Overview

His minivan is his chariot. His mower is his weapon. Enter the whimsical world of suburbia’s favorite underdog.

Author Philip Rivera is a father to three, a husband to one… and a hero to all. When he’s not fighting crime in his fighter-jet-cloaked-as-a-minivan, he can be found teaching high school and patrolling the ‘hood for story material. He’s the man who’s making mortgages, meatloaf, and the middle-class sexy again.

In Suburban Luchador: Memoirs from Suburbia, Philip turns his ordinary family, marriage, and teaching scenarios into offbeat and humorous slice-of-life adventures that collide day-to-day humdrum with imagination. For every mild-mannered, undiscovered underdog who thought they were the only ones envisioning daily life as a music video or an epic movie scene, this is a heart-warming and comically self-deprecating look at the wondrous, valiant and touching moments in our everyday lives.
Tag-team with Philip in Suburban Luchador: Memoirs From Suburbia, and ride shotgun on a road trip of domestically epic proportions.

My Review

I enjoyed reading this series of delightful short stories that take everyday family life to a whole new level. Philip Rivera, a suburban father shares humorous events and uses his family as the main cast. I think those who are already parents will relate to most situations and those who aren’t will be introduced to the unexpected thrills and misadventures of parenthood.

Although the situations described are funny on their own, it’s the way the author tells the story that makes it such a fun read.

“And so the cycle of innocence found, lost, found again, and finally

lost is complete. Just as a peanut is neither a pea nor a nut… and a

thighmaster is neither a thigh nor a master… so our hero learned that

Netflix and Chill means neither Netflix nor Chill.

And if you’re just learning this for the first time, welcome to the

end of your innocence.”

 

After a brief encounter with a Sons of Anarchy biker:

“One day, I’m going to start a minivan gang. That’ll show these Sons of Anarchy.

We would be called the Sons of Suburbia and our Suburban Steel Stallions, with high MPG, multiple airbags, cup holders and designer car safety seats, would rule the highways… and the preschool pickup line. “

 

Describing fun time with moms and toddlers at a library:

“It was like a nightclub rave… at 10 am… for moms and toddlers… in a library.”

 

I thought this is such a beautiful description of love that I must include it in my review!

 

“If you ask me, “What is love?” I’ll reply, “Baby don’t hurt me.” Then I’ll tell you that true love is finding that special someone who will forsake all coolness and unashamedly jam out with you to Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” in front of a group of strangers. That is love.”

 

At some point, we learn that the author is a math teacher. Who knew math teachers have a sense of humor? I didn’t. Mine were boring and scary (sometimes at the same time!).

Please don’t skip the hilarious footnotes. Here’s a sample:

 

“*Such as 8/⎷6. For some reason, math believes radicals in the denominator are evil and must be eliminated. Very useful survival skill if we are ever attacked by a race of aliens called “The Denominators”.”

 

“This man needs help with math!” he ordered as if he were yelling
for a medic to rush to the aid of a maimed soldier.
“He needs a little more than help,” I said, “he needs a math miracle.
Maybe you could come up with a special PT exercise for him… like
math push-ups.”

More

You want my opinion? Buy the book, read the story, have a good laugh! Enjoy!

You can find Suburban Luchador: Memoirs From Suburbia, by Philip Rivera here!

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2 Replies to “Book Review – Suburban Luchador: Memoirs From Suburbia, by Philip Rivera

  1. Increíblemente maravilloso! Excelente modo de exponer en humor las travesías de un día familiar. Las experiencias vividas junto a nuestros hijos y bienes personales. No se puede dicertar de mejor modo y con elocuencia natural de niño soñador aunque, padre, adulto y capacitado; vemos el mundo maravilloso de la vida como un niño. Disfrutando libremente y sin limites de la imaginación en la vida familiar

    1. Hola, Irma! Tomé español en la universidad, pero eso fue hace años y mi vocabulario es limitado. No hablo español pero entiendo lo suficiente. Gracias por compartir tus pensamientos. Me encantó el libro también. ¿Hay una versión en español también o la lees en inglés?

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