Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
Uncommon Type features 18 original short stories composed from the mind of one of the world’s greatest actors, the two-time Academy Award winning Tom Hanks. The stories differ from different decades to different protagonists to different genres, yet each has a similarity… Each story features a typewriter, whether it plays a major role or a minor one in the novel.
A lazy space fanatic finds himself in a comedic relationship with one of his best friends, Anna, a super motivated, athletic person who has set herself on turning his life around. When two people who are such good friends yet have drastically conflicting personalities fall in love, can happiness be found forever?
A GI from World War Two is drawn back to his wartime nightmares while talking to an old comrade on Christmas Eve. With children snuggled into warm beds upstairs, dreaming of what Santa will bring in the morning, can such vile, war caused horrors truly have occurred less than a decade ago?
A group of four diverse friends decide to add some fascination to their life by encompassing the moon in a homemade rocket ship named the Alan Bean, after the fourth astronaut to land on the moon. Science fiction about space flights to the moon, written by the lead actor in the Apollo 13 movie is incredibly fitting for a debut novel.
AGE RATING: 14+
TEEN RATING: 4.1/5
TEEN OVERVIEW: Tom Hanks’, unique and comedic approach to writing fiction stands alongside his greatest films as testament to what he has accomplished in his career. Uncommon Type is a great read for when you’re too busy to be fully immersed in a long fictional novel. It covers many genres, each with a unique twist. A must read for summer holidays or even cosied up indoors during the winter! This novel has something for everyone.