Chris is a high school dropout who misses his mother, who died of cancer years before. He does not get along with his father, either, and will do anything to escape.
He goes to a diner, where he interacts with a middle-aged waitress, named Magda, who is like a second mother to him. He develops a close relationship with her.
But not long after, Chris’s dad kicks him out of the house at some point. Chris also discovers that Magda no longer works at the diner.
Desperate to see her, he does everything possible to find her home, which he eventually does. She and her dad take him in. But things don’t go smoothly from there.
Chris has to get a job to stay with Magda and her father, even if it involves lots of stress, such as lifting heavy objects and working outside all day.
This story kept me engaged very well. I enjoyed learning about Chris’s life and struggles. I especially felt sorry for him when his dad forced him to leave the house. It always upsets me when parents mistreat their kids.
I disliked it more that Chris had to work a painful job in order to stay with Magda. Despite that, I think that anyone would make someone they take in work, unless they are willing to adopt them. It is actually possible to adopt a young adult.
I also found it interesting to see Chris pray a lot as well as learn about other religions.
That being said, some religious statements sounded a little bit insensitive. But the religious elements were rare and didn’t stop me from enjoying the book.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the prose contains mature language. Yet, as an adult, that wasn’t an issue for me.
For teenagers, it would be best to consider their maturity levels before you consider this book for them.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
2 thoughts on “Review of “The Vagabond King: A Coming of Age Story” by James Campion Conway”
I Hope I will read it. The photo caught my eye. It’s Island -I was there 🙂 so wonderful place!
Yeah. I hope you enjoy the book too.