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This book is a novel of fiction but the plot of the book is realistic and many of the 'events' in the book can even be applied to what is going on today with a little imagination. An example is the 'sleep-ins' at ValuMart protest which isn't hard to visualize the 'die-ins' around the country currently in the news as well as ValuMart sounding a lot like Wal-Mart in many aspects. So with a little imagination I was even able to relate this to things going on today and how it would look to or confuse people growing up and trying to make it on their own in today's world. However, a lot of the book I found really strange (didn't seem to 'fit' in) and even hard to follow at times.
Since the author expressed that no part of the book can be quoted without his consent, I won't which puts me at a disadvantage for review purposes. Even so, there were many good parts of this book however it did not keep me engaged or interested to the degree I had hoped. To me it seemed to drag in many places and the interesting areas of the book seemed too few and to be rushed. As I said, some of it just made no sense to me to even why it was even included in the book since it only dragged it out instead of getting to the point. I understand what the author was trying to do (express the uncertainty, fears, concerns about life/the future) but for me, it didn't work.
* I received a free copy of this book for my honest review.
I thought the exploration of American society post-9/11 was also quite interesting. For those of us who grew up in the years following, there's a lot to relate to here.The cast is diverse and seeing Alan grow through his interactions with them is naturally a delight. Despite the interesting choice of subject matter, however, I do feel that the story could have been tightened in some places. The beginning did not necessarily grasp my attention, and a few spots throughout lagged.
The book seems to be well edited, as well. The style is standard, a breezy modern style that conveys the details fairly succinctly. Dialogue feels natural and flows well.
In a story that unfolds through seemingly bizarre yet relatable characters, and a series of unexpected though not unplausible events, this story takes the reader on a journey that many of us lack the courage and fortitude to take on in real life.
With a writing style that reveals intelligence although seeping with naivete, you are pulled into a world that really does transform Alan. And in doing so begs the questions: Who are we? Who do we really have the potential to be? What events really shape us? And what would we really be willing to risk to find out?
There are few books that really touch our sense of personal adventure, however mundane the adventure may seem. There is a thrill in the face of our own unknown, and this book digs down to discover the core of one's humanity, not simply through our strengths, but overcoming our weaknesses and persevering through whatever our lif throws at us, and having the will to not only face it, but freely seek it out.