I picked up this book not quiet knowing what to expect, except that it was highly recommended to me by a friend. I soon found myself unable to put it down, being immediately absorbed into the young protagonist's life.
At first, I thought this book would not be my cup of tea, so to speak. Boy, was I wrong!
We start with an introduction into the life of a nineteen year old young man, struggling with his thoughts of the future, his parents, girls, his lot in life, and how he is going to fit into his own life. His father's thoughts seem to dominate his musings, and he struggles with himself in the dawning realization that his father just may be right.
He has no direction, and questions his own actions and morality in the light of the path his friends have followed. Then something truly amazing happens to him, something so surreal and fantastic that he finds himself both frightened and awed by it.
Introduced now is Theodore, a strange little man who leads our protagonist on an amazing journey. Theodore tries to show the youth a new and different perspective of life, and in the process the youth finds a fresh attitude towards both himself, and his parents, and the life he once led.
In the midst of all the bizarre and odd things happening to him, and Theodore's eccentric tirades that perplexingly match his father's opinions, the youth discovers that sometimes where you are at in life, both in the physical and metaphysical realms, can be the most pleasing moment in time even if you cannot see it then.
This is an amazingly well written book by a first time author, and whether you agree with the political aspects that arise in the storyline or not, you will not walk away untouched by the changes in the youth's life, nor the changes in his physical and mental worlds. You find yourself asking....what if it were me?
Pick this one up, it's a short, fast read that I found highly intriguing and pleasurable. Enjoy!