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Next by James Hynes
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Jul 27, 10

Read from July 23 to 25, 2010, read count: 1

I loved this book almost to the point of addiction. The epigraph at the start from Mrs. Dalloway was the perfect introduction, as the format of the story was third-person stream-of-consciousness. The themes of aging and regret were reinforced throughout in flashbacks and perspectives that were heartbreaking, hilarious, nostalgic, and often all three at once. I both liked and disliked Kevin, the protagonist, because he was flawed and very human. There was such detail provided about his past, his perspectives, and his thought process that you felt as if you knew him intimately at the end of the story - even more than his girlfriend or his wife. The male s-o-c was interesting to me, a woman, as it was both eye-opening and truthful.
It took me a little bit to get into the novel, as it's hard to accept s-o-c at first generally, but once I did, I was hooked. The cyclical nature of the plot itself paired with Kevin's relentless flashbacks and memories complimented one another and really reinforced some other themes of the story: confusion, desire for change, and being caught in a rut.
The novel was at times very funny, sexy, crude, human, and also tragic. The ending simply blew me away, leaving me feel raw... as if I'd lost an intimate friend.
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