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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,295 Ratings  ·  1,099 Reviews
It’s time for eighteen-year-old James Sveck to begin his freshman year at Brown. Instead, he’s surfing the real estate listings, searching for a sanctuary—a nice farmhouse in Kansas, perhaps. Although James lives in twenty-first-century Manhattan, he’s more at home in the faraway worlds of Eric Rohmer or Anthony Trollope—or his favorite writer, the obscure and tragic Dento ...more
Hardcover, 229 pages
Published September 18th 2007 by Frances Foster (first published 2007)
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Mike Puma
May 31, 2011 Mike Puma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt-fic, ya, 2011

4-4.5 stars if reviewed as an adult title.

5 stars if considered a YA title.

I recently watched the film version of The City of Your Final Destination and liked it enough to pick up my copy of this book, by the same author, which has been gathering dust here for a couple months. For whatever reasons, the description on the cover just never seemed compelling enough to pursue the content, and while I could kick myself for putting it off, I find that I’ve now read it at the right time, and like so ma
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Emily
Feb 14, 2008 Emily rated it it was amazing
Everyone compares this one to Catcher in the Rye, which is interesting to me because I haven’t read Catcher, and I think I would hate it, and yet I completely see why the two books are compared, and I loved Someday This Pain…

James has too many advantages to have the problems that he has. His family has money, an apartment in Manhattan, a part time job at his mother’s gallery, and he’s been accepted to Brown for next year (though not Harvard, Yale, or Columbia). His parents are divorced (though w
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Maggie Stiefvater
Jun 18, 2008 Maggie Stiefvater rated it it was amazing
My editor recommended this novel to me and I'm so glad he did.

Peter Cameron does an absolutely stunning job of portraying James' struggles as a too-clever-for-his-own-good teen, disillusioned, cynical, and socially paralyzed. While the plot occasionally wandered and the ending was . . . just where the book stopped, I can still give this book five stars with a clear conscious, for sheer lucidity of voice. I missed James after I was done reading - I felt like I'd met him.


***wondering why all my r
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Ryan
Dec 27, 2008 Ryan rated it it was ok
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orsodimondo (a zonzo)
Sep 09, 2015 orsodimondo (a zonzo) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana
L’ARIA DEL TEMPO
Genitori separati, un adolescente inquieto (disturbato? diversamente abile? speciale?), Manhattan e sobborghi con tutti i soliti vizietti e luoghi comuni, le sedute di psicanalisi, il college, l’ingresso nel mondo degli adulti, genitori peggiori dei figli, denaro in abbondanza, ristoranti chic, la ricerca della propria identità, cosa voglio dalla vita, ecc….
Niente di nuovo sotto il sole.

Beh, la buona cucina non è solo cambiare gli ingredienti e le regole, fare rivoluzione: materi
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Sergsab
Feb 02, 2013 Sergsab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decir que ha sido una grata sorpresa es quedarse corto. Muy corto. El personaje de James es un gamberro sofisticado, un misántropo high level, un Holden Caulfield que sabe navegar por Internet y entender los entresijos de la familia disfuncional en la que le ha tocado vivir. Pero que, a diferencia de su homólogo salingeriano, no tiene la posibilidad de la huída.

A través de esos días muertos del verano neoyorquino vamos desgranando sus miedos, su identidad, su rechazo hacia un mundo del que teme
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Piperitapitta
James, in transito.

Il libro che cercavo, quello di cui avevo bisogno, proprio quello che più di una volta, da quando mi è stato regalato, ho preso in mano, sfogliato, e poi rimesso al suo posto.
Ora so perché, aspettava il suo momento d'oro, i due giorni in cui l'ho letto.

Delizioso (c'è chi odia questo termine, ma io non ne trovo uno più appropriato), ma anche tenero, crudele, ironico, liberatorio, spiazzante.

Ho voluto bene da subito a James, questo diciottene che definire disadattato o disturbat
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John Egbert
You know, this book is kind of one of the ones that you're more excited about reading than you are after actually having read it. James is one of the most frustrating protagonists ever. He hates everything. His peers, his parents, his life, college(he hates Stanford more than Brown, by the way), his life...did I already mention that? Well, he hates it double.

In fact, one of the only things he doesn't hate is his boss, John, who he has a crush on. Well, no, of course he doesn't say or even acknow
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Anastasia
Sep 14, 2014 Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0-2011
Titoli fuorvianti.

La prima cosa che mi colpì ai tempi - non ricordo nemmeno la prima volta che ho deciso di infilarlo nella mia wishlist, probabilmente dobbiamo andare indietro fino alla preistoria - era il titolo. E cavolo, scommetto che è stato così per tutti. Vaghi per siti, librerie e ti ritrovi davanti un Un giorno questo dolore ti sarà utile. E dici: oh porco spino, che titolo ispirante e intimo.
E già ti immagini uno di quei libri che sono un dramma alla Hesse, quei libri che ti fanno da s
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Marcello S
Peter, dimmi un attimo, che bisogno c’era di aggiungere quell’ultimo capitolo?
Perché sto finale telefonato?! Che a metà libro mi son detto “No, non lo farai finire così, vero?”.
Bastava fermarsi alla telefonata di Jordan.
Sarebbe stato un finale aperto e magnifico.

E invece.

Per il resto il libro è buono. E’ quello che pensavo, più o meno.
Manca un po’ di spessore forse. Magari qualche pagina in più.
Avrei voluto sapere altro su James e chi gli gira intorno.
In ogni caso alla terza prova Cameron conti
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Stefania T.
Leggere "Un giorno questo dolore ti sarà utile" ed ascoltare la (breve) storia di James è stato come tuffarsi nel più recente passato e leggere le proprie memorie da principiante adolescente.
Nessuna rivelazione, nessuna originalità, ma se spesso tali mancanze confluiscono nella banalità, questa volta mi hanno fatto sentire a casa: Peter Cameron ha la capacità della semplicità e dell'essenzialità. Un fiume in piena di sfoghi e sensazioni che se non hanno il dono della genialità, hanno senz'altro
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James
Nov 19, 2007 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is a lovely book. The only thing that bothers me is that James is not concerned about money beyond how he would afford a house in the Midwest; it's hard for me to relate to someone so well set up.

But that allows us to focus on what makes him an interesting character (in my opinion, at least). He's so self-aware that he's naive at times--his internal life rich, his external life vacant. I adore him, want to talk him through some of his problems, realizing that I wouldn't get along with him
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jo
Dec 02, 2009 jo rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all my peeps on GR
such a lovely book, and such a quirky and interesting look at the pain of adolescence, which is the same as the pain of being human except less covered by layers of fake adaptation (as the book itself points out at some point). james, the protagonist narrator, is barely more adjusted to living in the-world-as-is than christopher of the curious incident of the dog in the night-time , but the novel deftly and lovingly avoids pathologizing his difference. in fact, the only thing we know for sure a ...more
Jesús
Jul 15, 2012 Jesús rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El protagonista, adolescente inteligente, solitario y sensible, tiene algo de Holden Caulfield. También me recordó un poco a "Tan fuerte, tan cerca" de Safran Foer. Una novela entretenida y emotiva, nada densa, con momentos divertidos. Creo que, si yo fuera Peter Cameron, estaría contento.
Jasmine
Nov 18, 2014 Jasmine rated it did not like it

This won’t be going in the favorite pile. It seemed to lead nowhere. The ending was unsatisfying and I was left feeling as if the narrator just stopped narrating. I don’t regret reading it, I just feel like I missed something.

Did I miss something? Was this book really about…nothing?

I was able to take something away from it though.

I learned that I am not the only one that thinks something but can't articulate it.

James, the protagonist in this book very often answers every question with "I don
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Cristina Sobrino
Creo que es una buena novela pero que para mi gusto, tiene fallos.
Trata de un chico de 18 años con problemas para relacionarse y que tras ser admitido en la universidad de Brown no quiere ir, prefiere comprarse una casa en el oeste y pasarse el día leyendo.
Para mi gusto, el hecho de que no tenga una historia clara le resta seriedad a la novela. Creo que le sobra psicoanálisis y le falta diálogos o datos sobre los demás personajes. Me ha parecido un libro aburrido, y el final no me ha gustado mu
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TL
Aug 25, 2014 TL rated it really liked it
Recommended to TL by: Christmas present from Shaun couple years ago
Shelves: favorites
I was surprised I ended up finishing this book... the first part of it is slow, but still interesting. Around the middle of the book, something 'clicked' and I read a little faster, eager to see what happened with James.

James is a loner/anti-social... I could relate to this, I kept to myself alot (not the way James does, but I didn't care for the company of most of my peers) and agreed with some of his thinking. I don't know if we would've been friends or not, but we have gotten along fairly wel
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Sub_zero
Feb 07, 2014 Sub_zero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reto-2014
5/5

Cuando hace unos meses empecé la lectura de Coral Glynn, supe lo que era el amor a primera vista. La magnífica historia de Peter Cameron no solo se hizo un hueco entre lo más granado del 2013 sino que me motivó a seguir buscando otras obras del autor. Sin embargo, lo que nunca pude imaginar es que esas espectaculares impresiones iniciales se verían cómodamente superadas por el desgarrador viaje emocional al que nos somete el escritor norteamericano en Algún día este dolor te será útil, una no
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Ana
Dec 07, 2014 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un fragmento de la macdonalización de la sociedad en el que el protagonista contempla impávido el progreso de su propia estandarización.

Su lectura ha sido como bajar una pista de nieve con unos esquís superdeslizantes.
Me ha gustado mucho, lo recomiendo.
T4ncr3d1
"A un certo punto mi ricordo di essermi chiesto (sul serio) se non fossi geneticamente modificato, se non avessi una minuscola alterazione del DNA che mi separava appena appena ma in modo fondamentale dalla mia specie, un po' come i muli che possono accoppiarsi con gli asini, ma non con i cavalli (mi pare). Sembrava che tutti fossero in grado di accoppiarsi, di unire le proprie parti in modi piacevoli e fecondi, ma nella mia anatomia e nella mia psiche c'era qualcosa di impercettibilmente divers ...more
Vale
Mar 30, 2012 Vale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conosciamo James, il protagonista del romanzo Un giorno questo dolore ti sarà utile, nel passaggio tra l'adolescenza e la fase adulta della vita.
E questo è doloroso.
Mi chiedo davvero chi abbia stabilito queste fasi, che sono davvero una delle tante componenti che straziano l'uomo e offrono uno stipendio fisso agli psicologi (oltre all'industria di divani, come notava Woody Allen).
Sì, perchè? Per quale ragione si deve subire il senso della perdita, il lutto per la fine di una parte di noi? Dic
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Rosanne
Apr 03, 2011 Rosanne rated it really liked it
I had to think about this one for a while, because it is not the kind of book you close and go, ‘woohoo, that was so awesome!’. It is however, thought provoking, superbly written, and an intelligent take on the what it might be like for an smart and sensitive kid in the modern world. James is the main character, he is almost painfully self-aware and so intelligent it sets him apart form others and essentially prohibits him from having normal relationships with people. Initially, I got a strong ‘ ...more
Jessica
Feb 19, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it
Recommends it for: precocious disaffected teenagers; immature disaffected adults
Recommended to Jessica by: ginnie
So far -- a few pages in -- I am not really enjoying this, however (a) it's got a great title; (b) Ginnie praised it highly; (c) I waited forever to get it from the library and (d) it's not difficult reading, so I'll persevere a bit longer, and see....

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HAH! This got really good: my first laugh-out-loud laugh was on page 33, and from there on out I was pretty much delighted with this quick YA read, though the ending didn't feel satisfying, and just in general I felt the last quarter-or-so of
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Georgia
Feb 11, 2016 Georgia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Un giorno questo dolore ti sarà utile. Ma quale dolore, James? Una storia fondamentalmente inconcludente, godibile e scorrevole ma inconcludente.
Nessun dolore, solo quello che nell'adolescenza tutti viviamo e pensiamo.
Il protagonista mi è stato simpatico quasi fino alla fine, quando poi si rivela stereotipato esattamente come tutti quelli che odia.

La cosa grave che fa Cameron in questo romanzo è utilizzare il termine "disturbato" per descrivere il personaggio.
La cosa ancora più grave è tirare
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Martina
Mar 31, 2016 Martina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non so come mai, ma appena finito il libro ho deciso che ne avrei scritto una recensione. E questo accadeva ben cinque giorni fa.
E ovviamente ogni volta che aprivo il pc e mi dicevo di scrivere facevo tutt'altro. Anche adesso sto divagando parlando di tutto ciò che non è il libro, perché, come dice appunto James, il protagonista di questo romanzo:
"La Adler mi aveva detto di dire sempre qualunque cosa mi passasse per la testa, ma per me era difficile, perchè per me l'atto di pensare e quello di
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Ubiqua
Jan 16, 2013 Ubiqua rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Giovane Holden snob nella New York post 9/11, il romanzo non brilla certo per l'originalità dei temi proposti (un adolescente ha problemi di comunicazione e non sa come trovare se stesso in una società che gli pare orrendamente conformista), ma la scrittura di Cameron, ariosa e scorrevole, rende la lettura gradevole e poco impegnativa.
Offuscatio
Un telefilm para adolescentes. Un personaje demasiado dramático, demasiado arrogante, demasiado todo.
Begoña
Feb 07, 2013 Begoña rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"La mayoría de la gente cree que las cosas no son reales si no se expresan verbalmente, y que es el acto de expresarlas y no el de pensarlas lo que las legitima. Supongo que por ese motivo uno siempre quiere que otro le diga “te quiero”. Yo pienso lo contrario, que los pensamientos son más reales cuando se piensan, que expresarlos los distorsiona o diluye, que es mejor que permanezcan en la oscura capilla de aeropuerto de tu mente, donde el clima está controlado, que si los sueltas y les da el a ...more
Simona
Apr 03, 2013 Simona rated it it was amazing
Non so se il dolore che proviamo nella nostra vita sia veramente utile, come recita il titolo, o sia semplicemente una fase, un'esperienza che dobbiamo attraversare per cercare di essere persone migliori. Quello che so con certezza è che mi sono sentita vicino a James, al suo essere un pesce fuor d'acqua e circondarsi soltanto di libri, immerso nella sua solitudine. James è un ragazzo che mi ha ricordato la mia adolescenza, ma anche parte di ciò che sono oggi. Un'adolescenza piena di dubbi e pau ...more
Jason
May 07, 2015 Jason added it
Shelves: next-up-list
DNF....

I just... can't. there are far too many beautiful books out there, and this one was so lofty, dense, overwrought, and had this air of forced intellectualism. It's a wonder, though, because it started out so smoothly and had a nice balance between humor and 'brainy-ish' dialog. Somewhere around the introduction of the therapist, it spun out this painfully arduous reflection on human nature and life, which isn't a bad thing, but it wasn't headed in a direction that i was willing to spend on
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“What if she was meant to be, or could have been, someone important in my life? I think that's what scares me: the randomness of everything. That the people who could be important to you might just pass you by. Or you pass them by. How do you know...I felt that by walking away I was abandoning [them], that I spent my entire life, day after day, abandoning people.” 224 likes
“People who have only good experiences aren't very interesting. They may be content, and happy after a fashion, but they aren't very deep. It may seem a misfortune now, and it makes things difficult, but well--it's easy to feel all the happy, simple stuff. Not that happiness is necessarily simple. But I don't think you're going to have a life like that, and I think you'll be the better for it. The difficult thing is to not be overwhelmed by the bad patches. You must not let them defeat you. You must see them as a gift--a cruel gift, but a gift nonetheless.” 153 likes
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