Neal Thompson

“An honest account of raising creative, rebellious boys ... fun, moving, raw and relatable.” —Tony Hawk

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Praise for Kickflip Boys:

"Thompson captures the ache, fizz, yearning and frustration of being the father of adolescent boys—and of adolescence itself, observed and remembered." Michael Chabon

“An honest account of raising creative, rebellious boys who happen to love skateboarding. Having been through the fire of raising a few free-thinking boys myself, I found Kickflip Boys to be fun, moving, raw and relatable.” —Tony Hawk

"What a riveting, touching, and painful read! My stomach was in knots page after page. KICKFLIP BOYS makes you think about parenting, nature vs. nurture, and how fast it all goes, the good times and the bad. I felt deeply for Thompson and his family throughout, and was - and am - rooting for them." —Maria Semple

“With the emotional authority of the best novels, Thompson’s prose sings. I laughed out loud and cried all the way through. The voice is brave, funny and fiercely honest. Ultimately this wonderful book is about love. Because those we care about most will always surprise us.” —Peter Heller

“I was immensely moved by Kickflip Boys. Thompson has shaped a tender, tough, powerful memoir out of his love for his growing sons and his bewilderment about how to be their father … With courage and tenacity, Thompson looks squarely at his own fears and culpability. [A] profoundly honest book and a true achievement.” —Dani Shapiro

“A provocative and inspiring memoir that delves into the hopes and fears of parents as much as it delves into the hopes and fears of the children they are striving to raise. It is about the paths we choose, and our search for the answers to the gnarly Life Questions that burden us all." —Garth Stein

“A lovely, irresistible aria on the difficult, hard-won, tragic truth that there are no thrills without catastrophes.” —David Shields


Neal is a journalist and author.

Kickflip Boys is his fifth book. 


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