Genre: Other Fiction
Number of Pages: 59
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Rating: out of 5
OBC Rating: 1 out of 4 stars
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Nineteen-year-old Kevin is tired of living his life from day-to-day and really wants to make something of himself. In a somewhat quick decision, he decides to move from his hometown in St. Louis to Chicago in hopes to make his dreams come true. Though as in may aspirations, the road is not always easy.
Right from the beginning, I knew I was not going to enjoy this read, so I apologize in advance if this review sounds a bit like ranting.
The writing needs another round of editing and proofing. Not only words such as “were” were misused (should have been “where”), the sentence structure was simple and repetitive. In turn, this made me have very little emotions while reading. I couldn’t really grasp the struggle Kevin was feeling and experiencing since the writing was so flat.
The only character that we really get to know is Kevin throughout the read; the others are sort of in the background. Unfortunately, I did not like Kevin in the slightest. I understand that he was nineteen in the book, but he expressed feelings of racism, hate, immaturity, and overall someone I would not want to be friends with. Overall, in order for me to like a book, I need to like at least one character, but I could not find this here.
In addition, there were several plot holes throughout this read. Clearly, there were some family issues since Kevin did not feel comfortable in telling his parents his dreams, but these were not discussed. Another example is the lead up to smoking marijuana and doing drugs was very abrupt. One day he was not smoking (to my knowledge), the next day he was?
Lastly, there were phrases that were confusing and didn’t really add to the plot. For instance, “…she would not clown when he broke the news” (Loc 685) and “It’s all good fam!” (Loc 795) to someone he just met.
Overall, the premise could be a good one – a boy struggling to make something of himself – however, this book would need to go through a big revision to create a meaningful story.