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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grade: A-, January 10, 2013
This review is from: Rage Is Back: A Novel (Kindle Edition)
(Note: Viking Press provided me with a copy of Rage Is Back for the purpose of this review.)

Grade: A-

L/C Ratio: 60% Literary / 40% Commercial

Thematic Breakdown:
30% - Graffiti
25% - Family drama
15% - New York City
15% - Humor
10% - Drugs
4% - Race
1% - Sci-Fi

Addictiveness: High
Movie Potential: 1 Thumb Up
Re-readability: Medium

The strength of Adam Mansbach's new novel is its narrator, Dondi Vance. He's half-white, half-black, part drug-dealing gangster, and part preppy schoolboy. But most importantly, he's an entertaining and engaging storyteller. Rage Is Back works so well because Dondi is far enough removed from his father's circle of graffiti artists that he can hold the reader's hand as they dive into a fascinating subculture together.

Mansbach clearly put a ton of research into crafting an authentic tone for the novel. The slang and nicknames used by the characters make Rage Is Back a challenging read at times, but the goals of those characters are never obscure and the central plot is never cloaked.

The random sci-fi tidbits and literary jokes in Rage Is Back take an already innovative story to a new level. And somehow, Mansbach manages to squish an astounding number of characters, themes, and ideas together without ever sacrificing the book's heart.
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Initial post: Jan 12, 2013 7:55:08 AM PST
PHL1111 says:
I love how you broke this novel down by percentages - very helpful.
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