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New Boy by William Sutcliffe
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Feb 03, 2011

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bookshelves: gay-reads, teen-reads, books-read-in-2011
Read in February, 2011

Interesting read, told from the point of view of a precocious but sexually confused Jewish English school-boy. (I'm sure at least some of that was redundant)

His confiding in a friend but not taking you too-seriously narrative style is consistently interesting and the story that he tells is familiar enough to be compelling while being honest and original enough to be entertaining.

The book suffered a bit from the same confusion as its protagonist. The reader couldn't really tell where it was all headed and while that strung you along, you were glad when it was finished but not sure if it was all worth while.

There is an elaborate "decades" party described that was the unintended highlight for me. It somehow felt more real than the rest of the book. I somehow guessed the surprise reveal a bit before I think I was supposed to and that made the later part of the book interesting as well.

Overall, this was not a bad first attempt.
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