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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
The Boy Who Loved Girls: The Memoir of a Boy on His Dangerous Journey by Robert McNally is a unique memoir that captures the youth of insurance auditor Robert McNally in colorful prose. He is the guy who escaped being drafted into military service in an unusual manner. Discover the unique experience he had working in the crematory where he was the last person to see the dead body of the unpopular monk excommunicated by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, the monk whom many thought was mad, but who was a good friend to the czar and a fan of Rasputin. In this book, the author takes readers on a rollicking ride through the adventures of his life. Follow him in his night escapades with a friend called Bertie, the guy he considers has the brain of a bird and, as he falls in love, discover what it was that drove him.
Humorous, exciting, and beautifully written, The Boy Who Loved Girls: The Memoir of a Boy on His Dangerous Journey is a memoir that reads like a well-composed piece of fiction. At times the reader wonders if some of the episodes of the narrator’s life, beautifully captured in prose, were real. I enjoyed the story right from the very beginning with the hilarious incident of theft. Readers will be amused immediately by the mindset of Bertie and they will be intrigued watching what happens after he steals from an old man, getting everything the man had to make a living, and then suddenly feeling awful about it. The pacing is quick, and the memoir is filled with intense moments, loaded with action. Robert McNally’s writing is excellent and it combines humor with wit to transform the powerful dialogues and vivid descriptions into great reading. I was entertained beyond measure.