Thursday, November 11, 2010

Adios, Nirvana by Conrad Wesselhoeft

Characters: 19/20
Plot: 18/20
Originality: 20/20
Writing: 19/20
Recommendation: 19/20
Overall: 95/100 or A
Source: Publisher
When you piss off a bridge into a snowstorm, it feels like you’re connecting with eternal things. Paying homage to something or someone. But who? The Druids? Walt Whitman? No, I pay homage to one person only, my brother, my twin.
In life. In death.
Telemachus. Since the death of his brother, Jonathan’s been losing his grip on reality. Last year’s Best Young Poet and gifted guitarist is now Taft High School’s resident tortured artist, when he bothers to show up. He's on track to repeat eleventh grade, but his English teacher, his principal, and his crew of Thicks (who refuse to be seniors without him) won’t sit back and let him fail.
Jonathan's voice was very compelling. His voice and actions seemed to be very alienating and distant. This really helped me to understand his actions and relationships with his family and friends. It also show why he missed his brother and how much he really meant to him. The Thicks, his best friends, were really interesting and also brought depth to Jonathan. I also understood his hatred of sleeping, after losing someone and also his self doubt. I loved David, he had such an an amazing story and I admired him. The plot was remarkable. Each action was interesting. I also liked that a lot of the scenery was in Seattle, which is my home away from home. It was such an amazing tribute to the Seattle music scene with the amazing Eddie Veddor in the mix. Wesselhoeft is a stunning writer. Adios, Nirvana was a great story about finding yourself in music and in the world around you.

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