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An awful book
on 22 November 2001
This book is terrible. Simple. I am no way condoning child abuse, and the abuse the child suffers at the hands of his mother is terrible, but as a work of literature it is awful. I think that many people feel that they have to like the book because of the horrible situation that the child is put in. It is just page after page of abuse which has no literary effect whatsoever. It's just; my mom beat me, then she made me eat my own vomit, then I was left in the basement...etc.
It is also very 'american' with an Oprah kind of 'turn that frown upside down' syndrome. How he feels he is a better person because of it and he has been able to 'grow' since, and how he appreciates life more than anyone could understand. There is no actual narrative to the novel, we don't know how he got out of the situation, what happened to his mother and the rest of his family or anything outside of the abuse, whether it is an attempt to get you to buy the other books in the series I don't know - it certainly didn't work with me though.
You'd be better off spending your money on 'Once in a House on Fire' by Andrea Ashworth, or 'Sarah' by J.T. LeRoy - books with similar themes but incomparible when it comes to literary talent.