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Brilliantly written, this story keeps you turning the pages fast to see what is going to happen. A brutal ending.
We've all know Sean, maybe you are Sean....,
James Newman has taken a serious subject and has managed to skilfully craft a story with incredible impact that looks at hate, peer pressure and prejudice, and just how far these awful things can spiral out of control. This is an important book with worth beyond that of a simple story; it highlights the need for change in the hearts of the hateful and ignorant and the importance of dispelling the fear and ignorance from their minds.
‘Odd Man Out’ sees James Newman tell a coming of age tale that drags you through many of the above mentioned emotions. It is a story of a group of young boys, away at a focus camp where tragedy soon strikes after young Wesley Westmore is found out to be gay. The repercussions of this discovery are sickening and brutal. Newman’s tale is a story that rips you apart and then pours salt into the wounds. It is a story of intolerance, hate, prejudice and the fear of difference.
There is so much to talk about in this story that I don’t even know where to start. First of all I felt as if I was watching this story quickly unravel from the forest that surrounds Black Mountain Camp. Great stories do this to a reader, they pull you in quickly, never let go and take you on an emotional journey. We watch as the relationships between Wesley and the rest of the group head south and a mob mentality begins to bubble and blister among the boys as the story progresses. If you have any sort of humanity within you then I guarantee you will cringe and squirm in your seat as you read this book, particularly during the second half of the story. The tension among the group builds and builds until finally something has to give. The boys are suddenly left alone at the camp and this is where things begin to spiral out of control. Fueled by alcohol, rage and hate manifest inside of the young boys resulting in Newman’s story exploding with violence and brutality. The ending is somewhat inevitable but certainly doesn’t feel watered down despite its rather obvious course. This is certainly a heavy read, make no mistake, Newman pulls out all of the stops in building a story that will linger long in the memory, and to do so in a novella is a truly amazing feat of storytelling.
I love it when writers bring to the fore subjects that are too often neglected in fiction. It is obviously something that James feels very strongly about and he covers himself in glory with this tight, tension-filled tale. A riveting read.
We start out with a group of @ 15-year-olds, sent on a trial of The Black Mountain Camp for Boys. When you have nine boys--coming of age--at a camp, with a self-centered "supervisor" more concerned with his own interests, you have a recipe for disaster. Intolerance of those "different" than ourselves can manifest in all kinds of ways. Maybe at first, just nasty looks and words--but even those can deeply wound.
". . . Words cut in a different way. They leave scars all the same."
James Newman takes this tale, and shows us unflinchingly what can happen when ignorance and fear gain power in numbers and morph into pure hatred and violence.
". . . meanness festers. . . the more it consumes, the hungrier it gets."
This is a powerful, emotional read that sadly mimics the truth around us in so many ways. The choices we make--or do NOT make--can be based on more than just our personal beliefs. Other factors including "wanting to fit in", "peer pressure", and going along with something because it's easier than speaking out against it. These are the things we, and our children, face every day. If nothing else, this book may make you think upon things a little more when those "hate crimes" show up in the local news stories.
A truly remarkable read--highly recommended!
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