Friday, February 20, 2009

15. "Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You" - Peter Cameron

This young adult novel hits the nerve of today's disposable nation, bringing with it a disposable childhood. James Sveck is the depressed, cynical narrator who considers using his tuition money for Brown to buy an old house in the Midwest. This New York City teen works at his mother's art gallery while seeing a therapist after a parent-alarming event on a field trip to DC.

While this short book has been compared to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, it is indicative of our current generation's hopes and fears. Anything mundane is stupid, according to them, and the James-eye viewpoint shows the inner pain with wry humor and intelligence.

4.0 out of 5.0 Pain Killers.


Lesley said...

Ooh, this sounds good - our teen librarian is always lamenting the lack of good, non-fantasy/war books for teen boys. I'll have to let her know about this one!

Anonymous said...

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Kristin Dodge said...

Welcome to the insanity, NightReader.

Lesley, this book confuzzled me because of the subject matter, but I think a lot of 16-18-year-old guys could relate to it. Now, if only we can get them to read it. My youngest loved the title, but he needs to wait six years before I'd feel comfortable with him reading it.