During the following years he slowly recalls details from that night, but these fragments are not enough to explain what happened to him, and he begins to believe that he may have been the vi...more
The author explores the very different repercussions of childhood sexual trauma for two young boys. It's a heavy subject, and Heim does not shy away from the details of it. The reader is...more
"I'm tired of it," I said. "I want to dream about something else for a change."
I loved the 2004 film of Mysterious Skin (directed by Gregg Araki) more than I do the original novel. Scott Heim's We Disappear is one of my special favorites that I have read this year (I am a lucky dog and I know it because I have read a lot of favorite novels in 2012). That film and that novel did something that was, to me, astonishingly c...more
Disclaimer: Some of the writing here is pretty tight in places and I liked the format with different characters revealing different parts of the story... Th...more
Possibly the best writer I have read, words don't convey how good this author is, and how thought provoking and chilling his tale of two boys is. Brian and Neil, total opposites in the spectrum of personalities have a common link: their little league coach, a man who through his actions has affected their lives considerably. You are given an account from when the boys are 8 right through to 19.
At the beginning of the story you get Brian's point of view, a confused eight-year-old who doesn't know...more
The reason I bought this book is my utter love for its film adaptation. I don’t even remember how I got my hands on the film or how I got word of it, but I am glad that I did anyway. Whenever I am asked to enumerate on the spot my favorite films of all time, I never fail to include the book’s film adaptation with the same title.
And ever since I watched this film, I have been fixated with the lead actor, Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
So yes, when I found a copy of th...more
There's something kind of weird about calling a book like this beautiful but there are passage...more
For one thing, there are quite a few very explicit sex scenes in the book, including at least 3 rapes, almost all of which are with underage parties. The sex seemed to occur too often to actually add to the story. While Heim's willingness...more
Every novel that uses Kansas as a setting parades an endless line of freaks, perverts, alcoholics and drug addicts in front of the unsuspecting reader. Mysterious Skin is no different.
This (supposedly) Young Adult book is about a bunch of dysfunctional and mentally ill people who live in America's heartland. They include Neil McCormick, who enjoys being molested by his baseball coach at age 8, his mother, a skanky alcoholic who occasionally has sex in front of h...more
I wish I could say I enjoyed it more. The first half - or even two-thirds - were quite engrossing. The characters are fascinating - wrong-side-of-the-tracks loners - and losers - all searching for meaning and a better existence - whether it be riches, space travel, or a young girl's love for a gay boy. You know it's not goin...more
The book opens with a mysterious scene: Brian Lackey, 8, is found bleeding under the crawl space of his house, having endured a trauma of which he cannot recall details, nor...more
Doloroso, triste, poetico, maledettamente poetico. Un grande romanzo difficile che pur avendo alle spalle una chiara vicenda autobiografica si traduce in una storia amara sulla linea sottile tra amore e perversione. Non è un manifesto contro la violenza, non è un...more
Brian and Neil are incredible, to me. I ache for them, I plead for them, I cry for them. The misfortune they share makes them tragic by default, but the separate paths they take to rediscover and face that haunting past is a journey I find remarkable and brillia...more
The biggest pitfall I found with this novel was its predictability. It almost feels like the author had an outline and discovered that it wasn't going to work halfway through. It's very obvious, from the origin of Brian's dreams to Neil's rape, what's going to happen long before it does. Brian's dreams...more
Neil did grew up too fast, learnt thing the hard way and he was simply mad. I hate him...more
As I said, at first I really enjoyed the book, but at some...more
I loved this book, really. Having seen the movie prior to reading the novel (which is excellent, by the way. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of my favourite actors and the movie proves it) - I kind of knew more or less what would unravel but admitte...more
I saw the film adaptation of this (years ag...more
First Line: The summer I was eight years old, five hours disappeared from my life.
The story is about Brian and Neil, two boys who are sexually abused by their softball coach when they’re 8 years old. Both boys deal with this very differently. Neil embraces the experience, confusing it with love and affection, whereas Brian is so traumatized that he completely represses the memory. But he knows something horrible did happen, and for many years, he confuses the flashes of memories with UFO abduct...more
It's a little confusing to start with. Brian is eight years old and is found bleeding in the crawl space of his house, with five hours of his memory missing. Then we see him later in his life, a teenager obsessed with aliens, believed he was abducted and th...more
Neil becomes a teenage gay hustler with a taste for older men. He has few friends and fewer confidants. Brian 'loses' any trace of what happened with the coach and believes he was a victim of a UFO abduction. They seem to be on an eventual collision course in search of the truth.
Brian uncovers the true events on that terrible day long ago and Neil's participation. Neil discov...more