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Stitches Paperback – July 5, 2012
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Tom Reimann is an editor for Cracked.com, the largest comedy site on the internet. Follow him on Twitter (@startthemachine) and at startthemachine.tumblr.com.
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The story, as you have probably already been told, is written from 4 perspectives, each perspective is different and you can definitely tell which character is which just based on the writing.
The only flaw in this book was that it was predictable, and that's still a good thing, around page 20, I called the ending. But by the time I had actually gotten there, that thought had been erased from my mind based on the previous events, and that just brings me joy, cause I was the one who was tricked. That's how much I was invested in the story. It's a quick read, 127 pages, and totally worth it. I hope we get to see more from Tom Reimann in the future, cause this was wonderful.
I don't want to spoil anything about this fantastic book, so I won't make reference to any specific plot points (there's a summary of you want to check it out). I will say that there are several moments where you will:
1) Question whether or not you're rooting for the good guys
2) Wish the author wasn't quite as good as he is
3) Wish the author hadn't given up on his psychiatrist
Bottom line is this: if you like really good, really disturbing, books, this is the one for you. Buy it today, and then find some humorous book to read right after. You'll need it.
I bought the book from Amazon, and while it took me a bit of time to get around to reading it, I'm glad I did. Short, strange, and subtle, the novel follows a trio of friends who are at dead ends in their lives and looking down the barrel of some major life issues. Pete is a dropout working a dead-end job and getting intoxicated on a mixture of alcohol and sleeping pills to make bad decisions he can't later remember. Jill is his coworker and crush; a self-harming cutter who views her life through a lens of failure. Auger is Pete's roommate; an odd, Asp-y recluse whose private hobby is performing surgery on the unwary.
While the story takes some odd turns to get going and definitely has a "first novel" feel to it, the characters eventually come to life and find heart in the reality of their setting. I find the tale as a whole is best viewed as a metaphor for growing up and taking initiative in one's life, especially in the sense that sometimes the best gift your nearest and dearest can give you is a clean break and a head start on moving on. While certainly not for all audiences (and definitely packing its share of flaws), "Stitches" makes for a breezy and pleasant read.
Definitely different, Reimann creates some enjoyably dark characters thrown into a variety of situations, from the mundane to the disturbingly grim.
I would love to see what else Tom can come up with as it seems he can go to some very interesting places and while I liked Stitches and recommend you read it, I think that after going to term with his first effort I feel he can deliver even more on his second outing.