I want to start out by saying that I'm not finished with this book. I'm not even half way though. I've made it as far as page 35. I'm going against myI want to start out by saying that I'm not finished with this book. I'm not even half way though. I've made it as far as page 35. I'm going against my rule of reviewing before I finish. But, I wanted to get this down while I was thinking about it.
I've been on a kick lately with books like this. "David Inside Out" is probably about the tenth one I've read in under a month. And quite frankly, so far there is nothing that sets it apart from all the others I've read. I understand I'm reading a genre, but this genre seems to have a formula:
-Introduce teenage boy who may or may not be aware he's gay -Said boy is confused about this or perhaps doesn't want to be gay -Wears a rubber band to snap against his wrist to make him try to forget being gay -He may or may not have a girlfriend (in most cases does) -Enter a male love interest, could be someone unobtainable or someone who's also gay and wants him -Boy has to wrestle with his feelings -Someone else (love interest or friend) is gay and helps him figure it all out -Ends up okay with self at the end and may or may not have a boyfriend (in most cases does)
Since I'm only on page 35, I'm not sure if this is the case with David in full. But I have yet to see anything that differentiates it from the others. In fact, despite being aware of the genre and the formula, I'm not even invested in David. By page 35, I don't even really have a sense of who he is, I don't even really care too much about him. You might say I haven't given the book a chance (and I promise, I'll continue reading) but by page 35 of 184 page book (that's 19% of the way through) I should at least understand him and have empathy for him. Yet, he's no different than the others I've read. He has almost no personality.
His best friend tells him that he's gay and David doesn't even give a response. He just sort of shrugs. What's he thinking? Is he trying to repress his own feelings? If I had a sense of who he was, I would know the answers to these even if they weren't directly given.
The thing in this genre is that there are some really good stories, but I'm finding the writing lacking across the board. In the case of "David Inside Out," it's the characterization and lack of details. I get it's a minimalistic style, but if an author is going to attempt that then a general feeling of sense should at least exist so the reader can correctly infer from the limited writing.
Anyway, sorry for the early rant. I'll come back when I get further along (like finishing it)...more
I can honestly say I can't bring myself to finish this book. It's not from lack of trying, but there's too much going on I can't bring myself to enjoyI can honestly say I can't bring myself to finish this book. It's not from lack of trying, but there's too much going on I can't bring myself to enjoy it. I really liked "Glass Books of Dream Eaters" but this one just seems to drag. It's like the convoluted plotlines from the first book get even more twisted and confusing and it's hard to follow what is exactly going on. There's too much explination / justification of why certain things are going on rather than plot moving foward so the reader can enjoy it all. It feels like too much, too fast and there's futher embellishing on facts that don't need more embellishing.
I'm actually quite sorry about this book. I was really looking foward to it after reading the first one. Just after getting half way though, I can't keep reading. ...more