7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I really don't know you, and probably never will.,
This review is from: You Don't Know Me (Paperback)
After putting this book down, after reading it from cover to cover, i took a look at my life and realized how much worse it could have been. The main character, John, is not the average teenager, he is not some happy, careless kid, and thats what i like about this book. It does not glorify youth, because sometimes there is nothing to be glorified. John deals with an abusive father-figure (his step dad to be, or his mothers boyfriend), a mother who neglects him to pay more attention to her own well being and happiness, middle class poverty, school, and just trying to be a teenager, have friends, and be normal while still having everything in his life crumble beneath him screaming in the back of his mind, while he trys to live a happy life. Through the book you almost expect any time now, the mother will finally see her boyfriend as an abusive &*(^* and tell him to get out and pay more attention to her son, but that never happens. Before anyone even really sees how wrong things are with him, his step father had suverely injured him in a fight, the first time that John just didn't care anymore and stood up to this abusive man thats taken control of his life, though nearly died after having his nose curshed in, and his body beaten. He awoke in a hospitable his mother, finally there for him. And there is not really a happy ending, just more of a realization that people don't have to know him, and expecting more than dignity shown towards him is still expecting too much.
I like the unique way that the author wrote, describing other characters with cute nick names, ie, Mrs. Moonface, or others like 'the man who is not my father' the kitchen that is not a kitchen.' it's like a world created inside that main characters head while the author still creates a reality outside this world. A little strange, but i like that.