If there was ever a worse book, I haven’t found it. This book goes nowhere and accomplishes nothing. It veers off into hundreds of directions without slowing down to breathe. This book could easily be compared to long sad movies with no real ending. There are some things so dissimilar things such as when he is in the middle of telling a story and the narrator suddenly announces that he has been with all these legendary people like Hank Aaron. Then there is another part at the end of the book where he tries to make the appearance of Christopher Columbus make sense. Nowhere in any universe or on any level does that make any logically sagacity. When he is talking about Hendrix at Woodstock he overdoes it completely. This book can easily kill the joy of reading an interesting and well thought out ploy in an instance. The high point of this book is when a drunk man is being dragged by a roller coaster. That just says everything. The low point in this book is when we notice (not find out) but notice that the main character needs saving and there is no one there to do it since his dad died. He was a loss before then.
There are books like To Kill a Mocking Bird , The Catcher in the Rye, or The Chocolate War which all have a plausible story line good well thought out characters and excellent completely unexpected endings. In the first we learn the story of Boo Radley who is an intriguing character. Holden captures our spirit in the second. In the last Jerry battles all odds with no success. In this book Junior gets a woman pregnant and drops out of college and he has a son. Wow! Alert the Media!!! This book has no rhyme or reason. Its plot just goes from boring to painful as we are tortured through 242 pages of excruciating confusion. There isn’t much good to say about this book at all if anything. Norma is the only plausible character, and perhaps if this book were about her and only her we would be in great shape. Unfortunately, there are scores of unimportant characters who mid way through the book you don’t care if they survive to the end. In fact you wish they would all perish in an accident so the book would end already.