Brian Kennedy's Reviews > Where's My Wand?: One Boy's Magical Triumph over Alienation and Shag Carpeting

Where's My Wand? by Eric Poole
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Feb 12, 2012

really liked it
Read from February 13 to 17, 2012

Poole's writing is fast, funny and witty. Every chapter is more or less a stand alone essay about growing up as an alienated gay youth in St. Louis in the 1970's. The only thing that bothered me, was that he tried to string his essays together using a weak through line-- that he was obsessed with Eudora from "Bewitched," and thought he could use magic to make his life better. This concept would have been funny if it had been written as it's own chapter. But trying to tie it in to every chapter made it old fast. He should have found a stronger, more complex theme to bring everything together, or just trusted that his writing was funny enough to let each essay stand alone on it's own. The chapter about his chain-smoking grandma staying at their house and battling his neat-freak mother was truly a laugh out loud reading experience.

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