This is a book which is cheerfully unrepentant and scatological. There are many descriptions of laxatives and furtive yet pathological masturbation sessions but underneath is a humane, generous story.It’s funny, glib, capturing adolescent male anxiety with an uncomfortable accuracy which made me recall my own teenage years. This was Roths first book and it revels in its iconoclastic glee.
I loved the nervy prose, but didn’t wholly lose myself in the book. There were relatable, uniquely masculine moments but I’ve found too much of it employed the grotesque to make it more personal for me.
One to admire rather than love.
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