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The Frontman (Contemporary American Novellas) Paperback – December 11, 2012
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Another thing to praise would be Frechette's structure, starting with a concise and clear introduction of both lead characters (Will and Leah), then branching off to tell their stories from their respective POVs in alternating chapters. Now, this is something lots of authors have attempted lately, some of which more successful than others (Murakami, naturally). Frechette commendably inhabits both the male and female perspective, and the dueling thought processes coalesce by the end in a tangible and rather lovely way. Again, this is a unique and genuinely introspective way to deal with something that might seem familiar.
In the end, I think that's what all good writing should strive for: Taking something familiar and having something new to say about the topic. (I know, I know...who am I to say?) Frechette accomplishes this through both style and details. And, again, it's just so readable (it flies by). Recommended for anyone attracted to these kinds of stories, but might be put off by the familiar description. Don't be. It's worth the read. (And, for the record, I wish I could give this 4 and A HALF stars)
"The Frontman" captures this beautifully, walking the fine line of being poignant but not depressing. The characters (and their dialogue) are realistic, and their inner thoughts are concise and insightful throughout the entire story. My feelings for them evolved over the course of the story as I identified with them more and more, truly caring how things would turn out for each of them. There's an honesty here that not every book contains. It's well worth your time.
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