Sunday, September 8, 2013

No Hope for Gomez

Unfortunately for Graham Parke, I don't see any hope for Gomez, either. At least not with this book. Don't get me wrong, it's an enjoyable book, it's just more in the direction of "potato chips" as opposed to "nutritional" reads, as my former AP Lang teacher would say. This book didn't really have a main point to it, it just developed and expanded upon Gomez's drug trial and relationship and then once the trial and relationship were over, so was the book. There wasn't really much to it, at least not that I could see. Other people who've read the book (and love it) like it because they say it really gives someone insight on how a person thinks and behaves. It's basically the journal of Gomez as this is happening to him, which some people like but I do not. I did like how it was written that way, though. Each little blurb started with Blog Entry:  or Blog Note: which I thought was cute. Parke did a great job of keeping the book in character and using a unique style that I will certainly remember for a while after I forget about the story line.
Just because I'm not a fan of this book doesn't mean you won't be, so feel free to read it for yourself and make up your own mind. If you have read this book, please share your thoughts about it in the comments below. I'm curious as to how others responded to this book.

Product Details: Amazon

  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (January 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432752480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432752484
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces 
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,292,053 in Books 
Winner of the Forewords Book of the Year Awards, nominated for the International Book Awards and the USA Book News Best Book Awards, featured in the Kirkus Best Indie 2011 list. 

It's the age-old tale:
Boy meets girl.
Boy stalks girl.
Girl already has a stalker.
Boy becomes her stalker-stalker.
We've seen it all before, many times, but this time it's different. If only slightly. 
When Gomez Porter becomes a test subject in an experimental drug trial, he is asked to keep track of any strange experiences through a blog. What Gomez isn't ready for, is so many of his experiences suddenly seeming strange; the antiques dealer trying to buy his old tax papers, the phone-sex salesman who hounds him day and night, the super sexy research assistant who falls for him but is unable to express herself in terms outside the realm of science. But when one of the trial participants turns up dead and another goes missing, Gomez begins to fear for his life. No longer sure who he can trust and which of his experiences are real and which merely drug induced delusions, he decides it's time to go underground and work out a devious plan. 
Now, years later, his blogs have been recovered from a defunct server. For the first time we can find out firsthand what happened to Gomez as he takes us on a wild ride of discovery.

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