Tag Archives: Literary

Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet (2013)

Review by CJ

save-yourself

Page count:
310 [including acknowledgments]

Format:
Hardcover

ISBN:
978-0-385-34734-1

 

Patrick lives with his brother and his brother’s girlfriend in the house their father owned before going to jail for hitting a young boy with his car while drunk driving. The same house in which Patrick is having sex with his brother’s girlfriend.

Layla Elshere is a goth teenager whose parents and sister Verna run a home worship group for Christians. Until Verna reaches high school and is tormented enough to realise Layla’s outlook might be right.

Through mistakes, missteps and misunderstandings, the lives of these vastly different characters become inextricably intwined.

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Double Feature by Owen King (2014)

Review by CJ

double-feature

Page count:
419 [including credits, acknowledgements and Welsey Latsch’s List of Seventy-Four Seventy-Five Things That Cause Unnecessary Fatigue]

Format:
Hardcover

ISBN:
978-1-4516-7689-1

Sam Dolan has a strained relationship with his father, b-grade movie star Booth Dolan, due to the countless betrayals and disappointments Booth has enacted upon both Sam and his beloved mother.

After his own life-changing experiences, Sam is forced to re-evaluate relationships, his outlook and what his life has become.

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