Book Review: C. S. Boyack’s THE HAT

The HatLizzie St. Laurent is dealing with many of the struggles of young life. She lost her grandmother and her living arrangements. Her new roommate abandoned her, and she’s working multiple jobs just to keep her head above water.

She inherits an old hat from her grandmother’s estate, but it belonged to her grandfather. This is no ordinary hat, but a being from an alternate dimension. One with special powers.

Lizzie and the hat don’t exactly hit it off right away, but when her best friend’s newborn is kidnapped by a ring of baby traffickers, Lizzie turns to the hat for help. This leads her deep into her family history and a world she’s never known.

Lizzie gives up everything to rescue the babies. She loses her jobs and may wind up in jail before it’s over. Along the way, she and the hat may have a new way of making ends meet.

Humorous and fun, The Hat is novella-length. Wonderful escapism for an afternoon.

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My Review:

5.0 out of 5 starsSo Creative and Fun

Every now and then I stumble across a story that just makes me feel good. Such is the case with Boyack’s The Hat.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some terrible occurrences and potential dire consequences. This book isn’t short on drama or action.

But it’s just so darn creative and fun.

Lizzie seems like someone I’d hang out with at home. She’s a good friend, albeit a little snarky and a lot overworked. But her personality appealed to me. The author did a great job crafting her.

That said, she’s not my favorite character. I absolutely love Hat. He has a rich history, an interesting take on life, and a curiosity about the Internet that had me giggling as I read the story.

The two of them together are magic.

This was a feel-good buddy story that managed to combine mystery with mayhem, thrills with thoughtfulness, and synergy with sarcasm. What a fantastic blend! And the music the author managed to weave throughout was the harmony to an already stellar melody.

The Hat is a great little story that gives a whole lot to the reader in a quick and tidy package. I recommend it without reservation.


C. S. Boyack will be visiting us next week to share more about The Hat. Until then, to learn more about him and his work, or to find links to connect with him on social media, visit his website.

44 thoughts on “Book Review: C. S. Boyack’s THE HAT

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  1. A buddy story is a great way to describe The Hat—with such an unusual pair.

    This was a fun review that made me grin and brought back memories of the book. Definitely an entertaining read. Congrats to Craig on another winner!

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  2. Great review, Staci! I read The Hat and enjoyed it immensely. As you say, it offers both drama and humour and had me chuckling away! A fab feel-good read 🙂

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