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Vernon Genius Little,
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This book, without a doubt is in my top 3 books of all time. Most times the narrative is a jumbled mess of stream of consciousness that constantly flips between the average internal dialogue of a 15yr old boy to that of a 40 yr old social psychologist with 2 PhDs in modern societal pressures and methods of alienation - especially when it comes to Vernon's observations of the people around him. Amazingly, the story does not suffer one bit from it. Even with the inconsistency in 1st person narrative, never once does Pierre skip a beat or make the reader feel lost. Even Vernon's vulgar language is welcome throughout - grounding the reader in the reality of whom is speaking. And even if you ignore all the obvious societal/psychological commentary, it's just a damn good story that made me laugh out loud numerous times. It has literally been years since I've connected so much with a character and yearned for him to have the storybook ending and for all the villains to get their comeuppance. It's been so long since I've cheered for the protagonist instead of wishing they'd drown in a vat of their own syrupy induced self-importance, morality, and wisdom. Vernon, plain and simple, is a scared kid who did what most scared kids would do but unfortunately always seemed to do it at the wrong times and with the wrong people watching. Finally (how appropriate), the ending is one of, if not the best, I've ever read. So often authors take you on such a great journey only to leave you lost in the middle of nowhere in the final chapter. Not Pierre. The emotional tug of war he takes the readers through in the final chapters is brilliantly written and emotionally evoking without being tacky or overly sentimental. It also managed to tie up loose ends that you didn't even know existed, or forgot about, in the most marvellous fashion. I'm going to be hard pressed to find a book that moves me as much as VGL did (and still does for that matter). The next author I pick up is going to have a very tough act to follow.