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text 2015-10-20 00:36
Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American Review
Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic AmericanAndy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American by Daniel de Visé
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I grew up watching The Andy Griffith Show with my parents and I still watch it to this day. Something has to be said for a TV show that has never been off the air since its premiere. I believe the fascination is based on the down-home feel, those simpler days, and of course the comedic timing of Andy Griffith and Don Knotts.

If you have read any of my reviews before, you know that I like it when the book I am reading mentions a place I have been before or my home state of West Virginia. This book has both of those aspects. Don Knotts is from Morgantown, West Virginia and I have been to Mt. Airy, North Carolina a couple of times. I was there just this summer, taking my parents to the Andy Griffith Museum and to do the squad car tour. I highly recommend taking part in those and going downtown to see all the Andy Griffith related shops, if you're in the vicinity of Mt. Airy. Also, a little fact I didn't know before reading this book, Don's father was sent to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, WV, which I also visited this past summer.

Biographies give us the stories of the people behind the image that is portrayed on screen, or on stage. We sort of place them up on a pedestal and admire the character they play, but when you start to read about their real life, who they really were, sometimes it bursts the perfect bubble we placed around them. This book is no different. So if you want to keep you're fabricated ideas of who Andy Griffith and Don Knotts were based on their characters, you probably shouldn't read this book.

My favorite part of this book was the stories of their childhoods. There were a lot of similarities, even though they didn't know each other then. It was almost as if they were destined to become friends when they took the stage together in No Time for Sergeants. They worked well together because of their chemistry off camera. Their friendship would last a lifetime.

The book started to taper off a little when the only thing being discussed were the movie and stage appearances they were making. Although I did learn of a couple of titles I had never heard before. I also learned a few new things such as Andy could hold a grudge like nobody's business and Don took Barney's last name from Fife St. in Morgantown.

I have to commend the author for his thorough research and interviews, citing every piece of information at the end of the book. Andy and Don has served its purpose. It's informative. It made me laugh and caused me to tear up. Most of all, it shows us that although no one is perfect, you can have a friendship that's close to it.

I greatly recommend this book to fans of the show!

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review 2011-03-02 00:00
After Burn (Military Brats, #1) - Sherry... After Burn (Military Brats, #1) - Sherry D. Ficklin, Sheri Knotts Sherry Ficklin writes such great Young Adult Heroines. They are strong, independent and don't let anyone boss them around. Reece Barnet in After Burn is no exception. Moving from school to school is something that Reece is used to. After all, her dad is an officer in the Marines. He's just been transferred to Cherry Point Marine Air Station in North Carolina. Reece isn't looking forward to starting over yet again-but she lucks out and finds friends on her first day with Kayla, Derek and Paul. That's not all-one of the popular guys in school Greg, notices her on the first day as well. Reece isn't used to all this attention because in her last school she became a social pariah when she called the police on a party when she discovered her best friend passed out from drugs there.

No sooner has Reece started feeling her way around school and her new friends then bomb threats start being called into her dads squadron. When she finds out that they think the threats are coming from a student at her school she starts looking into it on her own, because she thinks that the people in charge aren't really doing enough to find out the person responsible. Along the way though, she has to decide which guy she likes more Paul, who has a crush on her or Greg who she thinks isn't being entirely honest with her and is the number one suspect on her list...but he can't be responsible for the threats, can he?


One of the things I loved most about After Burn, besides Reece being such a great character, was that I really felt like I was living on a military base and felt like it was like to be a military brat. The setting was just a nice change of pace from all the YA paranormal books I generally read. The romance triangle was really well done, and I found myself going back and forth between Paul and Greg but in the end was happy with who she ended up with. I also enjoyed the girl friendships that Reece had-it seems like in so many YA books the heroine just hangs out with guys or gets so wrapped up in the romance triangle that they forget that they have friends. I only had one small problem with this-it took a long time for the actual mystery to happen...however the storyline preceding it was needed, and I enjoyed getting to know all the characters involved. I can't wait to read another Military Brats book!
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review 2011-03-02 00:00
After Burn (Military Brats, #1) - Sherry... After Burn (Military Brats, #1) - Sherry D. Ficklin, Sheri Knotts Sherry Ficklin writes such great Young Adult Heroines. They are strong, independent and don't let anyone boss them around. Reece Barnet in After Burn is no exception. Moving from school to school is something that Reece is used to. After all, her dad is an officer in the Marines. He's just been transferred to Cherry Point Marine Air Station in North Carolina. Reece isn't looking forward to starting over yet again-but she lucks out and finds friends on her first day with Kayla, Derek and Paul. That's not all-one of the popular guys in school Greg, notices her on the first day as well. Reece isn't used to all this attention because in her last school she became a social pariah when she called the police on a party when she discovered her best friend passed out from drugs there.

No sooner has Reece started feeling her way around school and her new friends then bomb threats start being called into her dads squadron. When she finds out that they think the threats are coming from a student at her school she starts looking into it on her own, because she thinks that the people in charge aren't really doing enough to find out the person responsible. Along the way though, she has to decide which guy she likes more Paul, who has a crush on her or Greg who she thinks isn't being entirely honest with her and is the number one suspect on her list...but he can't be responsible for the threats, can he?


One of the things I loved most about After Burn, besides Reece being such a great character, was that I really felt like I was living on a military base and felt like it was like to be a military brat. The setting was just a nice change of pace from all the YA paranormal books I generally read. The romance triangle was really well done, and I found myself going back and forth between Paul and Greg but in the end was happy with who she ended up with. I also enjoyed the girl friendships that Reece had-it seems like in so many YA books the heroine just hangs out with guys or gets so wrapped up in the romance triangle that they forget that they have friends. I only had one small problem with this-it took a long time for the actual mystery to happen...however the storyline preceding it was needed, and I enjoyed getting to know all the characters involved. I can't wait to read another Military Brats book!
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