Jenn Mather Nessen's Reviews > Permanent Obscurity: Or a Cautionary Tale of Two Girls and Their Misadventures with Drugs, Pornography and Death

Permanent Obscurity by Richard Pérez
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May 30, 2010

really liked it

I enjoyed Permanent Obscurity, a story about two girls in their early twenties (I'm guessing), who are struggling with issues of sexual identity and drug abuse. It is written in a style that is gritty, yet can be funny an entertaining at the same time, with the predicaments that Sabrina and Deloris get themselves in to trying to make money. Unfortunately, their attempts to make money to pay for drugs end up in disaster every time. The book also contains graphic sexual content-as warned on their website (which the author and publishing company did an excellent job giving proper warning for those who might be offended). For the most part, the book kept me engaged, and was fast paced reading. There was a point at towards the end of Part I and the beginning of Part II, that had me questioning the condition of one of the characters who had been diagnosed with a condition which she would have had obvious symptoms at that point, with or without treatment, and the book just went on about partying. Eventually after about maybe fifty pages, her condition was mentioned again, answering my question. The story in some ways, reminded me of the movie “Kids” (1995); mainly, it was because of the reckless and irresponsible behavior of the characters. I think this would make an interesting independent film.
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