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Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno
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Dec 22, 2010

really liked it

Brutally honest and real. Meno wastes no time in skirting around life issues like sex and violence. Readers are in Brian's mind, which is not always a happy place: it's full of babble and rambling, swearing, and lusting. His voice is real, even though at times you'll wish it was fake.

The book is jampacked with emotion, and Meno's writing style is what enables this. Sentences have no pauses, often stringing down the page with Brian's thoughts. It's rushed and seemingly random. But it characterizes Brian and stays true to him. It gives the book its edge. And in a way, it poses a challenge: at times the swearing is used nearly every other word, and while it becomes a pain to read, it stresses the importance of Brian's messages and helps put readers in his place, to see how he sees.

Painfully and wonderfully raw, Hairstyles of the Damned is unique and offers a new outlook on character voice.


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