and defiance.A story of thrill-seeking teens, of hope and love, freedom and failure, Kickflip Boys reveals a sport and a community that have become a refuge for adolescent boys who don't fit in. Ultimately, it's the survival story of a loving modern American family, of acceptance, forgiveness, and letting go.

Author Details

Author Details

Thompson, Neal

Neal Thompson is a veteran journalist who has worked for the

"Baltimore Sun", "Philadelphia Inquirer", and "St. Petersburg

Times", and whose magazine stories have appeared in "Outside",

"Esquire", "Backpacker", "Mens Health", and "The

Washington Post Magazine". He is the author of two critically acclaimed

books, "Light This Candle: The Life and Times of Alan Shepard, America's

First Spaceman" and "Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine,

Detroit Wheels and the Birth of NASCAR". Thompson and his family live

in the mountains outside Asheville, North Carolina. Visit his