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here the attempts to be witty are too few and too lame. The subject matter is slightly disturbing and there ...
on 26 May 2016
The writing style is very reminiscent of and derivative from Bret Easton Ellis's first books, Less than Zero, The rules of attraction. It's hard for me to say why those books worked for me and this doesn't but the style here seems contrived and derived. There's a desire to shock and offend and the vacuous and dissolute character of the main protagonist simply irritates, at least Bret Easton Ellis made his morally bereft characters vaguely intriguing and attractive and it was original when he wrote in this disassociated narrative-avoidant style., here the attempts to be witty are too few and too lame. The subject matter is slightly disturbing and there is very little in it to engage the interest. The title more or less gives the whole premise away - A woman and an underage male have a cyber romance leading to a relationship, this makes the story slightly predictable, a sex reverse of Nabokov's Lolita.
I found the book very unsatisfactory and gave up a third of the way through. I can't imagine there's anything to redeem it in the second two thirds, he meets her, some graphic sex detail and then some vaguely enigmatic, head scratching and unsatisfying ending though, I dare say I didn't have the stomach to get that far.