Reviews for hymnandme

"Barbara Buck is truly a creative and brilliant writer. Her voice, which is primarily taken up by the shiftless, uneducated but streetwise protagonist, a person who lives in a building called "the Ark" in Los Angeles, is both clever and hilarious. The reader is regaled by the protagonist's outlandish mental commentary while narrating the arrival and befriending of the prophet Jesus, otherwise referred to as JC.

The messiah, coming for the second time among mankind, reveals his open-hearted, sufi-like message to the consternation of many, thereby underlining the spiritual problem that lies at the core of the human experience: intolerance, discrimination and worship of religions rather than of God.

Before JC (Jesus) actually gets to this message (which at first comes out in increments), we are introduced to a host of delightful and entertaining characters, not the least important of whom is the self-proclaimed prophet John Noman, a surfer who has the skill to delude ten year olds into believing he is the messiah returned.

Another important character is Louis, whom I was charmed to read described as "old," being perhaps 40. He is the scholar of the cast and is able to wield the intellectual arguments that Buck knows are important to work into the plot.

I loved the narrator's voice. I loved the hilarity of weaving "for Christ's sake" into so many sentences, unintentionally, as it were. Buck does a masterful job of using funny spellings or finding amusing homonyms to be employed by her narrator. I applaud Buck's unconventionality and her amazing creativity. No doubt she will gain large numbers of loyal readers as her trilogy progresses. " -Judge, Writer's Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards


"hymnandme had me at page one. It is wildly imaginative, funny, poignant and provocative in a second coming of J.D. Salinger kind of way. Barbara Buck has a unique voice that will appeal to a wide demographic of readers. It's a well written, laugh out loud book with characters and dialogue that won't get out of your head." Jeff Eagle, award-winning screenwriter and winner of the Telluride IndieFest for "The Count of Monte Ceito"


"Rarely have I found a novel that is this spiritual and so fun to read." Ann Ulrich Miller, novelist and publisher of the metaphysical newsletter, The Star Beacon.


Amazon Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Clever and Incredibly Profound, June 2, 2012 By LA
This book touched me deeply. It is funny and thought-provoking, wise and sophisticated, in a sort of appeal-to-all kind of way.....Barbara Buck delivers poignancy and inspiration through the back door, allowing story, humor and colorful characters to have the spotlight. I couldn't put it down!

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, July 1, 2012 By JEM
I would lend this book out to friends but I'm afraid I'd never get it back! Hymandme is a spectacular, inspirational book - one that I never knew I needed to read. The characters are personable, their plight interconnected, their messages intertwined with humor and humanity. The author's easy style is aglow with simplicity and wonderment - I am on the edge of my seat for MORE! This is a book I will read over and over again.

5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful and hopeful book, June 22, 2012 By ds
This book is absolutely wonderful - funny, touching, uplifting and enlightening. Barbara Buck is a brilliant writer who has given us a book that should be read at least once a year. Her thought provoking subject matter combined with the engaging writing makes this a book that should be on every bookshelf. She makes you laugh, cry and most importantly think. Her characters (and they are characters) draw you completely into the story and you find yourself wishing you were there with them. Highly recommend!

5.0 out of 5 stars AN EYE-OPENER, June 20, 2012 By Dot
Just finished Barbara Buck's book hymnandme. I loved the off-beat characters especially the protagonist whom I found to be so endearing and funny. Was it really Jesus who came to hang-out with the odd bunch at the old apartment house? Buck's off-beat Jesus has me thinking still. Did Jesus heal the sick-or did they heal themselves? This book? Food for thought! Don't miss it.

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, June 18, 2012 By MD BRANN
I really liked this book. It spoke to me in ways few novels do and had that quality - that not-wanting-it-to-be-over feeling you don't very often see in todays fiction. In a Holden Caulfield meets "Illusions, kind of way, Barbara Buck creates a character driven novel with a message: From the naive, directionless narrator, who lives in a tenement populated with a strange and quirky group of diverse characters, to a mysterious man claiming to be Jesus, who seems out of his element in this modern world, yet tries to bring us back to the center we've essentially forgotten. Hilarious and brilliantly written, you'll be sneaking reads throughout the day - to that ending you never quite saw coming.

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended, June 2, 2012 By MAC
This book is a great read!!! I laughed out loud throughout! Ms. Buck did a fantastic job giving the reader much to think about in such a fun, well-written book, which I feel will be universally well-liked.

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, June 23, 2012 By B. Link (CT)
I have recently finished reading the book "hymnandme" by Barbara Buck. It is very unique and I enjoyed it immensely. What a sense of humor she has! D.Link

Goodreads Reviews

Nov 24, 2012 Laurel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Full of heart and intellectually stimulating - what more could you want from a novel? Great storyline, a wonderful quirky cast of characters? This book has those...and will keep you laughing all the way through it - while pondering the important issues so raucously presented. WWJD? I'm pretty sure he would run, not walk to read this book....whomever the heck he is.

Jun 24, 2013 Julia Simpson - Urrutia rated it 4 of 5 stars
I am Muslim, not Christian, but then again, this novel has a message that transcends narrow minded Christian dogma (and narrow minded everything else dogma). I thought the narrator was funny as all heck--a bum in Los Angeles, with a street voice. I liked the message and the ending. It is very hard to maintain a voice like that, but Buck does it.