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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron
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Dec 07, 2007

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This novel displays a unique adolescent voice in the narrator, James Sveck. I'm not sure I will ever understand his particular type of angst since his actions often seemed irrational to an extreme combined with an inexplicable predilection for misanthropy. The difficulties of teenage life living with a divorced mother are ratcheted up almost to the breaking point. However, his close relationship with his grandmother was an anchor both for the narrator and the reader. Overall the book was more than merely entertaining and ended on an upbeat note, which was a plus for this reader.
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