Saturday, April 21, 2012

Book Review: Narrative Loserdom: From Journal One by Ryan Collins

PG-13, 3 stars

Narrative Loserdom is the journal of a young high school male.  I felt like I was reading a Seinfeld-esque journal.  It was a story about nothing, about a boy's year in high school.  There was no high or low.  It just was.

In some ways it was interesting, in some ways it wasn't.  I think it was a unique idea for a story, but could have been better fine tuned.  The story is set in 2001 and it's funny reading about Justin, the journaler, watching music videos on MTV.

Justin is trying to be Christian. He's been saved.  He doesn't put himself in the best environments, though, especially with his friend, Adam.  He tries to break into a Coke machine for money.  He's always trying to get free cable and look at porn.

There was no real plot, so to speak.  The story is just about daily events in this boy's life.  He has a crush on a girl who doesn't like him back.  He spends time with different friends.  The story's just not very exciting.  There's no thrill.  There's no ride.  Where's the adventure?

However, I did enjoy reading the book.  Each chapter was short and easy to get through, not that I need that in a book.  I did rate it 3 stars, because it is not a bad story.

I read this book as a review request from the author and as an ebook using the Kindle App for my laptop.  All opinions are my own.


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