Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Dog Boy by Noel Anenberg {Book Review}



The first thing I must mention about this book is the difference in dialogue from Phosie's narrative voice and her internal dialogue. Her internal dialogue with herself is in a language different then what she speaks, which makes sense, but it is very confusing at some points, especially with the spelling errors.

Were they on purpose, showing her educational level? But then again, there were typos elsewhere in the book. I'm sure this book will be going through another editing process, since there seemed to be quite a few errors.

There was a big difference between her internal dialogue and what she actually says in conversation. It's almost as if she thinks one conversation, but speaks on another. I guess we all do this every day on auto pilot but I had a hard time keeping up with it. She speaks in a lot of clich├ęs and some of them aren't appropriate, so it shows she is either ignorant or ballsy.


It made it challenging to get through, but not in a bad way. I was determined to figure her out and take out all confusion. By the end of the book, some of it was wrapped up, while others were left with mystery. I mean, a tragedy happens in her hometown, and she doesn't drop what she's doing to attend to it. Something I found odd. I don't want to give too much away and spoil the book, so I'll just generalize it by saying her behavior doesn't always match reality.


As I read this book, I kept hoping it was going to get better, but it continued to stay mediocre. Which isn't always a bad thing, and is not in this particular case. It just had a lot of dead ends, open questions, and surprising moments. Overall I would give this book a 3/5.






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