not quite a classic, but good,
This review is from: Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16 (Hardcover)
"I was born Ugly". The first sentence of the first chapter. And maybe he was, but his writing is beautiful. The younger son of deaf parents, who seperated, then divorced, he moved with his mom and brother to CA. to live with grandma. Money was tight, he struggled to find himself and fit in. Unfortunately, his fit was a crowd of druggies, stoners, rebels, loners. Kids with low self esteem, addictions, compulsions and anger issues. He lied, stole, screamed at his mother, hit her She was just as tough, never gave up on him. Ultimately, he found himself again, after hitting rock bottom, failing out of schools, and rehab multiple times. He finally got it together and found the resolve to leave his eclectic group of misfit friends. I cried at the end, when he graduated college, and signed I love you to his mother and she signed back. When he told his dying grandmother he graduated and she said, "of course you did" and when his best friend Donny, who also left the group after hitting rock bottom, called him to the hospital, where Donny's wife had just given birth. I didn't give it 5 stars, because like another poster, I thought the book was a tad long, redundant, repetitive at times. I found myself getting restless and antsy about 2/3 of the way through. All in all, a good book.