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Hard Feelings by Jason Starr
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Oct 02, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: crime, box-7
Read in September, 2011

Average guy with few friends makes one bad decision after another, alienating himself even more. It all snowballs until it explodes in a spectacular ending. You feel for the guy, shouting at him as he takes the wrong fork in the road yet again. As a reader, you see what's happening, hear the self-rationalization, yet are helpless to stop it. And that's what makes this such a compelling read. I've complained about books where too much time is spent on day-to-day lives of main characters, and not enough on the crime elements of the story. Even though the same could be said about this book - nothing really criminal happens until you're about half done - the largely downward spiral of the character is what drives it. Simple plot and lean writing also keeps it speeding along. Absolute pageturner. Lent it to a guy at work the day I finished it. He read it within 24 hours. Loved it, too.

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