The Otto Digmore Difference

The Otto Digmore Difference

by Brent Hartinger

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940153916590
Publisher: Brent Hartinger
Publication date: 02/21/2017
Series: Otto Digmore
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 348,433
File size: 502 KB

About the Author

BRENT HARTINGER is an author and screenwriter. His first novel, Geography Club, is also a successful stage play and a feature film co-starring Scott Bakula. He has since published twelve more novels, most from major publishers such as HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster. As a screenwriter, Brent has four film projects in development or pre-production, including Decked, the animated story behind a deck of playing cards, and The Starfish Scream, a teen drama. In 2005, Brent co-founded the entertainment website, which was sold to MTV/Viacom in 2006. He currently co-hosts a podcast called Media Carnivores from his home in Seattle, where he lives with his husband, writer Michael Jensen.

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The Otto Digmore Difference 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny heartbreaking and beautiful
wifie29 More than 1 year ago
This is the book I didn’t know I needed to read. First, let’s get this out of the way: It is not a romance in any traditional sense of the word. If you’re looking for something in the vein of couplehood, this isn’t it. But it is about many kinds of love, primarily intimate friendship. It’s about a lot of other things, too. There’s a line where Otto says he wants to make magic. Well, Otto, you got your wish: Your story is pure magic. This is a book with a Point. Several, in fact. Otto spells things out for us in the first couple of chapters. I won’t spoil it for readers because you really need to hear it in Otto’s voice. Having it laid out in no uncertain terms, some readers might be put off or maybe even find some aspects a bit preachy. You’ll have to trust me when I tell you to keep reading and look deeper. It’s what’s under the surface which makes this absolutely, perfectly brilliant. I’ll admit that it took me a while to catch on. Once I did, though, I saw that the Point(s) being made are underscored in subtle ways everywhere. Even though this could easily have been (and at first blush is just a little) both a cliched road trip/buddy novel and a parody of one, it’s far more complicated than that. Otto is a classic unreliable narrator, which is generally true in a first-person book. With Otto, it’s unusual in how difficult it is to tell right away because he’s such a likable character with a good deal of insight. What makes him so lovable is how he’s the best blend of highly self-aware and utterly clueless. His journey of discovery is messy, and as promised by the path of the narrative, there are no easy answers. Despite the familiar landscape and the Screaming Point staring us in the face, we’re not handed a happily-ever-after on a silver platter. Otto makes us work for it, and it’s worth the effort. I’m not usually one to get personal in a review, but one of the things I appreciated was bringing up a specific aspect of being disabled which sometimes doesn’t get acknowledged. There are feelings many of us have about who we are as people, and I like that the author wasn’t afraid to go there, even at the risk of reaction from readers. It made Otto feel much more genuine to me. He is not a tragedy or a superhero or a perfect disability advocate. I can’t say more without spoilers, but Otto’s discovery of an aspect of how he sees himself rang so true to me that it was almost painful. Now for what I meant when I said I needed to read this. I have never felt so much like a book was giving me life advice, most of which would be lost on anyone who hasn’t felt the pressures of a creative profession. The whole time, Otto, Russell, and even the cameo appearance characters point out all the ways in which we have to balance what we wish we could do with what we actually have to do. It is beautiful and poignant and hits every pitch just right. More than once, and not even at particularly emotional moments, I was both laughing and crying over what a relief it was to know someone else out there gets it. I’m glad Otto has more stories to tell us about his life because I still need advice. I can’t wait to see what misadventures he gets up to next. Whatever they are, we can be sure he’ll tell it in his own way, with just the right amount of difference.