ALA Notable Book recipient David Klass writes riveting young adult novels. John is a witty 14-year-old. Dating and high school are hard enough, yet, John has a much bigger problem. His mother's fiancE abuses him. Nick Landrum's fascinating narration complements this suspenseful tale of a boy trying to survive a perilous relationship.
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"After sustaining regular abuse from "the man who is not my father," and keeping it from his mother "or else," John, whose real father "named me after a toilet," goes psychologically underground. Author David Klass allows John's "life that is not a life" to unfold through stream-of-consciousness personal observations, perhaps investing the boy with more insights than the average 14-year-old, but John is anything but average. Nick Landrum's performance of John's interior monologue is genuine and heart-wrenching, never allowing the boy's ironic, self-deprecating commentary to become an exercise in self-pity. He captures John's negative, sarcastic, sometimes surreal take on the world, making the listener understand John's emotional isolation--and his wisdom, which has grown from pain. Older teens will find John's story hard to resist. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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