Monday, January 16, 2012

Oh, no, they say he's got to go. Go go, Punkzilla!

Punkzilla by Adam Rapp

After going AWOL from military school, Jaime, aka Punkzilla, travels north ending up in Portland, Oregon. Once there he makes a life stealing iPods, scamming people and hanging around other street kids. When the fourteen-year-old learns that his older brother, Peter, has cancer, he makes the trip to Memphis, Tennessee to see him – hoping to arrive before Peter takes his last breath. Heading across the country on his purposeful road trip full of unusual twists in turns, he meets an exceptionally interesting cast of characters and chronicles the trip and other events in his life in animated, rambling letters to Peter. 

With his moral ambiguity, you wouldn’t think that Jaime is a character that one could like, yet, somewhere in his rambling writing style you find the good in him – and the troubled child that he still is, despite his “I’m grown up” demeanor. Along the journey, I found myself hoping that he would make it to Memphis in time.

At times the writing was so rambling that I started to get lost - but not very often. Plus, I could understand why it was written in such a way - that is how Jaime thinks (when he hasn’t been on his meds). 


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