Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Narrative Loserdom




Justin Taggart doesn’t know anything (about being a loser). He likes girls and plays sports and has some friends. Unfortunately his fear of rejection outweighs his ability to deal with these well. Mostly there’s Sterling, the girl of his dreams who knows how to stop his heart by not knowing he likes her. Another thing is trying to get money with Adam, who’s rich anyway so it’s more about hanging out. As for Justin, he makes ends meet by mowing people’s yards with Adam, and sometimes by breaking into vending machines and selling late-night cable programming to peers (also with Adam). But it’s not like he doesn’t feel bad about it, since Jesus died for his sins. School is pretty terrible with all the work and practice, but there are a few people there worth mentioning. Anyone who picks up his journal will be in for something, if they feel like getting through a lot of grammar and spelling problems. They’ll probably end up seeing that they shouldn’t have looked at it anyway, because this is someone’s private anthem of girls, grass, and loserdom

It's hard to write a review when the synopsis covers everything I want to say..

Written in journal format, this collection of stories is written by Justin. I suppose it's a way for him to get his feelings out about things that he really doesn't want to talk about with his friends and family.
It's several entries about his daily life. How he interacts with his friend who seems to be addicted to porn and is an influence on him for everything. There are several short stories about money, family interactions, cable tv, sports and girls.
Their first experience with ebay and money orders, they get ripped off. There is one section where he just talks about music videos and porn, what he feels about the stories in them and what he feels about them as he watches them. He talks about the different ways that he views the shows/music videos compared to his friend.
They worry about money, he's got school plus practice plus trying to make money in his spare time. Most of his spare time is just messing around with his friend watching tv.
Later into the stories there is more talk about his religious views, interacting with girls at school and feeling more comfortable becoming more social.
I would recommend this to girls that maybe want to know what it's like inside a teenage boys head (one of the better ones, I might add) he is self conscious, nervous and religious. Shows a caring side to him, well compared to his friend that just seems driven by one thing, Justin seems more emotionally well rounded and thoughtful.

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