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Fun with flashes of insight but flawed
on June 30, 2010
I was intrigued by the premise of "Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn" and thought that Sarah Miller had many insights about prep school, teenagers, and people in general. My biggest issue with the book is that the reader is not supposed to know who is reading Gideon's mind. This makes it difficult because when the mind reader is revealed, the plot doesn't hold together. At least twice Gideon goes to a classmate and is questioned about information that he and the mind reader should already know and once the mind reader is revealed, it seems like Miller is intentionally trying to throw off the reader to sustain the premise. Also, Molly McGarry's patience, wisdom, and understanding require almost as much suspension of disbelief as the premise of the mind-reading. A fun, light read, though. Less drama and social commentary than "Prep" by Curtis Sittenfeld or "The Fundamentals of Play" by Caitlin Macy. I would recommend "Prep" and "The Fundamentals of Play" over this book in most cases, but at most of the characters seem content at the end of this book, whereas the same could not be said for the other two.