"A teenage novel" - "A novel written for teenagers just like you"- This had already a deterrent effect on me. But "The Pigman" is different. When I started reading, full of suspicion, I got dragged - unwillingly- into its spell.
"The truth and nothing but the truth" - the book begins with an oath. The two narrators high school sophomores John and Lorraine weant to tell their story in what they call a memorial epic. Alternately, the two friends explain their situation, how they don't like school and have problems with their parents and with themselves. Doing prank calls in their free time, they get Mr Piganti on the line, and at first pretending to be charity people, the youths and the old man become friends. They nickname him the "Pigman", as he collects all sorts of pigs.
The novels language is, given the fact that two students tell the story, not very formal, but it's still natural. Especially the change of narrator gives a deep insight of the thoughts and emotions of the two main characters and about the development of the relationship with Mr Pignati. Tension is aroused and by using many images the author makes it interesting to read.
It's a sad story, but the themes like responsibility, trust, relationships between the old and the young and becoming adultsa would indeed interest young adults. It's a good book, so why only four stars? Well, it's just that it's not the best book I've ever read (there's still lord of the riongs to compete with*g*).
But don't let yourself get deterrd by "tenage novel" and read it. It'll be worth it.