Perfectly Good White Boy

Perfectly Good White Boy

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You never know where we'll end up. There's so much possibility in life, you know? Hallie said. Sean Norwhalt can read between the lines. He knows Hallie's just dumped him. He was a perfectly good summer boyfriend, but now she's off to college, and he's still got another year to go. Her pep talk about futures and possibilities isn't exactly comforting. Sean's pretty sure he's seen his future and its possibilities, and they all look DISPOSABLE. Like the crappy rental his family moved into when his dad left. Like all the unwanted filthy old clothes he stuffs into the rag baler at his thrift-store job. Like everything good he's ever known. The only hopeful possibilities in Sean's life are the Marine Corps, where no one expected he'd go, and Neecie Albertson, whom he never expected to care about. Carrie Mesrobian follows her critically acclaimed debut, Sex & Violence, with another powerful and wrenching portrait of a teenage boy on the precipice of the new American future.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 26 x 198 x 30.48mm | 440g
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • 1467734802
  • 9781467734806
  • 1,228,563

Review quote

Sean's junior year of high school was crap, and he expected the following summer to be crap, too, but then beautiful Hallie picks him up at a party. It feels good, and Sean wants something to feel good about and help him envision himself as someone other than a loser with an alcoholic dad and missed scholarships. As Sean begins his senior year, Hallie heads off to college, and Sean becomes fascinated with Neecie, his coworker at the thrift store. Mesrobian, whose debut novel, Sex & Violence (2013), was a Morris Award finalist, explores the emotional territory of serial hookups, as both Neecie and Sean have covert sexual partners. Sean's distinctly male narration is saturated with his loneliness and depression. When he reveals that he has signed up to join the marine corps after graduation, Sean's friends are appalled. Hasn't he seen the movie Full Metal Jacket? Once again it seems as if Sean has blown it. This slice-of-life novel should appeal to mature readers who are puzzling through their own nexus of paths towards the future. --Booklist

-- "Journal" (10/1/2014 12:00:00 AM)
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509 ratings
3.63 out of 5 stars
5 25% (128)
4 30% (152)
3 33% (168)
2 7% (36)
1 5% (25)
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