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The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont
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May 21, 12

Read from April 22 to May 21, 2012

I was captivated by this book. I found it compellingly readable, a horrifying story in many ways, but one redeemed by a protagonist who is basically a good guy, and certainly capable of learning and evolving as the story goes on. It's got an evocative atmosphere, and really captures something about what it was like to go to school in the 1980s. I think the overall theme or message is fascinating too, and original in my experience: There's no such thing as a clean break. You can't help but remain "steeped in the triumphs" of your classmates and those you associate with, no matter how unpleasant or odious they were, all your life. Particularly true in the age of Facebook, no doubt. This novel isn't perfect (what novel is?) - Dermont occasionally over-explains and there are a few awkward passages - but overall it's a very worthwhile read.
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