Here's the thing. Today I went out for sushi with a handful of my girls. I call them "my girls" because you can't have them. You see, as much as this may astound, I Boo Radley'ed my way through high school and when the police told me to stop luring wise-beyond-their-years children with yarn or whatever in tree nooks, I shrank even farther into myself. That was a joke. I have
It was nice to feel manly, so I didn't let her in on the truth. That whole rant was kind of pointless because it doesn't have much to do with the rest of the post, except that I like talking about my girls. If this were a novel, I would have to eliminate that section even though I like it so much. That's what the editors and agents say. So that's what you have to do. Sorry if you don't like that, but tough luck. Good thing this is a blog and I can do whatever the fuck I want, which includes swearing to/at Sarah Dessen readers and petunia planters.
I included the above to merge into the topic of me not being all that masculine when it comes to reading books. Listen, I cry a lot. Maybe not when Grandma died, because she was old and decrepit and senile and I saw pictures of her on a tire swing when she and my Grandpa first got married and she was smiling really big and was not eating cat food, but I do cry when I read. I eat my sushi the fastest, though, so it's okay.
Did I just connect the two topics? Bow down. No don't. Just comment and follow.
Below are the last three books I read and guess what? I cried during each of them and upon finishing each one I sat staring at a wall blinking out tears. How about you suck my dick?
Sorry about that last part, sometimes masculinity gets defensive about femininity, which I find even more insecure than crying in the first place so how about you don't suck my dick.
My Last Three Reads:
"It was a light so brilliant and white it could have been beamed from heaven, and Brian and I could have been angels, basking in it. But it wasn't, and we weren't."
Mysterious Skin is about two boys that experience the same tragedy, but embrace it in very different ways. One substitutes the event with alien abduction while the other turns to prostitution. Told from varying viewpoints, the novel is intimate and then immobilizing. Every voice is casual enough to the point of believably, but it is a subtle casualty that is quite hard to pull off. A lot of times an author tries to sound like a teenager and says things "rad" or "wicked" too often and creates these pseudo-indie, factory made representations of teens that aren't teens at all. Never create teenagers; create humans that happen to be in the 13-19 age bracket. Author Scott Heim understands this. Who he brings to us are not characters, but real people. He didn't puppeteer for Neil or Brian, but simply gave them to us as they existed. I cried because I made friends with these boys and then I went through the motions of their sordid pasts with them as they came to accept it and look for resolve.
"Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve."
The Perks of Being a Wallflower was a book I avoided. It was published by MTV and reeked of "no one understands me so I stay on the outskirts of social existence" blah blah blah aka my high school years. I don't know why I finally picked it up but I did and I'm glad. It's about a boy with mental issues and social issues and that's about it. He's one of the most likable and naive characters I have encountered and while his voice is very simple, that simplicity is what makes it stagger to poignancy. I cried because it made me understand what someone told me once and I can't tell you want that something was because this is my blog and not theirs so it would be rude of me to blab all their secrets. I'll make it up by telling a secret of mine: I have been in trouble with the police. Ask me about it in the comments.
"Dade Kincaid is not afraid of the things of which the world is made."
The Vast Fields of Ordinary did not strike me dumb like Mysterious Skin and The Perks of Being a Wallflower did. It crept up on me. At first I didn't sympathize with the main character, because he seemed a bit too whinny and woe is me blah blah blah, but then came a strange changing. Dade seemed to realize I wasn't connecting with him and sought to win me over, which was sweet of him and successful. The plot is simple: boy comes to terms with being gay during his last summer before college. It made me cry, because it showed to me my age and waning youth. It made me want to back-peddle into the JuneJulyAugust years so I could change them to make them all nostalgic with tire swings and playground vandalism and teen romance, but I cannot trade in my nights of Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes and too much junk food and not enough friends. I realized what Dade did, that everything recesses gradually and then suddenly. It's all far away now and back-peddling only makes the bike go forward at a slower pace.
Thanks for reading,