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Look at Flower: Robert Dunn

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Capturing the zeitgeist of 1967, this story follows a young girl named Flower as she discovers the hippie counterculture. At turns naïve and wise beyond her years, scruffy yet beautiful, heedlessly adventurous and endlessly savvy, Flower is a character for any time, not just her own. From “Cowtown, Oregon,” Flower runs away to San Francisco to experience the Summer of Love and then goes off on train-hopping, hitchhiking adventures across the USA, with stints working at a bank and at a summer camp disguised as a boy, and stays at both a timber camp and then a commune called Old Bison. A picaresque journey, this tale explores the music, romance, politics, and world-changing dreams of the late 1960s.
Good Reads Summary

The first quality the reader will notice is the carefree nature and spunk of the main character, Flower.  The reader will be introduced into the world of "hippie".  The novel is fast-paced and fun to read.  The reader follows Flower's adventures on the train to taking risks by hitchhiking.  Living vicariously through the characters is very possible.  The experiences in the novel are unusual and will take the reader for a spin.  The supporting characters don't have too much of a say in the novel, the reader will focus on Flower and her quest.  The plot is interesting, it jumps around as the main character randomly decides where to go next.  This is one of the few novels that appears to explore the true hippie world without focusing too much on the subject that a reader may be "turned off".  This novel is terrific for young adults who enjoy exciting adventures interwoven with a bit of history.