Grouper's Laws

A 1960s Tale of High School Highjinks and Romance

Fiction - New Adult
440 Pages
Reviewed on 01/09/2020
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Grouper's Laws: A 1960s Tale of High School Highjinks and Romance by D. Philip Miller is a coming-of-age story about a young man on the brink of adulthood. He finds out that life is not going to get easier, but it can be fun if you have the right people beside you. Blondie Reimer is your typical high school senior who is looking forward to graduating and entering a new phase of life. If he can get Tammy Hollander along the way, you wouldn’t find him complaining anymore. But when he joins a group of “different” students and enters their club, he finds out that the leader of the group, Grouper, has a quirky way of life that seems to seep into his own. You see Grouper has laws and somehow these laws are helping Blondie out more than he ever thought. From hoping for a better future to finding love, Blondie realizes that there is something about Grouper’s Law that gives him the courage to take the next step!

The author has done an amazing job of keeping the timeline right and ensures everything is correct in a story set in the '60s. From the dialogues to hairstyles and clothes, the author did a lot of research and it shows. Blondie is a likable character; he is self-deprecating and confident to make him stand out and he is perfect for the story. He isn’t really too sure of himself, but having Grouper in his life made him smarter and stronger. This is a perfect coming-of-age story where I experienced the high jinks of high school drama up close and personal and enjoyed the ride. Blondie’s growth was amazing; he had a complete 360-degree change and he thrived on it. Needless to say, I enjoyed it! Entertainment at its best!

Christian Sia

Grouper's Laws: A 1960s Tale of High School Highjinks and Romance by D. Philip Miller is a brilliantly written coming of age novel that follows Blondie Reimer's senior year at Fenton High School. It is set in the early 1960s and the reader encounters a young boy struggling with adolescent issues. While high school brings its own challenges, Blondie finds himself irresistibly drawn towards Tammy Hollander. The chances of him winning her are slim, for she seems distant and unreachable. But being recruited into the group of loners who want to establish their own rules may be one of the best things to happen to him in high school. Grouper’s group functions around a set of rules enacted to help its members cope with the challenges that every day brings. Can Grouper's Laws be the answer to the challenges that high school life brings?

This is a fun read and I enjoyed the deft handling of the characters. D. Philip Miller’s novel and characters reminded me of my own experiences in high school and some of the eccentric characters whose presence just made things lighter and easier for everyone. The quirkiness in some of the characters combines with the realism of the writing. The prose is gorgeous and it captures the scenes vividly. Grouper's Laws: A 1960s Tale of High School Highjinks and Romance features themes of romance, friendship, and coming-of-age. I enjoyed how the author explores the anxieties and worries of the characters, keeping them real and emotionally rich. It is fast-paced, psychologically intense, and a delightful read for fans of general fiction.