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Adios, Nirvana by Conrad Wesselhoeft
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Nov 21, 11

bookshelves: grades-9-and-up, coping-with-loss, music, teen-boys
Read in November, 2011

The narrator, Jonathan, is a Seattle teen grunge disciple. And he has an arrogant “cooler and deeper than you” tone to his conversation. It’s there when he talks with his mom, as if she’s some messed-up annoying friend. Then again, that may be what she is.

The tone is most obvious when Jonathan talks to us as readers. He feels and expresses poetry and poetic prose everywhere. Shred My Heart and Free My Soul Beat poetry.

Jonathan’s mom, his teen and adult friends, and his teachers, all bow at the feet of his depth a fair amount more than I’m comfortable with. Jonathan's dependence upon Red Bull and No-Doz is another source of discomfort, albeit more believable.

And then there’s dead twin brother Telly. His main credential for deification, other than being dead, is the fact that he was the uber-cool musically gifted leader of Jonathan and all his “thicks.” In spite of the interesting twists toward the end, it’s all too thick for me.
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