Saturday, April 05, 2014
Dear Life, You Suck, by Scott Blagden
The salient feature of this novel is Cricket's language, and a lot of the critical attention to this book has focused on Cricket's profane and rude banter. It is a bit over the top and likely to offend many readers, but it makes a point: Cricket doesn't really care what we (or anyone else) think of him. Once you get used to it, the language fits the character. And also, once Blagden has made his point and gets the story moving, the language gets dialed back a bit and the focus switches over to the action. But beyond that, I appreciated the messiness of Cricket's life and Blagden's willingness to keep it messy.