On a September night in 1971, a few days after getting busted for dropping acid, a sixteen-year-old curls up in the corner of her ratty bedroom and begins to write. Now the truth can finally be revealed about the mysterious day long ago when the authorities found a child, calmly walking in the... show more
On a September night in 1971, a few days after getting busted for dropping acid, a sixteen-year-old curls up in the corner of her ratty bedroom and begins to write. Now the truth can finally be revealed about the mysterious day long ago when the authorities found a child, calmly walking in the boiling desert, covered with blood. The girl is Roberta Rohbeson, and her rant against a world bounded by "the cruddy top bedroom of a cruddy rental house on a very cruddy mud road" soon becomes a detailed account of another story, one that she has kept silent since she was eleven. Darkly funny and resonant with humanity, Cruddy, masterfully intertwines Roberta's stories -- part Easy Rider and part bipolar Wizard of Oz. These stories, the backbone of Roberta's short life, include a one-way trip across America fueled by revenge and greed and a vivid cast of characters, starring Roberta's dangerous father, the owners of the Knocking Hammer Bar-cum-slaughterhouse, and runaway adolescents. With a teenager's eye for freakish detail and a nervous ability to make the most horrible scenes seem hilarious, Cruddy is a stunning achievement.
Publish date: October 10th 2000
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 305
Edition language: English
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5 StarsI want to say I enjoyed this book but "enjoyed" is definitely the wrong word. I DO know I'm adding it to my -favorites- list. It is amazing. Maybe I feel this way because it's somewhat relatable for/to me .....as far as the partying... and the drugs.. and the strange and amazing "acquaintance...
This is an incredibly dark novel that has some laugh-out-loud moments. I don't know that I've ever had such mixed feelings about a book. Its darkness - the narrator, Roberta, has a terrible life - made it difficult to read at times. Roberta's voice, however, is so compelling that I kept coming back ...
I've read a lot of ugly things in my life but this book touches on a deeper level because of this young child's age and the horrors she endures daily in her truly "cruddy" life. If it weren't so darned sad it'd be almost funny. Wish this book had been around when I was 14 or so and my own life may n...