Authors Alex Parker and Kathy Clark allow the reader to go on an inside journey of the experiences on a local college campus when the draft of the Vietnam War takes place. In the book, "Life's What Happens" you are allowed to see the good, the bad, the happy and the sad when this event occurs within the lives of these students. While approximately 850,000 men's lives were changed by the lottery draft, this book allows you to see and feel how it affects those on the campus at Kent State. This book reaches into the hearts of nine young college men who will forever be impacted. Their friends, girlfriends, parents and families are greatly stirred by what is happening both around them and to their loved one.
There are stories of how these young men find love, live in a frat house, and experience the understanding of a house mom who reaches out to help guide them along this journey. There is the priest of the school who eats with them and tries to influence them in a positive manner. Living in this local college town community builds a close bond with the local business owners, which help these young men and women while away from home.
While I enjoyed the premise of the book, I do wish it had been shorter in length. I got a little weary of too many stories leading up to the portion about the draft. While I understand the need for the stories of various students, I feel that it could have been written tighter and still been just as effective.
3 of 5 stars