Thursday, February 02, 2006

Funny Little Monkey

So this has been on my "to read" pile for about a year now.

What do I think?

I don't know.

This is a very odd feeling. I have no idea who was lying, or what really happend in this book. Arty is an extremely unreliable narrator and I still feel like I could use half the story.

Arty and Kurt are fraternal twins. Extremely fraternal. Arty is stuck at 4'2'' and Kurt is a hulking 6'3''. They live with their mom in their grampa's old house over by the quarry. They are in a new school and all Kurt said to Arty is, "You don't know me".

Arty doesn't bother to learn anyone's names. He gives nicknames by attribute...like Bubble Butt or Albino Girl, or Kerouac (the kid has On the Road perpetually in his back pocket). He does notice, though, that a bunch of the "loser" kids sport pins of a red letter "A", and that Kerouac seems to be their leader.

Maybe Kerouac can help Arty get his big brother off his back. Being small has its disadvantages when others can be phyiscal with you.

Enter Leslie. The gorgeous girl who suddenly notices Arty. Not in the gropy way, but in the "let's hang out" way.

I couldn't put the book down because I wanted to see what happened, but I also feel like there is some kind of philosophical message that I am just not getting.

Author Anderw Auseon has confused me.

I guess that's a good thing!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sorry to confuse you. I seem to be doing a lot of that with FLM. Still, I'm glad you couldn't put it down. Hee hee. Anyway, thanks a lot for the mention! Oh, and "Devil in the White City" is incredible.

Deep philosophical message? Hmmmm...maybe, let me get back to you on that one.

AA

Stacy (my friends call me Stasia) Dillon said...

I'm glad you dropped by!

I wasn't sure if you may have been going for a "good and evil" and what really is it thing....or is arty just an arse?

So was Arty always lying or what? Or is it just the typical teen ego that makes him so self centered?

The read to me was just a bit trippy. I told my friend Jen that it was like a morning after the night before type of thing. Intriguing, definately!