Munson’s debut novel is an interesting story of a teenage boy’s (Addison Schacht) high school and internal struggles with alienation, relationships/friendships, and personal demons.
Addison tells his story in the form of a college admissions essay, where he unloads the story of his life in a gritty and aggressive manner. Addison comes across as a narcissistic, self-absorbed, know it all, with a tough as nails exterior. Slowly the story starts to reveal the human side that makes Addison more and more compelling to the reader.
Addison’s story involves drugs, death, sex and all the teenage angst of a young man who’s mastered self alienation and self sabotage only to have an unexpected epiphany that will bring him to understanding himself better.
Munson’s writing is forced. Often trying too hard to make the character “sound” young in his dialog. Instead Munson makes his character sound unintelligent which is clearly not the case with Addison. In spite of this, I found that the story was interesting enough that even when I was frustrated with the writing at times, I kept picking up the book wanting to read more of the story.A solid debut novel by Sam Munson.