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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
Let me say right off the bat that I enjoyed Do You Realize? by Kevin A. Kuhn very much. I like the role that the popular music of my generation, the baby boomers, plays in this novel. If you look at the chapter titles and you are a pop music fan, you might notice that a lot of these chapters are named with titles of pop music songs. Most of them are hit songs. I have thought for a long time that music marks and defines times in our lives. The better the song, the more intense the time, the stronger the memory. Do You Realize? is about life. It is about love and, most of all, it is about family. What better way to celebrate those things than through music…or a good book.
Do You Realize? is full of powerful scenes, realistic scenes, life affirming scenes. Kevin A. Kuhn has a special way of looking at life, and he is very good with words. I feel I know these characters. I like George. I like Elena. But I think I liked George’s relationship with his kids, Alex and Amanda. Don’t get me wrong. None of these relationships is perfect. Neither are any of the people. That is part of the reason that they seem so real. I recognize the same flaws in my own family members and friends. This is good writing. A good plot. Some great characters, and plenty of small details from everyday modern family life make Do You Realize? a great novel.