Is there any escape for Gerald? This is a wannabe heartbreaking tale of exploitative TV and the resulting profitability, iconography and popular conceptions that form irrespective of the truth. Gerald is deeply unhappy, his father has given up, his mother is useless and the girl he likes is full of possibility but this book is not tough or unflinching. Instead it is frustratingly dull and desperate to be an emotional hot button topic. It is also nigh on unreadable in some places.
“She’s moaning extra-vulgar on purpose.”
“I used to love school until everybody got old enough to point and laugh.”
“I didn’t know the word psychopath when I was six. But it would have been helpful.”
“He is the half-wit son they always wanted.”
“I’m not the loser living in my mom’s basement because I’m so stupid no college will take me after dropping out three times.”
“I demand a mother who isn’t this person.”
“I’m afraid of the stove.”