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Makes the flip of what's trivial/important
on February 11, 2013
Honestly, the reviews comparing this to Catcher in the Rye were probably the reason I decided to read this in the first place; although, honestly, I never liked Holden Caufield. This book is about a boy who is less a wallflower and more a doormat. He chooses to allow himself to be hauled along by whatever his friends want, and never makes any decisions himself. True, the ending of the book is the reason as to why he is this way, but at no point does anyone ever wonder why. It trivializes the <spoiler alert!!> abuse he suffers at the hand of a relative. Even the drugs he does is never intended to self-medicate. Instead, they are just because his friends are doing them. Even his making out with his male friend is based never on his own sexuality, but simply because his friend is lonely and hurting and probably, I don't know, needs to make out.
At no point does he understand, even when he is told by a friend, that he needs to make decisions based on what he wants or needs. Overall, there are some humorous parts, some very "real" moments, but they are surrounded by a jellyfish character that makes decisions by not making any decisions.