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The Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll
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Read from January 18 to February 08, 2011

I think the best part of this novel was Carroll's voice and style. The lilt of his dialect alone was a doped up kind of poetry. That being said, much of the entries in Carroll's diary center on how he goes about doing various drugs, a topic which I found taxing to read about just as a matter of personal preference. At times I even wanted to put down the book to step away from the world that Carroll so poignantly depicts. I think the entries that I found more compelling were those that centered around why he lives the lifestyle he does.

The book, unlike the movie, does not have a happy ending, although the reader recognizes that Carroll does go on to become a successful poet and rock star. It kind of leaves you feeling a little empty and inconclusive. I wouldn't recommend this novel for the faint-hearted. In fact, I think I'd only recommend it as a sort of literary dare.
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