Goodbye Mister Fifteen

So, you’ve read Goodbye Mister Fifteen. What did you think? Did you read it in one night? What was your favorite story? Share how the book touched your life by writing a personal book review below!

5 thoughts on “Goodbye Mister Fifteen

  1. Richard Smith

    Roger has done it again! In his latest missive, Goodbye Mister Fifteen, we meet an older and somewhat wiser Roger as he navigates small town life while turning sixteen, attending high school, buying his first car, and working his first job, and we even get a taste of what its like to bundle all of these into one package while attending college. You will even meet the love of his life along the way. Goodbye Mister Fifteen, like Stories from a Small Town before it, is jam-packed with a mix of humorous and poignant stories that will keep you smiling from start to finish.

  2. Ashley Kilmer

    I thoroughly enjoy reading and hearing about Hedgesville, my hometown. When I heard this second book was being released, I knew I had to have it. That excitement lasted throughout the book. Roger never disappoints! While I’m from a younger generation, I enjoy hearing the school stories about my grandfather, Robert Kilmer. I found myself reading various stories in the book and then turning to read it to my dad. He laughed and laughed reminiscing about his childhood in Hedgesville. Thank you, Roger, for reminding us all what Hedgesville is all about! Looking forward to the next one!

  3. Rebecca J. McDaniel

    Occasionally a book enters your life and touches your heart and soul. Roger has written two wonderful books which do just that for me. His books allow me to remember that, once upon a time, in the United States, there was “an age of innocence.” As a baby boomer, I love and miss that special time; but Roger’s books bring it back to me. And for a brief shining moment, through Roger’s books, I am there again. I always cry at the end of his books, not because I am sad, but because I don’t want to be finished reading such marvelous books. Onward to Number 3, please!

  4. Chris Curry

    I spent a delightful afternoon reading Goodbye Mister Fifteen. I felt many emotions while enjoying Roger’s latest work. Roger, Gula and I are about the same age. Many of the stories were a reflection of the unsure times during the Vietnam War and the fear that many of us felt during those years. He is a master of painting pictures of the innocence and simple lives that many of us have in common. I laughed and cried during my journey through this book. Roger has given us an accurate and heartfelt view of the years of his youth and the coming of adulthood. Congratulations to you and your family for remembering and sharing this wonderful book.

  5. Walt Duke


    Roger Engle’s newest book, Goodbye Mister Fifteen, takes the reader on yet another enjoyable, enlightening, and nostalgic trip down memory lane.

    Equipped with an irreplaceable small town upbringing and armed with a brand new driver’s license, Roger’s Goodbye Mister Fifteen picks up where his first book, Stories From a Small Town, left off. He continues to share both wit and wisdom through his personal adventures — and life’s lessons learned — as during those years he now evolves from adolescence to adulthood.

    As with all teens, Roger’s driver’s license opened up a whole new world of obstacles and challenges, as well as adventures and opportunities, through which he had to navigate. Roger shares his experiences of what it was like for a teen “coming of age” during the tumultuous times of the 1960s — very similar to what a whole generation of “baby boomers” were experiencing in some degree or fashion. So he not only tells his story, he is in a sense also sharing the story of all us baby boomers. Throughout the book, you will read of Roger’s many twists and turns along his road to maturity and responsible adulthood — some of which were no doubt similar to your own journey.

    With the artful flow of his words, Roger paints a vivid picture to bring alive his personal adventures. The often humorous trials and travails involving his own first sets of series of “wheels,” high school shenanigans, how he dealt with a variety of obstacles and opportunities he found along life’s way, lessons learned from his first part-time and full-time jobs, and challenges during his own college years will captivate and entertain you.

    The stories Roger shares will easily activate your own dormant memory switches and bring back (re-illuminate) the recollections of similar episodes in your own past: your first cars, ups and downs of your own jobs during your youth, your own high school and college days, and other memorable moments as you made your own transition from the human equivalent of cocoon to butterfly. Just like Roger (armed with his first driver’s license), we baby boomers were each armed with our own piece of government-issued plastic and also suddenly faced (and struggled with) our own suddenly enlarged world and expanded horizon.

    Goodbye Mister Fifteen is wonderfully well-written and well worth reading! You won’t be disappointed. A very enjoyable book! :)


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