Monday, January 30, 2012

Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic

Never EighteenNever Eighteen by Megan Bostic

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’m holding back, but Never Eighteen doesn’t not hold a candle to any book I’ve read on the same topic; the topic supposedly being one of awareness of one’s mortality, knowing when one’s limits been reached, and what one does for things to become ‘meaningful.’

My Biggest Issue with this is how a lot of it felt forced. Things progressed in the same rhythm as one would check off items on a list; which was precisely what the main character was doing. And while each item, person on that list had a story, that on their own would have been heartbreaking and saddening, shocking and upsetting, taken together, it all went overboard. A tad too Hallmark movie sad, me thought.

He went from one person to another hoping to force out a moment of clarity from each of them. And if that was his goal, well he succeeded because in the end, there were a lot of forced emotions. I felt it all to be too likely, almost as if the people were mere characters in a soap opera saying/spewing/unloading what was expected of them. Consider a dead friend and his barely coping mother; or estranged husband and wife; or a girl and an abusive friend; or another couple in an obviously unhealthy relationship; or even, a girl previously victimized and now spiraling out of control; or the unrequited unrecognized pining of one best friend for the other. All these Individual stories would have read more authentic as individual stories, but when taken together as they were here, well, ‘twas a bit too much for me.


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