Lowboy – John Wray

This book had a bit of hype surrounding it with some reviewers even going so far as to call it The Catcher in the Rye for the modern age. I read Catcher in the Rye ages ago and remember liking it, but I think it’s a far superior book to this.

The basic plot is that a paranoid schizophrenic boy runs away on the New York subway, and his mother and a detective try and find him. I think the basic problem is that none of these characters are really very likable at all. I suppose it may provide a bit of insight into how a schizophrenic’s mind works, but that’s about it. There’s also a lot of allusions by the mother to some sinister thing that she’s hiding, and I wasn’t all that blown away by the twist when it finally came out.

One last thing that irritated me is I could not figure out when this was set. It doesn’t really make a difference because it’s not like there are flying cars or anything, but every time there’s a reference to the year or someone’s age, it seemed to point to a different date. Maybe it’s just supposed to be part of the schizophrenic thinking, I don’t know.

Basically, if you’re in the mood for this sort of book read The Catcher in the Rye instead.

Overall: 5/10

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