Loved the tale of this foul-mouthed, sensitive, observant teenager with constipation problems. It grew on me. I loved the style, I loved the story and the ending. It's an intelligent book, it's funny and at the same time manages to be critical of American society, and of its justice system. It occasionally gets a bit much in the last part, but on the whole I can say it's definitely a good read....Continua
funny and well-written little book, and what i especially loved about it, somehow very optimistic. just turn your music a bit louder, everything's gonna work out just fine.
funny, fast-paced and with a good ending. leaves you smiling
"What happens with sassy music is you get floated away from yourself, than snap back to reality too hard. I hate that. The only antidote is to just stay depressed."
This is the very first time I realize how good a book is, but at the same time I cannot really enjoy it. It is so weird!
At first, I got irritated by the style of the author... I can understand that the main character is a poor Texan guy of nearly 16, but how many times can the words "ole" and "fucken" be written in a novel?
Then, when I got into the story I learnt to bear the language (even if a bit of irritation remained: I mean, if a non native speaker spoke that way, people would make fun of him, but it's okay as long as this language is used in fiction :-( It made me feel that my efforts to speak a decent English are vain...)
Going back to the novel, I got awfully frustrated by the way the characters act during the whole story... There is nobody in good faith in this novel, everybody acts only to achieve their own purposes, regardless of what this can cause to other people's lives. Even Vern's mom doesn't fight for her son.
As for the ferocious criticism to the American society... well, what can I say?
Being only an observer I don't know if the author is right or he just (as I hope) exaggerated for the sake of literature... Extremely disturbing.