"Wittily told...reminiscent of Larry McMurtry's The Last Picture Show." -Library Journal


"Chock-full of wonderful characters and good writing." -Dallas Morning News


"This witty, often touching portrayal of a dirt-street-wise youth's coming-of-age sparkles with intelligence." -Booklist


"I always savor the Tim Sandlin read...even though the temptation is to devour his stories quickly, I like to stretch it out as long as possible,...Angst has never been so charming." -Kim Gordon, Sonic Youth


"A lighthearted, amusing, and tender story of preteen wisdom, adult immaturity, and the fine line between....An offbeat, engaging novel." -Publishers Weekly


"Funny. shocking, downright revolting, and occasionally sad. Sandlin is a compelling storyteller.....Skipped Parts is somewhere between The Catcher in the Rye and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues." -Los Angeles Times Book Review

    "Sam's carapace is humor...He thinks like Holden Caulfield and has Joseph Heller's take on despair. His Walter Mitty-like fantasies are tiny comic gems...In the end you'll find yourself rooting for Sam." -New York Times Book Review


















"A story that combines oddball plotting and hilarious dialogue with an eye for detail and Saroyanesque love for the human comedy." -Kansas City Star


    "There has never been a coming-of-age novel quite like Skipped Parts, a book that will shock and outrage some readers...a black comedy...a bittersweet love story." -W.P. Kinsella


    "There is no more compelling subject than young human males and females coming together in the spring of their lives...A thoughtful, surprising and delightful entertainment." -St. Louis Post-Dispatch


    "A sparkling tale...a classic story of the well-read, old-before-his-time young teen and hip mom learning to cope...Excellent." -The Indianapolis News