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The New York Times Book ReviewReaders who hang on past the claustrophobic initial chapters will be rewarded with a richly realized character. Vinnie's narration evolves beyond wisecracks, keeping pace with his emotional growth…As the emotional stakes rise, Vinnie's story becomes compulsively readable. The more he clings to the masks he's made, the more his vulnerability comes through. There's a bit of slapstick, a collision of identities at the high school dance. By then, his personality has been rendered in enough warm, honest detail to drive a sequence of events that, left to a lesser writer, might feel cartoonish.