Mark Twain wrote: Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.
Category: Growing Up
Average Rating: 2.0
From an anti-other political climate comes a novel that gives voice to outcasts tyrannized by power. Boy in the Hole is the gripping account of Jacob, a boy wrestling to understand himself, his family, and the world in which he lives as he grows up in the Deep South in the '70s.
Emerging from a family of sexual deviancy and alcoholism masked by religion and wealth, Jacob learns to define who he is, but struggles to find the balance between faith and sexuality. To embrace his true identity, he must go on an exodus to face his demons and overcome the pressures to conform. But his parents' toxic beliefs and the messages of self-hate taught by religion and society could prove his undoing.
Will Jacob love himself despite the potential isolation? Or will he conform to the norms and settle for mediocrity...and a life in which he can never truly live?
This is a well-written story about an unbelievably disfunctional family, but there seems to be no point to the story. Nothing is resolved and it ends quite abruptly. None of the characters are especially likable.
David Joyce does make an effort to give distinctive voices to the characters, but the voices he chooses for some of the characters are overly dramatic and not really appropriate.
I never really connected with this story. I was still waiting to be drawn in when it abruptly ended.
Note: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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