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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Bongs For Steve: A Memoir is a work of fiction in the literary and psychological subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author I. J. Baker. In this introspective novel about life, where it leads us and the choices we make for ourselves and for others, a copy editor finds himself in a crisis when he’s put on leave from his job. Disillusioned and distraught, Seamus casts his mind back over his formative years in his twenties, when he and his friends indulged in cannabis on their first steps to self-exploration and maturity.
Author I. J. Baker has crafted a well-penned dramatic work that will surprise you with its depth and poignancy the more you read into the lives of Seamus and his friends. Light-hearted and amusing in all the right places, Baker chooses specific moments to dive deeper into the psychology of what it means to find yourself trapped on a plateau in mid-life and suddenly start wondering how you got there, and it’s a message that hits home hard when it’s utilized. I particularly enjoyed the author’s command of dialogue, which brings to life all the brightest and wittiest moments of the bonds of friendship that Seamus shares, both in his past and present, and the pacing is smooth and moves along well for a character-driven literary style tale. Overall, Bongs For Steve will certainly impress readers seeking literary, introspective works and I’d recommend it to anyone who loves a nostalgic read about friendship and redefining one’s perspective on life.