Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Eventually this will all have to blow up, won’t it? Will Kevin choose to stay on as Brandon’s best buddy or to redeem himself? Is redemption even possible?
Busted is a more conventional teen angst story that has some obvious parallels to Happyface. Kevin’s troubles are not as dire, but that said, teens might be able to relate to him more readily. He simply wants to fit in with the popular crowd. Some of the plot events seem a tad contrived, but it makes for a dramatic story that allows Kevin to be smacked over the head with his mistakes—and the boy needed a good smack in the head. Could a teen boy really be this dumb about girls? Or maybe romance requires a certain degree of self-delusion/fantasy no matter whether you’re male or female. At any rate, I found myself rooting for Kevin’s enlightenment.
These interesting glimpses into the male psyche are recommended for young adults of both genders.
By the way, John has a new book, Five Flavors of Dumb, to be released any day now. It sounds interesting, doesn’t it?