1. This author has a degree is writing and used the word "gentle" as a verb. He gentled his voice. That's just unacceptable.
2. I must be super out of touch because there were teen slang terms in this book I have never heard before like "jaws" and "chag". Wtf do those mean?
3. Blatant homophobia. For San Francisco, these kids sure do seem to call everyone a "fag". Again, not cool.
4. Wow, this whole book was a giant teen drama trope. Teacher/student screwing; the new, naive teacher that wants to save all her students; suicide; bullies; stoners; out of touch parents.
This book wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything special either. It was mediocre.
I do not ever remember high school being this damn dramatic. And I was bullied like no tomorrow. But this? This is ridiculous.
I am glad Molly was mortified by Ellison's manuscript, though. Good God, the little excerpt we were given was a lesson in misogyny. Not to mention it wasn't even a veiled attempt to write about himself as the main character. He just did, right down to the belt he wore. That's bad writing 101: never make the main character you. They can have a couple of your traits, but never make them you. It's sloppy and boring. Ellison was a creep anyway so it figures he would be egotistical enough to write himself like that. What a dick.
This book is better than All at Sea but about on par with The Mothers so far. Meh.