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Paranoid Park by Blake Nelson
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May 21, 10

Read in April, 2010

Why can't I find a YA book with a main character that's a skater and actually focus on stakeboarding throughout the novel? Slam is really about a baby-daddy. Skate is really about a runaway. Paranoid Park is really about guilt, and the author's attempt to write a modern-day version of Crime and Punishment. How many ways can you stress that the main character feels guilty about what he did? Apparently quite a few. Nelson, the author, understood Dostoyevsky's focus on the effects of guilt but missed the importance of having a police detective hunting the guilty. Readers need a chase, too, especially young readers who may still struggle with being able to feel guilty themselves.

The detective and the girl-of-the-main-character's-dreams come into the story too late, so I wouldn't recommend this one for most teens.

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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

you are completely right, no one has written a good skateboarding novel yet.

message 2: by Krys (new)

Krys it’s not that the author was trying to keep on making a person feel guilty. The people that have guilt issues are not able to control it and the author wanted to use that type of person for this book. I think that author did great write on the character and that the ending was really great and turned peoples perspectives around on people who have guilt issues and how to deal with them.

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