The cover caught my eye at Thrift Town. For 95 cents, with an interesting title, I figured it was worth it. Wow. This book is beautifully written, while dealing with an insane subject matter - an 11 year old, fully sexually matured girl. Every character is memorable, and the ending will just blow your mind. Realistic? No. Wonderful? Yes. Please don't judge this book before you've read it, tempting as it may be.
I am not quite sure what to say about this book, except I absolutely loved it.
I admit when I read the descriptions of the story and other reviews and found out about the sexual relationship between a grown man and an 11 year old girl I was completely turned off. The word "ew" came to mind, repeatedly. But this tale is so much more than a perverted older man having sex with an 11 year old; it's actually a very small part of the story. I was shocked to find out I didn't find it to be as perverse as I thought it was going to be.
What helps to erase the "ew" factor is that Sara is no ordinary 11 year old. She has been raised by a free thinking and perhaps too open Mother who encourages her daughter to say, and do whatever she thinks and feels. Sara is a combination of old lady and little girl trapped in a woman's body. She is a bundle of contradictions that both attract and repel. SHE comes on to Jeremy, repeatedly, determinedly, and he puts up a good fight for as long as he can.
The relationships between Jeremy, the women in his life (including his cat) and his subconscious are brilliantly written. This tale is crazy, hilarious, daring, politically incorrect, tragic, ironic, but most of all tremendous. Every character in this story has a remarkable way of cutting through the BS and just being real and true to themselves. A more colorful cast of characters you will never find. Its brutal honesty isn't always pleasant, but I think that's what makes it so great. I laughed, I cried, I didn't want to set it down and I didn't want it to end.
Cherise Everhard, 2009
The further along I got into this book, the more annoying it was. Just plain annoying.