Monday, June 6, 2016

True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan

If you asked anyone in his small Vermont town, they’d tell you the facts: James Liddell, star athlete, decent student and sort-of boyfriend to cute, peppy Theresa, is a happy, funny, carefree guy.

But whenever James sits down at his desk to write, he tells a different story. As he fills his drawers with letters to the people in his world--letters he never intends to send--he spills the truth: he’s trying hard, but he just isn’t into Theresa. It’s a boy who lingers in his thoughts.

He feels trapped by his parents, his teammates, and the lies they’ve helped him tell, and he has no idea how to escape. Is he destined to live a life of fiction?

I was attracted by the synopsis. Especially, by the idea of writting letters to people, putting your thoughts down uncensored and never sending them away. It's a good exercice to express yourself and let go of some negative feelings.
Of course, you know when James is writing them that it will end up badly. And it was well written with fun moments.

There is also the subject of homosexuality and how to confess/announce to the people close to you how you feel when you are a teen. The author has put it nicely and honestly without avoiding the bad reactions and the dissapointment about some narrow minded people. You feel James fears of rejection, of being treated differently by his parents, brothers and friends.
A cool quick read.

About the author
Kenneth Logan grew up in Freehold, NJ, and taught high school English in Vermont and San Francisco. Currently, he’s a PhD student in literacy education at New York University. He lives in Brooklyn.

*Arc provided by Edelweiss
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

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