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Perv--a Love Story by Jerry Stahl
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Apr 14, 2010

really liked it
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Read from April 18 to 19, 2010

Although this book is very dark, it also encompasses a hopeful feeling. It is so well-written, so distorted coming-of-age that I couldn't help but be drawn into this vulnerable and dysfunctional world, always rooting for the unlikely Bobby as he searches to find meaning in his life. Although at times vividly graphic and sexual, the novel also has moments of humor that are so abruptly inserted into the narrative that their chief effectiveness lies in timing and not necessarily subject matter.

At times I found this novel appalling, but in a curiously evocative way. The relationship between Bobby and his mother caused a physical reaction, a brief erratic racing of the heart. I pitied her, yet loathed her, wanting Bobby to find a way to be free of the toxicity of his conflicted relationship with her.

Definitely an all around win.
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