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American Skin by Don De Grazia
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Apr 30, 08

Read in April, 2008

This novel was better than I expected it would turn out. It is a contemporary coming-of-age book which follows a life lead by character Alex Verdi. Alex struggles to find a group that he can connect with after his parents are sent to jail and his little sister to a foster home. He wants to become a good man to impress his father, but finds himself resorting to violence and eventually getting into trouble. His journey takes him through many phases: being an anti-Nazi skinhead, fourth months in the Army, a night manager of a restaurant near Northwestern where he hoped to get into school, then finally, to prison. He is not a refined person, but his love for Ayn Rand's philosophy as well as Buddhism help him to finally climb his way out of the hole he created himself by turning to violence.

I wish I could give this book 3 1/2 stars, but Goodreads doesn't allow half-stars.
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