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Upside Down Independence Day

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Effortlessly tongue-in-cheek, this book takes a funny jab at the political atmosphere of the American Midwest.

         Upside Down Independence Day by Gregg Sapp is a light satirical novelette that discusses the political binary of the American Midwest through the rivalry between the liberal Antaeus College in Golden Springs and the nearby conservative town of Coon Creek. Mazie is a creative writing student on a residency in Antaeus who hides her whereabouts from her family and her Coon Creek origins from her friends as she looks to discover her own affiliations. A myriad of other strong characters also take over the story by chapters and showcase their own tiredness or enjoyment of their own surroundings, from Mazie’s professors to her new friends, old friends, and family.

               This book is written in easy, simple writing that is easy to follow. It is already written from an author’s perspective, as Mazie and her creative writing class are often reflecting on the power of words and the importance of communicating bold ideas. This is a recurring topic for them which makes Mazie sometimes uncomfortable, as fiction is often a bold mix between lies and truth and voicing opinions often creates contention for many.

               The characters are well-written and come alive through the story. Although the book is short, each character already comes laden with a structured background and a strong and established personality. Although this is of course enjoyable, when the book reaches its ending, it does leave the reader feeling as though every character had a lot more to say and contribute to the story. This story is however part of the “Holidazed” satire series, and although I myself have not read other books in this series, other readers might like to get their tongue-in-cheek Midwestern politics from here.

               Upside Down Independence Day finishes too early for its storyline, but this is a testament to how strong the writing is and how well the characters are developed. The lighthearted, eye-rolling humor is a blithe take on the narrow-minded politics (and followers) that can be found in both educated and uneducated America. Although there is no resolution or any real meeting-point between liberal and conservative here, reading of the people who have grown up in one way strikes some empathy as well as some insight into how much further work American politics still need. Overall, this book is a funny and cursory take on the pettiness and fallacy that often make up the American bipartisan political system.    

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About the author

Gregg Sapp is author of the “Holidazed” satires. To date, four titles have been released: “Halloween from the Other Side,” “The Christmas Donut Revolution,” “Upside Down Independence Day,” and “Murder by Valentine Candy.” Previous books are "Dollarapalooza" and “Fresh News Straight from Heaven.” view profile

Published on June 08, 2020

Published by Evolved Publishing

50000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Humor & Comedy

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