Once You Go Back

Douglas A. Martin, September 2009.  “Pretend you are my sister,” entreats the unnamed narrator at the book’s opening, and so the reader steps inside the story.  It’s pretty bleak. The protagonist is a young boy who’s isolated from the world because his stepfather is angry and creepy, he likes playing the girl during dress-up games, and you – his sister – are his only friend and sometimes abandon him for others. His sexual urges both comfort and disturb him, and attempts at school friendships are met with hostility.  Devices such as a lack of quotation marks and pronouns without antecedents contribute to the lonely despair the reader experiences when lost in this book.  Recommended for older teens and fans of Adam Rapp and Daniel Woodrell.

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