Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite
Wow! The memories of growing up in a town where there are only a few houses scattered around, a cemetery, a church and maybe a country story or a junkyard? Well, author Jeffrey Utterback grew up in a small town in the middle of nowhere in Swygert, Illinois, a small town where the population was under one hundred. Can you imagine going to a school with only twenty-two students in all, from Kindergarten to sixth grade? That could be really good, or it could be really bad. In his book “Swygert,” Jeffrey Utterback gives us a taste of what it was like growing up in his small town. And he does it in a collection of stories about things that happened in his life. If you grew up in a small community, you will laugh and cry at the heartwarming memories this author brings to life.
Having grown up in a small town, I loved reading this book because it brought back so many memories. Jeffrey Utterback is a gifted story teller and you will find yourself amazed at the way he takes us on a journey back to his childhood years. Like burning trash outside? Kids today would cringe at that. Along with the 'Garbage' story, my other favorites were the 'Christmas Junkie and Roasting Weenies', and of course the 'Red Neck 4H club'. I highly recommend this book for just a good, fun and clean read. Sometimes it is great to find a book like this to read that will cause you to forget about the fast pace of life for just a little while. Why not grab a copy and enjoy?