Seeing Off the Johns

People in the small town of Greenton mark their lives from that day in late summer when crowds lined the streets to see off high school athletic stars John Robison and John Mijias That was the day the Johns, as they were known by adoring fans in Greenton, left for state college, and never made it there or back The Johns had spent their high school years putting that nowhPeople in the small town of Greenton mark their lives from that day in late summer when crowds lined the streets to see off high school athletic stars John Robison and John Mijias That was the day the Johns, as they were known by adoring fans in Greenton, left for state college, and never made it there or back The Johns had spent their high school years putting that nowhere losing town on the map with playoff runs in football and state championship bids in baseball For Concepcion Chon Gonzales, the days that the Johns headed out and didn t return was the first day of his new life He had waited all his growing up years for a shot at Araceli when one of the Johns, John Mejia, stole her away Now, while Greenton mourns, while the Johns families become actors in a spectacle of grief, while Johns memorabilia is sold in every gas station and convenience store in town, while Araceli has to endure a senior year in the watchful gaze of the whole town, Chon Gonzales makes his slow methodical move on the only girl he s ever loved, hoping maybe that she won t notice what he wants.Rene S Perez II was born in Kingsville, Texas, and raised in Corpus Christi He received a BA from the University of Texas and an MFA from Texas State University He is the winner of the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation Award and lives in Austin His first book, Along These Highways, was released in 2012.
Seeing Off the Johns People in the small town of Greenton mark their lives from that day in late summer when crowds lined the streets to see off high school athletic stars John Robison and John Mijias That was the day the

  • Title: Seeing Off the Johns
  • Author: Rene S. Perez II
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  • Page: 283
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    1. I just chose this book off the shelf in the library because the book I was waiting for hadn't arrived. I'm glad I did. The story is a coming of age story that is wrapped around one boy's love of the girl he could never get in high school. Set in super small town southern Texas, Chon, the hopeless romantic, is given one last chance to win his love for Araceli. Araceli's boyfriend had just died in a tragic car accident on the way to college. What I like about this story was the connection to the s [...]

    2. When John Mejia and John Robison got into the car after saying their good-byes to their family, friends and the town of Greenton, little did they know it would be their final good-bye. These two hometown baseball stars heading to the University of Texas on scholarship have a tragic end to a promising life in a fatal car accident. The town would be devastated, especially after the parade and police escort to the city limits. Concepcion “Chon” Gonzales didn’t partake in any of the Johns fest [...]

    3. YA fictionRene S. Perez IISeeing Off the JohnsCinco Puntos PressPaperback, 978-1-941026-12-0 (also available in hardcover and as an e-book), 256 pgs $11.95November 3, 2015Tiny, fictional Greenton, set in South Texas, “a one-stoplight town built on cattle and railroads and killed by bypasses and super-ranches,” doesn’t have much going for it. What Greenton does have are “two crown princes,” John Robison and John Mejias, high school baseball stars signed to play college ball for the Univ [...]

    4. Greenton, Texas, reminds me of so many backwater towns. There are some folks with money, but most of its residents manage to get by through hard work and determination. Often, as happens in towns such as this, the citizenry put all their emotions into idolizing two talented athletes, both named John. As the book opens, the two teens are on their way to a bright future at the University of Texas in Austin, and the whole town has come to see them off. They never arrive, killed as the result of a b [...]

    5. John Mejia and John Robison were baseball stars in the small, poor, forgotten town of Greenton, Texas where everyone knew everyone’s name. These two friends, known as The Johns, had gotten a baseball scholarship to the University of Texas and were leaving the town most people knew they would never leave. As such everyone felt an ownership in the boys, feeling their success and exit from the town was everyone’s successful exit. Read the rest of the review on my blog: shouldireaditornot.wordpr [...]

    6. Read this book if you feel like being sad. It's about a small town grieving the loss of two star athletes, both named John, who die in a car accident on their way to college.

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