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Castration Celebration by Jake Wizner
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Mar 17, 11

bookshelves: drama, lgbtqi, multicultural, ya
Read on March 16, 2011

The crude humor did not in any way make up for the slow pacing and simple plot. There was so much potential for conflict and discussion, but the book felt like one big sex joke with some pot thrown in for fun. I felt that the character development was "surprise, you're Jewish" or "i'm cute and basically superficial". I'm possibly being too harsh since there were some potential "issues" that could have been addressed rather than mentioned and forgotten (yes, not every book has to be a "problem" novel, but if you mention bad self-esteem, broken families, pot smoking escapism, and unresolved anger and you should at least start to resolve something). Yes, real life issues don't go away at the end of a summer, but this is a book, and I expect at least a beginning of a solution. One the other hand, the crude humor was at times enough to keep me reading. And it was a very easy book to read.
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