Paper Covers Rock. What a tortuous read. Pretentious. Cliche-ridden. Predictable. Oh man, it tries to be so cool. And so insightful. And so edgy with atheism. And so ahead of it's time with it's attitudes. The main character is supposed to be southern. Not a hint of it in him. That was extremely disappointing. There are a great many books set in New England private schools. Here was a southern boys school. It would have been really cool to learn of the subtle differences in the culture. Nothing. The book could have been set on the moon.
The female teacher is ridiculous and the
main character, Alex, is so full of himself, he actually believes he's bound for
greatness, yet he'll have to carry this giant guilt around with him for his
whole tortured life. In reality, he'll probably end up in the noble, but not
romantic, profession of middle management. He imagines himself a tortured
artist. Really he's just a typical, self-absorbed hormonal teenage boy. Not
bad. Just very average. He really has no special qualities at all, except a
handful of teachers tell him that he does.
Also the female teacher, I can't
remember her name, is concerned that he'll give up on himself and go to public
Oh perish the thought!
No not dreaded public education!
what is this book trying to say anyway?
It samples as much as Hootie and Blowfish doing "I Only Wanna Be with You." So it doesn't say too too much on its
I can't even bother with the plot. I spent too much time on this
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.