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Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson
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Feb 12, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: shelve-it
Read from January 22 to 29, 2012

What did this book want to be? Who knows? Henderson throws everything at this book (adoption, teen pregnancy, AIDS, absent parents, drugs, jock-bullies, damaged lower classes, damaged upper classes, FAS, ODing, straight edge movement, homosexuality,etc.) but the kitchen sink. After almost 400 pages & all the hard issues Henderson tackles, the book left me with not much to think about. Why? Because Henderson didn't focus on any one thing, she just keeps throwing out more problems & improbable situations. The characters are cartoony & not well developed. Henderson made a backdrop (NYC/Vermont 1980's) which could have been really intersting, however Henderson fumbles here as well. I feel she fundamentally doesn't understand her characters or how to weave an in depth tale.

I just finished an excellent coming of age book (Ask the Dust) & this is the unlucky follower. Maybe it was just bad timing.
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