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The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe
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One of the best books I've ever had to read for school.

The diction takes some getting used to as there are no punctuations, save for the ever essential period. It takes stream-of-consciousness to a whole other level. You're never quite sure if its Francie thinking, Francie speaking, Francie recalling a memory and don't even get me started on actual conversations. You'll have to navigate your own way between who's saying what. I make it sound like its a difficult book to get through and I suppose many people have problems but after a while, you start to flow right along Francie's wavelength and then it starts to actually feel natural. With all that said, Francie Brady is one of the scariest, liveliest and utterly fascinating characters I've ever come across.

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