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*Starred Review* Though he's been accepted by Brown University, 18-year-old James isn't sure he wants to go to college. What he really wants is to buy a nice house in a small town somewhere in the MidwestIndiana, perhaps. In the meantime, however, he has a dull, make-work job at his thrice-married mother's Manhattan art gallery, where he finds himself attracted to her assistant, an older man named John. In a clumsy attempt to capture John's attention, James winds up accused of sexual harassment! A critically acclaimed author of adult fiction, Cameron makes a singularly auspicious entry into the world of YA with this beautifully conceived and written coming-of-age novel that is, at turns, funny, sad, tender, and sophisticated. James makes a memorable protagonist, touching in his inability to connect with the world but always entertaining in his first-person account of his New York environment, his fractured family, his disastrous trip to the nation's capital, and his ongoing bouts with psychoanalysis. In the process he dramatizes the ambivalences and uncertainties of adolescence in ways that both teen and adult readers will savor and remember. Cart, Michael --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"His best work--it's terrific, piercing, and funny. The novel demonstrates every kind of strength."--David Lipsky, The New York Times Book Review
"Deliciously vital right from the start . . . a piece of vocal virtuosity and possibly Cameron's best book . . . It is a bravura performance, and Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is a stunning little book. "--Lorrie Moore, The New York Review of Books
"Cameron's prose handily marries the tangled logic of adolescence to simple, beautiful language."--Peter Terzian, Newsday
"Beautifully conceived and written . . . funny, sad, tender, and sophisticated."--Michael Cart, Booklist
There is so much to love about this book. The characters feel authentic and are developed in a way as to make them charming in their various foibles and frailties. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Jenny Bowser
I was not disappointed – indeed I have ordered another of his books - The Weekend.
I was once left with a friend’s eighteen-year-old son when she left the room. Read more
Supposedly a coming of age story about an 18 year old boy the summer before he goes to college. This short book is about much more. It is worth the read.Published 6 months ago by Steven Perryman
The title of of Peter Cameron's novel is the most optimistic thing about this at times amusing, but ultimately unsatisfying novel. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Laurence R. Bachmann
I was disappointed, given the many glowing reviews I'd read here on Amazon. There are bright moments here and there, and some nicely drawn characters, but very little happens with... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Stephen
quite funny. took me back to my own high school years and their ups and downs. it made me laugh out loud quite a few times!Published 12 months ago by dawn