Sunday, March 11, 2012
Narrative Loserdom by Ryan Collins
This book’s format caught my attention from the beginning. The chapters are set as journal entries, which is always fun for me. There tends to be an authenticity to the writing in this format that you don’t always get in straight narration. For the most part, this book does accomplish that.
There is a freshness to the narrator’s, Justin’s, voice. A lot about his personality is revealed in the way he writes, in the words he chooses, even more than in his actions, which is what journal entries tend to accomplish. One thing that did throw me, though, was Justin’s seemingly overnight religious fanaticism. I didn’t quite see a smooth transition between his first entries to the ones where he suddenly starts mentioning God every few sentences.
The plot is free, relaxed, with a lazy summer feeling to it (even though it’s not summer in the book). The antics of the two main characters are quite amusing, typical teenage stuff, which makes for a fun, quick read.
There’s not much of a conclusion to the book, but, again, the format tends to do cause that as well. If you like books that are just a little bit different, this one could be for you.