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Someday this Pain will be Useful to You by Peter Cameron July 15, 2009

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Someday this Pain will be Useful to You

Peter Cameron

New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007

ISBN:  9780374309893

Age: 18+

3Q*2p*S*A/YA

James Sveck is a confused 18 year on the brink of adulthood.  Living in New York City with Gillian his sister and divorced mother, James searches for his direction in his life.  James is undecided about going to Browns University and has no idea what his sexual orientation may be.   He is drawn to fellow employee, John, at his mother’s Gallery where he works.  James makes a mistake of pretending to be another person on an internet social network.  John unknowingly asks James out to learn that James is the interesting male that John has been chatting with online.  Furious with James “joke” John threatens to quit working at the Gallery.   James is fired from the gallery by his mother for the infraction.  After being fired for the infraction by his mother James takes off to see his grandmother.  James often relies on his grandmother for advice about his problems. 

I wasn’t all that impressed with this story.  The style of writing was all dialogue or run on descriptions that made a boring story.  It took me awhile to figure out the plot because I was too busy trying to figure out what the paragraphs was actually saying.  This book is a challenging read and some college bound readers may find the story interesting, but I do not recommend this book at all.  The cover itself depicts a young man in pain with a white background.  The cover may attract the attention of readers that hold an interest for the topic, but most teens wouldn’t be interested in this type of book.  Also, after reading the first few pages most teens would be bored out of their minds.

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