If: his future (i.e., college) seems completely meaningless, not to mention terrifying . . .
Then: he’ll start anew (move to the Midwest?).
In re: James Sveck–misunderstood by a capricious mother, a self-absorbed father, a mordant older sister,
Et alia: his Teutonic therapist, his D-list celebrity grandmother, his unnervingly attractive art gallery colleague . . .
If: What one wants is enigmatic . . .
Then: Life can be hell.
But: as the summer gets hotter, James comes to recognize the wrenching truth of his emotions.
James’s archly comic bravado fuels this sharply observed novel of a teen adrift in an adult world, struggling to make sense of the problems of love and of lack. The engaging voice of our idiosyncratic antihero is deftly captured by the adroit prose of Peter Cameron. Often hilarious, deeply compassionate, smart, and lyrical, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is every bit as sui generis as James Sveck himself.
See also: Brown University; Sexual orientation (confusion thereof); Dinner theater; Poodles (standard).
|Publisher:||Random House Audio Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
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Written by Peter Cameron this is a slice of life story of a few days in time with an 18 year old boy who is troubled with the transition of living in society as we know it. Living in New York City with a high powered attorney for a father and a fashion diva for a mother who also dabbles in owning an art gallery James struggles with who he is and how he can function in a normal environment. He has always been a little different and as some have told him might be to smart for his own good. How often have we used that saying to describe somebody who is beyond his/her years and that knowledge gets them into trouble.The book moves slowly along as James is depicted as a troubled teen that had been prematurely exposed to adulthood and how he handles his troubled life. Much of the story is told through his interaction with his therapist as he describes episodes of his life focusing a substantial amount of time to a trip to Washington DC as he was chosen by the American Classroom to take an honored trip. He depicts his life as he works his way to understanding how to communicate with anyone and everyone preferring for the most part just not to speak in general.Since he is so intelligent he almost comes across as elitist and condescending to everyone he meets as he talks down to the common person who cannot possibly understand him for who he is. The book itself is very well written and the story is eloquent but to me personally seems self indulgent in the depiction of who this character might become. It rambles through the process of describing James and his issues from acknowledging his sexuality to his unhealthy family life.If you are into psychological overtures and how a person at a young age might come to deal with adult decisions in a methodically depicted story then this will be a good book for you. I didn¿t dislike it but it was not a free flowing easy read either. I can¿t be too negative since the book is so well written and you definitely connect with the character but in the end even with this bonding you are left with asking yourself why you took the time to read through the entire thing.I hope to read more of Peter Cameron but would also hope that in his next novel he might weave a story that is more directional with something slightly more specific in mind for an outcome. The ending seemed abrupt and contrived with no real transition from the story to the finality of the conclusion.
I listened to the audiobook version of this, and it never captured my attention. James just annoyed me, and I felt it hard to feel for him. While very little happened in the story, the ending felt rushed and pat, as if the author also got a little bored.