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.