Reviews Are In!

December 2018

GREAT NEWS! I’ve just received word that Being Henry David has been chosen to be included in the recently published Wiki:

    10 YA Novels About Teens Away From Home!

This is a wonderful, very welcome surprise.

You can see the published wiki (Including video) here:

Check it out!

Founded in 2011, Ezvid Wiki was the world’s first video wiki, and is now among the top 3,000 websites in the United States. Their YouTube channel has over 425,000 subscribers, 250 million views since founding, and they have informed over $200 million in purchasing decisions to date.

Such an honor–thank you!



Reviews have started to roll in! Here’s what some people have to say about Being Henry David:

“This compelling, suspenseful debut, a tough-love riff on guilt, forgiveness and redemption, asks hard questions to which there are no easy answers.”
Kirkus Starred Review

“Cal Armistead just blows me away with an enthralling tale of a boy’s journey. An author that could be a new arising John Green, Being Henry David is a must read book.”
Books with Bite

“Armistead paints a poignant yet gritty tale, capturing the heart of people with a few crafted words. He establishes the various worlds within New York City, Maine, and Concord, Massachusetts, with a deftness that would not be expected from a debut novelist.”
Blog Critics

Being Henry David is an emotionally gripping, coming-of-age tale. The vividly written story takes the reader from chaotic Penn Station, to the gritty streets of New York City, to the peaceful site of Thoreau’s cabin. Henry David’s journey is difficult, and at times painful, but his struggle to find himself is compelling and beautiful..”

“A smart tale about a boy searching for his identity in a world that can be both cruel and kind. It is heartbreaking, enlightening, incredibly deep and smart. The writing was quick when it needed to be and slow when the moment called for it. Perfectly executed, I loved this book for so many reasons and it is a journey I recommend anyone read, not just young adult males. Plus, it is nice to see the world through the eyes of an unsure, insecure and very lost boy.”
Gliterary Girl

“Being able to bring all that out in me has placed this book in my top 10 favorite reads. Ever. I’d even go so far as saying it’s going into my top 5. It’s passion inspiring books like this that make me glad I’m a reader.”
Perks of Being a Bookworm

“Poignant and beautifully written, Being Henry David is a rare young adult novel that questions the power of the mind, the treacherous addiction we at times harbor for guilt, and the dangers we encounter when we try to escape our familiar worlds. ”
Confessions of a Book Addict

“Being Henry David was such an emotional ride, but I loved every minute of it. If there’s one contemporary young adult fiction you’re going to read this year, Cal Armistead’s book is the one you need to invest in.”
Thoughts By J.

Being Henry David is an extremely good book with a unique situation on hand. Cal Armistead brings the best of her abilities to the table, well paper, to bring these characters alive.”
Editor's Choice Teen Ink Editor’s Choice Review

“This book, y’all, this book.  I finished it a couple days ago and have been mulling it over.  Goodness, Armistead is a brilliant writer and storyteller.  This is a gripping story, infective story.  It had me reading late into the night several times just to get a few more chapters of the story read.  I wanted to, nay, needed to know what was going to happen next to Hank.”
Bending The Spine

“I don’t understand how anyone could not love this book. The romance doesn’t overpower the message the book is trying to get across nor does it stray. I could also relate to Hank as if he were an actual person, not just a character in a fictional story. Being Henry David touched my heart in a way that not very many have. I will forever cherish this book.”
A Lot Like Dreaming

“I am not entirely sure what I was anticipating when I started this book but… WOW! The moment I finished reading this book, I realized that I have just finished what has to be one of the most amazing reading experiences I have ever had in 2013.”
Forever YA

Being Henry David was a though-provoking, contemporary YA novel that will thrust you into the life of Hank, a far-from-average teenage guy, working a little harder to work toward remembering who he  is.  This tale of rediscovery sprinkled with a whole lot of spontaneity  will make readers question what it really means to live.”
Characterized Book Reviews

“A quick and interesting read, and a great, accessible introduction for young adults to one of the great authors and thinkers of the “modern” age – Thoreau.”
McMandie Reviews

“At some point in your life, you have to confront yourself with who you are, what you’ve done and what you’re going to do about it, and Armistead attempts to explain one person’s ways of doing so, as deliberately as possible. Thoreau’s philosophy rings loud and clear in this book, and proves that sometimes, you have to go off into the woods to discover what it means to live.”
Refuting The Intolerably Stupid

“I won’t lie, there were some moments I had to walk away from the book because I was crying so hard, I couldn’t read.  When I say it is heartbreaking, I mean I could feel my heart hurt.  It takes an amazing writer to give you that kind of feeling and then be able to lift you up like Armistead has done. ”
Whispering Pretty Stories

“A beautifully-written, non-traditional coming-of-age novel.”
Bettering Me Up

“[Being Henry David] is a really enjoyable read, with a strong likable main character, whose story you will want to discover and someone you want to have a happy ending.”
Bart’s Bookshelf

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