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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

This is an intriguing look at 1941 New York City though the eyes of a tweener who may be crazy

In 1941 in Manhattan, Joey El Bueno is a seventh grader at St. Stephen's School. He cherishes comic books and movie while somehow safely eludes the nuns and bullies who run the school with iron fists. Joey meets new student nutty Jane Bent as both relish the movie Gun...
In 1941 in Manhattan, Joey El Bueno is a seventh grader at St. Stephen's School. He cherishes comic books and movie while somehow safely eludes the nuns and bullies who run the school with iron fists. Joey meets new student nutty Jane Bent as both relish the movie Gunga Din. He realizes he appreciates people with a touch of lunacy as a super attractive trait; Joey especially enjoys her mangling metaphors of what apparently is history and what confusingly seems to have not yet happened.

One day after a movie, Jane vanishes. Joey is confused by her vanishing, but more bewildered by everyone at school looking at him like he is Crazy because no one else will confess they met or even saw Jane. He begins to wonder if they are right; as time passes with no clues to prove she lived or what happened to Jane; if he is not insane than Joey turns to his comic books for solutions as there the supernatural and paranormal are the normal.

This is an intriguing look at 1941 New York City though the eyes of a tweener who may be crazy. Ironically, the elongated sentences imply that Joey is crazy or that Jane is a strange essence; however those same significant seemingly endless sentences are difficult to follow requiring at times re-reading. With a nod to Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire though the novel occurs two decades earlier than the song, fans will enjoy this offbeat character study of a person who may be crazy, but then again who is not at least just a little bit insane.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 5, 2010

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Not the best thing I've read recently

Sadly disppointing. I had rather high hopes for this book, but was really unhappy with the writing style, the plot, and the characters. Very little to recommend. Do NOT waste your time.

posted by 6325591 on February 16, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2010

    A sweet, touching, and VERY funny book.

    I read this rather short (188 pages) book the other day on the recommendation of a friend who is a professional reviewer. I confess to being a novice at book reviewing, but I liked this book so much that I couldn't resist trying my hand at this. I'll try to be brief! First, this is one of the funniest books I have read in many years. I know that the author, William Peter Blatty, is best known for his "spooky" books, but I hope he will stick to comic writing for a while because I think he is a natural at it. Quoting the funny lines at length will only spoil the fun for anyone planning to read the story, so I will just quote a couple of brief passages as an example of how original and clever Blatty's sense of humor is. In this passage, the narrator, a dying 80-year-old former screenwriter recalling a visit to Coney Island as a youth, writes: "There was a breeze and these jillions of gulls all circling and squawking forlornely but with great agitation and high excitement as if they were in factions that were blaming one another for the loss of some unspoiled world, some paradise where every automobile was a convertible and where hats and awnings did not exist." Or here, recalling his jumbled emotions as a teen: "Too much was going on inside (my head), too many delerious, mysterious fandangos all bombarding my brain like it was some kind of run-down cargo spaceship being bombarded by swarms of pissed off meteors because an article in Science Magazine had referred to them as "space debris." Or while recounting a conversation about one of the films he wrote as a hack screenwriter: "'So what else did you write?' Bloor asked. 'The Fly VI.' Bloor's brow furrowed in surprise. 'They made a Six?' 'Oh, well, sure! It's the one where by day The Fly is a restaurant inspector for the New York Board of Health.' 'That the one with Jeff Goldblum?' 'No. Dolly Parton. I made the Fly a woman for that one.' 'Wow!' 'Yeah. That's why I got paid the big bucks.'" Taken out of context, I suppose these examples lose some of their effect, but at least you get an idea of how inventive and unique the author's sense of humor is. And I haven't even quoted the funniest bits so as not to spoil your enjoyment if you do read it. I will stop now and let the professional and semi-professional critics write a proper review. I will just end by saying that this is a very moving and sweet and heart-warming story that has a lot to say about the central importance of kindness in all of our lives. This story really moved me, as brief as it is, and had me both laughing my head off on one page and then getting choked up on the next. A truly unique and profound reading experience.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    Jj

    First strip off ALL your clothes but make me horn.y in the process

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    Posted June 9, 2013

    elle

    "Blaze, if you arr reading this, wanna o to the dance with me?" She asks hopefully

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Georgiana to isaak

    Hey wanna go out? ;)

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    Posted May 27, 2012

    Gary

    Kaylin?

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