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Good Coming-of-Age Tale, but I Wanted More...,
This review is from: The Starboard Sea: A Novel (Kindle Edition)
Jason Prosper, a child of privilege and wealth, finds himself kicked out of his current boarding school and forced to attend another to complete his senior year in high school; a last chance school where students who have messed up one too many times find themselves. He's still reeling from the recent suicide of his best friend Cal, feeling shame and guilt knowing his actions and confusion about his feelings may have led to the tragedy.
Jason immediately connects with Aidan, a loner who had dark secrets of her own. There is something about Aidan that Jason is drawn to; when he's with her he can somehow attone for his treatment of Cal. He also attempts to connect with others on campus, but ultimately finds them to be the same entitled guys he's been around all of his life. They get away with just about anything and feel no remorse for the hurt they've caused. Even though Jason tries to distance himself from that behavior, the need to fit in always rears its ugly head.
I found it interesting, and at times frustrating, to see Jason make such progress with friends such as Aidan, Chester and Nadia, only to fall back into bad behavior with so-called friends Krifflo, Taze and Race. Jason knew he had the potential to be better, but still succumbed to that overwhelming need for acceptance from his peers.
The scenes where Jason showed compassion and true friendship were a joy to read, but I felt they were often overshadowed by the numerous scenes featuring the others. I often felt like there were too many characters in this story and we were cheated out of the truly poignant moments Jason had with his real friends.
Overall, this is was nice coming-of-age story in which a young man truly takes a hard look at himself and tries to be better. I felt that the question of his sexuality was left unresolved and would have enjoyed more exploration of that subject.