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A generous three stars,like 2.5 for me An admirable short novel that seemed to do what it wanted to do just fine, I guess Mid level misanthrophy One minor LOL for me re the girls basketball team Occasionally precious A creative writing 101 descriptions she smelled like freckles Felt like an overextended short story Monotextured 117 That s the page where I am going to stop and put this book to rest It s a painful mental burden to stop a book midway, but I m so slumped by this 2 That s the number of stars I m applying I d give it half that, but it gets an extra since I, admittedly, didn t read to the last page As if my system of rating things has ever been scientific or systematic Bah A lot of people liked this book The NYT Book Review gave it some high praise, for example Others, like me, did not could not 117 That s the page where I am going to stop and put this book to rest It s a painful mental burden to stop a book midway, but I m so slumped by this 2 That s the number of stars I m applying I d give it half that, but it gets an extra since I, admittedly, didn t read to the last page As if my system of rating things has ever been scientific or systematic Bah A lot of people liked this book The NYT Book Review gave it some high praise, for example Others, like me, did not could not enjoy it I just thought it ran in place The dialogue was wooden I got no sense of the characters being real or alive I didn t mind the subversive subject matter or the very bad, depraved actions Toby might have taken or thought about But also so what Everything felt disjointed and hollow, not for me.I ve been trying for weeks to break into this, but instead it has just made me angry via dissatisfaction I wish that I had read the same book that other members on goodreads read I don t come from this place I don t live in Citrus County I want to live different places, know different people I want to tell myself about stuff that happened and people that the things happened to It doesn t have to be a mantra, maybe a sign of life or a reminder to feel something I d forgotten I want to sing along, you know Some company would be really nice I find that I can let myself go if I m not the only o I wish that I had read the same book that other members on goodreads read I don t come from this place I don t live in Citrus County I want to live different places, know different people I want to tell myself about stuff that happened and people that the things happened to It doesn t have to be a mantra, maybe a sign of life or a reminder to feel something I d forgotten I want to sing along, you know Some company would be really nice I find that I can let myself go if I m not the only one doing it Being alone feels like when the song ends prematurely and you are surprised by the sound of your own voice The record kept stopping Citrus County didn t exist Toby, Shelby and Mr Hibma did not exist No one was here The Citrus County that Toby, Shelby and Mr Hibma don t live in is where they can t see others living People they don t want to be If they had LOOKED at those people and that place Something deeper Something to listen to again and longer than three minutes I sigh alone.I really want to describe the writing as unnecessary narrating in a Woody Allen film one of his not that good films You wish there was a good actor who would show you what the writer is saying they are feeling The big feelings like title cards in a silent film Fear Sadness Glee You wish the voice would shut up and let you live the damned thing, in nuance and with hope But you can t see them None of it means that much She wishes he was a star He wishes the world revolved around him Her world revolves around her The voice sounds nebbish like that guy they later added to The West Wing Kinda glib but without the spark it used to have I really want to say I didn t feel anything.I have lived practically right next door to the real Citrus County One thing this book got right is that towns I ve lived in were mentioned only in connection to athletics Soooo Florida Locations of Tarzan and Elvis movies Check I may as well have lived in Citrus County for how much the same those backwoods Florida places are Hicks with meth labs, sunsets, sunrises, manatees, cults, animal cruelty, missing kids, sunshine, mosquitoes, sports, great produce The characters in this book talk about movie set Florida of beaches, condos, theme parks When in Spain I was told that Florida brought forth images of rollerblading to Enrique Iglesias s horny pleading That would be hell It has to be hell Do I feel close to any of those things Not really Tarzan and Elvis movie sets I ve also made those observations a long damned time ago It has ceased to mean anything to me Junior high school kids can be cruel Yes, I ve known that Which kids Who Why Where I don t care about pushy religious people with wacky music kind of an easy target, aren t they What does it mean other than a person to be annoyed with for a minute I m suspicious of anything that credits too much of the person to a place Places are for feeling close to, I think There s no place like home, right Home can be somewhere else If that s the connector then what is it connecting In theory that s people If you are afraid you are afraid of the people I ll read a book set in a place and my affection grows because something alive happened there From them to me I might feel foreboding I shouldn t feel contained Writing on benches I was here and footprints the wind won t blow away That s what I wantthan just about anything It s a kind of home and family to make up and carry around It couldn t only happen in one place.Brandon s characters wear their tastes like t shirts to stand in line at the latest big thing Yes, it s cool that fourteen year old Shelby knows all about Bill Hicks me too It would have meant muchto me if I knew if her comedians and Jewish authors grounded her in other places, to other people Why did she like them Why did she want to live some place glamorous, other than bragging rights I just felt like Brandon was giving his taste to his characters Look at what I like It s the easy stuff like glancing over a group and sitting next to the person you would rather identify with Cool criminals and sassy girls Bright lights, big city I d rather see what the audience eyes looked like than who is on stage.If a journalist had disliked John Brandon from way back when and wrote an article about what an asshole he was he would probably be as big of a joke as Dave Eggers is Quiz time Is this twee to you Because it is really fucking twee to me Dave Eggers and Brandon could rub the leather elbows of their tweed coats at McSweeney s mixers I don t get why Eggers is precious and Brandon isn t Someone please explain that to me my theory is journalists for now I don t hate Eggers myself I find it curious the way the tide turned against him and Safran Foer Why not Brandon He s no different I like Foer considerablythan either Brandon or Eggers I felt something less obvious Shelby had been enjoying a dream about gangs of sly otters who could convince women to do anything But then she smelled something and the otters were gone It was morning There d been a scent in the dream, but not a savory one There d been the scent of wet eyelashes I blushed when I read passages like that one Some were good, written to delight maybe too much to delight The whole cute thing , others read like an author who had a massive crush on his own characters and took for granted that they came out as cute on paper as they did in his mind You are skipping the steps like breathing and getting up out of bed and going straight to saving deserts desserts for old age Sure, it s kinda cute that Shelby has stuff like that Dream big and I ll listen if I have any idea who the hell you are and what it has to do with anything I don t understand the rage about being stuck in life directed at someone else When driving late at night and a fat woman in a house dress waddles across the road this happens pretty much any time I ever drive at night without a care about blind spots or anything I don t feel better about myself I have images of life in prison for accidentally killing her Mr Hibma was foreign to me He should not have been I understand the feeling of everything coming to you because you can t move yourself to step out of the way of fate life suckage like how you can beconscious of a paper cut than a larger wound But no, I felt like when I watched either versions of The Office Tim Jim s misplaced frustration towards their irritating coworkers I don t feel better about myself because of what anyone else is doing There must be some club of guys who feel like they have to do something if someone is too fat or doesn t know the presidents on Mt Rush They might feel a grim satisfaction in superiority that they know those things when knowing those things never did a thing for anyone I feel no attachment to that at all I wouldn t give Mr Hibma another glance of sympathy He can zip up his pants and have trouble jerking off somewhere else Those are the kinds of observations that put me no where I don t want it If this book was about making something happen should there not have been a bigger connection than targets who didn t mean that much, like toes in too small sandals or religious girls Talk about avoiding the point But you don t need to, I guess, if you just SAY they feel those things Too easy I don t trust it Easy representation instead of making a story out of something that stands out from the void.It didn t help that Mr Hibma s story is the same story of Toby in part one Part three is the same as part one and part two Something would happen if they did something bad Talking about something happening Talking about how they would feel if they were trying to write something deep on a post card They are the serial killers who get caught because they can t keep quiet about the credit they are not getting I understand wanting something to happen They weren t anywhere Then Toby would feel he wanted to be somewhere Mr Hibma would think that he was either the real him or the fake him This was based on fantasies Where were these fantasies taking place The cure was the disease that was the cure Or the disease I felt nothing either way I hate feeling that way My stomach is twisted in emptiness thinking about this book I don t care about credit and I don t care about heroes Shelby, Toby and Mr Hibma are not heroes Nothing is going to happen from a big gesture Something small would happen like that paper cut if there had been any effort in the direction of closeness There should have been closeness I felt a lot, Gee, this probably sounded oh so cute to the author That s about it I wasted time in Citrus County where I didn t know a soul No stories to feel as if anything was happening Not one other voice Not even jumping into the void but waiting for it to come to you with time to dress for it Cutely.Citrus County is an apathetic book about the fight against apathy Maybe that was intentional I don t feel so because of all the cutesiness I wish I had felt ANYTHING other than apathy This wasn t the book for me I can t live with apathy I want people and places and closeness I don t need to read this to figure that a girl who loses her mom to death and a sister to kidnapping would be angry Or that a kid beat up by his uncle would feel there wasn t any point Or that a teacher who can t make a choice would fantasize about irrevocable choices Okay, that s obvious That s not the whole story But it was Fucking surface of things Please don t get up.A real life story of mine about a juvenile delinquent I was living in one of those orange towns close to Tampa and St Pete My apartment complex was cheap and mostly teenagers like myself My neighbors were a mom and her young son probably about fifteen I talked to the son and his mom ONCE my doberman had been in a fight with a cat The cat had it coming for some time I guess I made an impression the way I tenderly wiped the blood off of Sanchez Oh, it s not his blood, I said The cops were over a lot and sometimes I d hear the mom crying into the night through those thin walls So one night, totally out of nowhere, the mom pounds on my door and tries to come inside She keeps insisting that I was dating her son and hiding him in my apartment I probably said something like, I don t date kids Back off, lady Mostly the drugged up kids thought I was hilarious and laughed over every thing I said I was a reject unless people were high hey, that s a lot like now Sobs There was the time when a Mexican migrant worker tried to solicit me for prostitution not counting yelling from cars like Five bucks for a hand job Rural Florida ain t pretty Does any of this make anyone feel closer to me, or Florida I don t The tears made me sad She was controlling It s a glimpse where I was a bystander The story was theirs Just like Citrus County was theirs and not Shelby, Toby or Mr Hibma s Not even a glimpse I feel closer to me remembering reading Salinger and listening to John Frusciante Those names could mean nothing at all to someone who might one day read this review If you know what it feels like to hope that there are other people who give a shit then you might remember feeling the same way about somebody else That s all I ever want The effort to keep on going with any means necessary because there might be someone else to know Not writing off people and feeling better than the kid I knew who damaged his brains huffing paint There s no saying it ll ever happen for good I wish I had felt that Citrus County was about that feeling I think it wanted to be I didn t feel it because it didn t come from any place and it didn t go any place It was no place I ve repeated myself a lot in this review I keep coming back to apathy It s the worst I might beneedy than most I don t know All I know is that I watch people a lot and look for any sign of life Some place to live Where it comes from and where it might be going What do you want P.s I did like when Shelby s aunt gives her the stitch It was a hope for a connection Just the hope That s enough It isn t cliche to want a family If you want to be different please tell me why the bad boy thing, although it s not different What s missing I ll take the hope, for now It was a fantasy relationship instead of a real one with her dad That should have beenimportant At least there was hope Still representation artistic aunt with a swank lifestyle Why did they have to represent otherness for her to try Why wasn t what she had good enough Saying she liked different was not as good as looking at the reason Better yet, show it instead of saying it a bunch of times The good kind of contradiction I would have gladly read an additional 500 pages about Toby and Shelby, the troubled co protagonists of Citrus County, yet I recognize that John Brandon s concision the book clocking in at just over 200 pages was the right choice for the story.This is a great novel, the best new one I ve read this year So much love for this book I wish I d purchased it so I could spew lovely quotations at you, but this was a bookstore loitering read Don t judge me I have The good kind of contradiction I would have gladly read an additional 500 pages about Toby and Shelby, the troubled co protagonists of Citrus County, yet I recognize that John Brandon s concision the book clocking in at just over 200 pages was the right choice for the story.This is a great novel, the best new one I ve read this year So much love for this book I wish I d purchased it so I could spew lovely quotations at you, but this was a bookstore loitering read Don t judge me I have a lot of free time and not a lot of money.Hmm, what to say about this I feel like I should do it justice by writing a powerhouse review that will impress you all, but that s not gonna happen tonight, I don t have it in me The NYT blurb on the back cover calls it a great story in great prose and, as simple a statement as that is, it s really the most important thing to say here, because as readers of fiction what else are we really looking for, at the end of the day Well, other stuff too, I guess, but it still feels great not to have to settle for either great storytelling or great writing, to have the total package.There is suspense here, there is a gripping plot, but the story does not unfold as a thriller it unfolds as a series of small character moments, observations, casually brilliant bits of psychological sketching Brandon flits between the perspectives of three characters the above mentioned Toby and Shelby, eighth graders embarking on a tentative romance, and their geography teacher Mr Hibma, an overgrown slacker outsider who s drifted into a teaching job for which he feels nothing All three of these creations are as compelling as any alphabet rendered humans I ve encountered in my reading career Brandon doesn t bother with a lot of physical descriptions to an extent, he follows El Leonard s dictum to avoid the parts that readers tend to skip over Here s an example of his efficient, practical characterization young Shelby is introduced through the eyes of Mr Hibma Shelby knew a lot about stand up comedians She had memorized the acts of Bill Hicks, Dom Irrera, Richard Belzer nobody new, just stand ups from years ago She knew where these guys had gotten their starts and what jokes they were known for She knew a lot about a lot of different things literature, illnesses Also, Mr Hibma had noticed, Shelby seemed to want to be a Jew She used words like meshugana and mensch and had brought matzo ball soup for ethnic food week and the days she missed school with a cold or stomachache were always Jewish holidays Shelby lived with her father and maybe a sister in a little ranch house a stone s throw from the school Her mother had died a couple years ago.Do you see how that makes us instantly know and understand something about Shelby, as opposed to a paragraph describing her hair and eyes and gait, or whatever, and even about Mr Hibma too, the way he observes his students I copied and pasted that from an excerpt at Salon, since I don t have the book handy, but I also remember this great line, re Mr Hibma He wished his life were a terse novella Brandon focuses on the hearts and minds of his characters he knows them his empathy meter is off the charts His sentences are mostly simple, but there is a sense of orchestration, of rhythm, of a writer in total control of his voice He is capable of coming up with the perfect phrase, the one that makes you say yes in recognition of Brandon getting it exactly right He s unafraid of going to the darkest places, but his story ends up in a place of hard earned life affirmation The youth violence and morality play vibe amid a landscape of unglamorous Americana reminded me of two favorite films, David Gordon Green s George Washington and its spiritual sequel, Jeff Nichols Shotgun Stories I m just word vomiting now but this is a great book that did to me what literature is supposed to do, with an ending three endings, really one for each character that provided the kind of soul nourishing but unsentimental kick that I basically live for Tough minded, sad, funny and profoundly moving can I get a fuck yeah This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The characters of Citrus County possess ugly, meanspirited souls, and that s putting it lightly Also, the book takes on very serious issues but puts its narrative emphasis in all the wrong places About 30 pages into the novel, someone kidnaps and imprisons a young child, and up till the midpoint of the book as far as I got before giving up , the child s status in this limbo like prison is almost never mentioned Instead, we get a lot of trivial stuff about boy girl relationships and early tee The characters of Citrus County possess ugly, meanspirited souls, and that s putting it lightly Also, the book takes on very serious issues but puts its narrative emphasis in all the wrong places About 30 pages into the novel, someone kidnaps and imprisons a young child, and up till the midpoint of the book as far as I got before giving up , the child s status in this limbo like prison is almost never mentioned Instead, we get a lot of trivial stuff about boy girl relationships and early teen angst As much as I enjoyed John Brandon s Arkansas, I ended up thinking of his second novel as an anti Dostoyevsky story a novel that raises weighty philosophical questions and, cynically, refuses to handle them in any recognizably responsible fashion The emphasis here is all on egocentric slackers and the contemporary culture of nihilism And there are several details that are unconvincing and just plain off, such as the inexplicably unprofessional and, well, dumb behavior of the pair of FBI agents in the novel So, no thanks Oh God So Good I love love John Brandon anyway, back from the painfully spectacular Arkansas, and this one gives you that same sinking feeling in your stomach once you get into it, once you know that there is just no way this will get better or go well Toby and Shelby, the main characters in this one, are just amazing and so so real I hope I never get too old to ache and squirm when I read about teenagers falling messily and awkwardly and terribly for one another John Brandon s writing Oh God So Good I love love John Brandon anyway, back from the painfully spectacular Arkansas, and this one gives you that same sinking feeling in your stomach once you get into it, once you know that there is just no way this will get better or go well Toby and Shelby, the main characters in this one, are just amazing and so so real I hope I never get too old to ache and squirm when I read about teenagers falling messily and awkwardly and terribly for one another John Brandon s writing is so simple and brusque it s exquisite I don t know why he wants to write about such fucked up shit, but holy hell is he good at it And OMG, in case you needconvincing, here s what Daniel Handler, whom I desperately love, has to sayBrandon subverts the expectations of an adolescent novel by staying true to the wild incongruities of adolescence, and subverts the expectations of a crime novel by giving us people who arethan criminals and victims The result is a great story in great prose, a story that keeps you turning pages even as you want to slow to savor them, full of characters who are real because they are so unlikely Citrus County subverts countless expectations to conform to our expectations of a very good book Full review here There is very good writing here, but no soul The writing is clinical, all white walls and and the smell of antiseptic cleaner in the air The characters are drawn with gloves on I kept reading because that is how one gets to the end, but my heart was in the other room There was excellent dialogue that belonged to some other book, and was dropped in this plot by a negligent editor Who takes a class in marine biology in eighth grade Psychology In eighth grade What eighth grader has the guts There is very good writing here, but no soul The writing is clinical, all white walls and and the smell of antiseptic cleaner in the air The characters are drawn with gloves on I kept reading because that is how one gets to the end, but my heart was in the other room There was excellent dialogue that belonged to some other book, and was dropped in this plot by a negligent editor Who takes a class in marine biology in eighth grade Psychology In eighth grade What eighth grader has the guts to reply, That s what people with accents think to a complete stranger at the passport office Witty, yes, makes good reading, but true As a reader, I should have caredabout these people, this troubling plot, but a glass barrier prevented me from ever getting close enough I could see what was happening, but I couldn t feel it With John Brandon, get ready to spend time with criminals But get ready too, to strip away everything that defines them as criminals, to write in everything that makes them whole, interesting, broken, fun, doomed, ordinary, earnest, cruel, largehearted people No one gets written off, no one gets cut any slack We spend time in the woods and get just what was promised the subversion of expectations, the wild incongruities of humanity, the cigarette before the firing squad shoots you down It s With John Brandon, get ready to spend time with criminals But get ready too, to strip away everything that defines them as criminals, to write in everything that makes them whole, interesting, broken, fun, doomed, ordinary, earnest, cruel, largehearted people No one gets written off, no one gets cut any slack We spend time in the woods and get just what was promised the subversion of expectations, the wild incongruities of humanity, the cigarette before the firing squad shoots you down It s scary and funny and helpless but ultimately hopeful, and it gives you what is instead of what should beHe was a kidnapper and might soon become something worse, but he was still a kid too He could feel himself as a kid with a ripening heart who looked forward to things, who borrowed his schemes from the same old shelves as everyone else, who loved dumbly like people were meant to I had said before I was withholding that fifth star for John Brandon s next He s got it He earned it with this one Following big in the footsteps of Arkansas, this is just exactly my kind of thing I couldn t put it down and it ends in just the right way First read December 2011 September 2012 I wish I had given this four stars the first time just so I could give it five now This is crazy in just my kind of way If El Leonard ever cedes the throne of Florida crime fiction, I think Brandon is in line as heir i blink and suddenly i have read two of the buzz books of the summer this one i have mike to thank for i would have just bought it like i did the author s first book with good intentions, and it would have sat around until lord knows when, but his review made me read the first three pages right there at work and say oh, yes, i will read this soon and look at me following through this man writes just the way i like he has a story to tell and he tells it, with very few literary pyrotec i blink and suddenly i have read two of the buzz books of the summer this one i have mike to thank for i would have just bought it like i did the author s first book with good intentions, and it would have sat around until lord knows when, but his review made me read the first three pages right there at work and say oh, yes, i will read this soon and look at me following through this man writes just the way i like he has a story to tell and he tells it, with very few literary pyrotechnics i love a lack of bullshit in contemporary writers this is a book that grabs you right from the beginning lgm it opens with a scene of littering and verbal cruelty to a child and escalates intoserious crimes by the end but it is not, strictly speaking, a crime novel it isabout restlessness and the emptiness of rebellion.mike was so restrained in his review w r t concrete plot elements that it makes me want to follow suit.overall, it is a very sad story his characters rattle around like pinballs, slamming into each other, affecting each other s lives in ways both criminal and tender as they discover the limitations of their criminal capacities and their capabilities for strength and survival through crushing disappointments it is about two kids trying to find themselves and an adult who suddenly realizes he forgot to keep looking i write the tag lines for movie posters mr hibma is a fantastically wrought character his slow dawning realizations are a perfect contrast to the two teenagers testing each other s boundaries and discovering their own see he is the cool and unconventional teacher who chose where he would teach based on the throw of a dart cool, right well, no and this is why he ends up where he does, a little bewildered and watching his life drag by with no goals or agency as great as shelby and toby s stories are, this is the one that hit a little close to home, and i loved watching his struggles.here is something lovely The afternoon hours were the flattest They were like Citrus County itself, fit only for ambush Shelby wanted to get higher or lower There were no basements, no second stories Her house had no attic Shelby didn t want to keep walking on the same ground She was on a dumb plank of land where nothing would roll away Everything stayed right where it was and festered Shelby had been reduced to silly fantasies visions of her and her dad moving off and working a farm somewhere, visions of going to stay with her Aunt Dale in Iceland, of having Aunt Dale show her how to be a rigid, invulnerable woman Shelby wanted somethingdramatic,honest She wanted a crashing ocean instead of the wash of the Gulf She wanted weather that could kill you She wanted respect from someone who actually knew how to judge.if that doesn t just sum up adolescence perfectlyi strongly recommend this, even if you hate dave eggers mcsweeney s fiction list has overall been excellent, even though their foundation eggers is a self aggrandizing douchebag sold come to my blog ^READ E-PUB ↟ Dark Florida ⇹ Esiste la Florida dei parchi divertimenti, degli alberghi, delle spiagge e dei surfisti Ed esiste la Florida della contea di Citrus, nella cosiddetta Costa della Natura, dove c la natura perch non ci sono parchi divertimenti n alberghi n spiagge E dove regnano i redneck al posto dei surfisti, e piante che fioriscono e marciscono sfacciatamente al posto di giardini rigogliosiToby McNurse ha quattordici anni e tante ferite dentro di s non ha mai avuto un padre e non ha pi una madre, abita in una casa malandata con uno zio che si arrangia pulendo cose che nessuno osa pulire, dai mattatoi ai vecchi motori incrostati, e discorre incessantemente e pateticamente di suicidioToby frequenta la scuola locale, dove impera il professor Hibma, un uomo insicuro e confuso che riesce a pontificare per venti minuti filati sulle mostruosit del capitalismo, la rivoluzione diventata merce, i poveri che hanno ormai la pizza e l erba assicurata, i moralisti e gli artisti che se ne fregano di tuttoToby infrange le regole e accumula punizioni, ma senza gioia nella disobbedienza, n rabbia Le vuote passioni dei suoi compagni di classe musica, droga, piccoli crimini, sesso non significano nulla per lui La droga una cosa patetica I flirt, umilianti I furti e altra robaccia simile, ridicoliNella classe di Toby arrivata da poco Shelby Register, trasferitasi in Florida con il padre e la sorellina dopo la morte della mamma Shelby carina, sveglia, sogna di fuggire in qualche paese lontano ed attratta da Toby, pur sapendo che quello della brava ragazza che si innamora di un teppista il classico luogo comune Ma per Shelby i ragazzi normali sono una noia, quindi ben venga il luogo comuneToby, tuttavia, non affatto un vandalo qualsiasi, un banale teppistello angosciato come tanti Toby un ragazzo che, nel profondo della sua anima, pi terribile di tutti i delinquenti minorili della contea messi insieme Un malinconico destinato a infliggere danni ben pi gravi di quelli che Shelby o il professor Hibma osano pensare, e che, al cospetto di Shelby e di Kaley Register, la sorellina di quattro anni dai capelli che scintillano come un esca nell acqua, sa che giunta la sua ora l ora di fare finalmente quello per cui venuto al mondoMagnificamente scritto, inquietante, commovente e ilare insieme, Dark Florida ha rivelato sulla scena letteraria americana e internazionale il talento di John Brandon, uno scrittore capace di illuminare, con crudo e poetico realismo, il lato oscuro della giovent odierna Un giovane grande scrittore che far molta stradaSan Francisco Chronicle Con Dark Florida John Brandon si aggiunge alla schiera di quegli scrittori che non smettono di ricordarci che il mondo reale molto pi inquietante della letteratura Il risultato una grande storia con una voce eccezionale, ricca di personaggi che risultano veri proprio perch estremiNew York Times John Brandon uno scrittore dalla prosa infallibile a met strada tra Denis Johnson ed El LeonardDavy Rothbart Dark Florida un romanzo incantevole, con un tocco di dolente ilarit Fa sorridere anche quando infligge un colpo al cuore, ed uno dei migliori libri mai scritti sull adolescenzaDan Chaon