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Longo threads her own style of blunt, honest humor throughout this dark, dramatic work, showing that life can be funny and tragic at the same time, and adding colorful nuances that punctuate the realities in the poor side of town. The roller coaster of first love, the uncertainty of defining oneself, and the struggles against small-minded bullies unaware of their own shortcomings skillfully accentuate this engaging family drama.
Like so many of us, Curtis Price seeks to escape the confines of his financially strapped situation and the personal anchors that weigh him down, desperately trying to make sense of the world he’s growing into. He is resilient and he is determined, but the unexpected could upend everything he's worked so hard to achieve. Will his dreams fade into the drab alleys and smoky bars of Osprey Falls, or will he prevail and attain escape velocity?
I will freely admit, I am not normally drawn to this style of book . Where are the vampires and ghosts? And if I hadn’t met Longo and wanted to support her by purchasing her books, I may never have. But I am glad that I read it. And I’m particularly glad that I read it at this exact moment in time. Because I have been feeling very adrift of late and this book has left me feeling lighter, relieved even.
If nothing else, you should read this book for the masterfully crafted characters. There is a tragic beauty found in each and every flawed one of them that literally had me crying my way through the last few chapters of the book. It felt so honest.
The story follows Curtis, the narrator, through his childhood, into his teenage years and a little past where he should have ended. Through broken bones and heartache, past the struggles of social acceptance into love. It’s a very real and captivating slice of life story about a low-income kid growing up in New England.
There are a lot of moments in this story that will stick with me, but the one that hit me hardest was the funeral. I don’t really want to share the details and tear the wind out of its sails before you read it, so I will say this: It gave me hope. It made me feel like my existence and time on this planet was validated. And that each of us will be remembered.
Since I don’t read a lot of this books like this, I have no idea what to compare it to. But I’d recommend reading it if you are an author looking for some inspiration, or if you feel a little adrift in life. It may help you out the way it did for me.