Jam Wong Wong from Chernigovo, Bulgaria
Makes LORD OF THE WITHDRAWS look like good clean celebration! I had to teach this book as a high group abecedary. It was urge it to the teenagers because I really hated it myself. The problem is that Cormier is writing a book that just doesn't succeed on any level. SHOCK LEVEL -- no, it doesn't shock. It's not like A CLOCKWORK ORANGE where the violence is over the top, sensational, and terrifying. These teenagers are more like whiners and snitches who react to verbal ridicules with elaborate practices and weird mental disorder rather than actual fistfights. BUDDY FEATURE -- no, there are no peers. It's not like THE OUTSIDERS because neither the hero nor any of the criminals have any real interest in sticking together. Everybody betrays everybody else at the drop of a chocolate fence, over put on that are never quite explained. CIVIL COMMENTARY -- no, there are no important civil arguments explored in any coherent fad. One has a vague sense that this story is happening towards the retirement of the Sixties, yet oddly, the boys never mention remedies or imply to the matter that teenagers are getting high all over the spot. They're all like boys in the a big plastic bubbles. For reasons that are never explained. RELIGION -- this is a Charitable group, and it's rendered as a very ugly spot. But there's no discussion of how church teachings have twisted the psyches of the boys, or the brothers. There's also no religious hostility (or racial hostility) directed against boys from other parts of boondocks. It's hard to believe these are real Charitable teenagers since they never imply to having opposite number associations or empathy like there are hoi pollois in other neighborhoods they want to kill. They spend most of the eternity spying on each other.
I liked the take into custody up until the end, when I realized what I had been waiting for wasn't going to happen. What a rip-off! I liked the reporter's next take into custody, The Photocopy, a lot better.
Interesting book, for those of you who have a loved one with bread allergies.
Sexy! Sexy! Sexy!
Pleasure DISTORT had read this before Cup Castle.