Thursday, 20 December 2012

Book Review: Narrative Loserdom - Ryan Collins

Synopsis - Justin Taggart doesn't know anything (about being a loser).  He likes girls, plays sports and has some friends.  Unfortunately his fear of rejection outweighs his ability to deal with these well.  Mostly there's Sterling, the girl of his dreams who knows how to stop his heart by not knowing he likes her.  Another thing is trying to get money with Adam, who's rich anyway so it's more about hanging out.  As for Justin, he makes ends meet by mowing people's yards with Adam, and sometimes by breaking into vending machines and selling late-night cable programming to peers (also with Adam).  But it's not like he doesn't feel bad about it, since Jesus died for his sins.  School is pretty terrible with all the work and practice, but there are a few people there worth mentioning.  Anyone who picks up his journal will be in for something, if they feel like getting through a lot of grammar and spelling problems.  They'll probably end up seeing that they shouldn't have looked at it anyway, because this is someone's private anthem of girls, grass, and loserdom. (Taken from Goodreads)

Review - I'm pleased that the author has mentioned the spelling in the journal, as I did initially think there were a handful of typos.  These was obviously intended.  I liked the idea of writing the book as a journal, it was different and refreshing.  The narrative reminded me of a modern day Catcher in the Rye in parts, adolescent angst.  I liked Justin in spite of his view that life could be better, I think that sums up many (not all)  in this age group (pardon if I'm generalising a bit here).  A pleasant change of reading direction.  2*

Kindle edition: ASIN: B0075FH5JM

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