Boy Paperback – Sept. 26 2020
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- Paperback : 312 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1459745889
- Item Weight : 369 g
- Product dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 21.59 cm
- Publisher : Dundurn (Sept. 26 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #247,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
A mesmerizing coming of age story that manages to be both magical and intensely real. Boy takes readers on a journey of personal growth in the face of at-times frightening and mysterious obstacles. Pressures in Boy’s life multiply. His family and friends aren’t always there to be relied upon. His plans for the future are darkened with doubt. But for all the very real challenges — as well as those that seem to emerge from a shadowy world beyond — Boy finds always the dignity, the essential decency he needs to continue., Timothy Taylor, author of The Rule of Stephens
Boy is evocative and heartfelt, containing a spark of magic and an achingly real protagonist., Ellen Keith, author of The Dutch Wife
The novel is inarguably well written... the characters, complex., Booklist
Sensitive and unusual book -- Jennifer McCartney, Hamilton Review of Books
About the Author
Brent van Staalduinen is the author of the novel Saints, Unexpected. He is the winner of the Bristol Short Story Prize, Fiddlehead’s Best Short Fiction Award, and the Lush Triumphant Literary Award. Brent lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
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Boy is named after the singer Boy George. He is a brilliant student who in the last year has started to let his motivation and grades slip. Teachers are trying to help him, but he refuses their help. He is accepted into a prestigious military college but his attitude will lead them to rescind the acceptance. He is even rejecting his close friends. Family life seems to be the big issue. His parents are drug and alcohol addicts. His biological father is in prison for killing his sister in a car accident and now his sister haunts him. On top of this he has a new baby brother whom he feels is his responsibility. Can he cope with all of this and still secure a future?
In my story summary I do not mention the man who can stop time because he plays a minor, almost irrelevant role in the story. I expect the lesson is that you cannot change the past. However, I was disappointed since I thought the character and his story had huge potential but it petered out.
To anyone reading this book I would suggest you keep on going. There are points where it meanders from person to person and theme to theme, and sometimes it lacks the anticipation that captures the reader but the end is worth the wait.
Boy’s Character does carry the story. However, there are many interesting characters who significantly add to the novel. Boy’s mother is a tortured soul who tries but cannot pull herself together. His father is prison is much more complex than one expects. Many of the other supporting characters play a significant role in telling the story.
The story covers many complex themes, which van Staalduinen manages very carefully and succinctly leading to a good read overall. In the end events are brought together by a surprising twist.
I do recommend the book as a whole but I can only give it a 3 on 5 because I feel like there are too many points where the reader may give up and the relevance of magical component is still a mystery to me. I want to thank NetGalley and Dundurn Press for providing me with a digital