Someday This Pain Will be Useful to You by Peter Cameron

Eighteen-year-old New Yorker James Sveck is happiest by himself. “People, at least in my experience, rarely say anything interesting to each other. They always talk about their lives and they don’t have very interesting lives. So I get impatient.” Now it’s his last summer before college, and James isn’t even sure he WANTS to go to college. He may just chuck it all and use his tuition money to buy a house in Kansas where he can be completely and utterly ALONE. But his divorced parents, worried about his strange love for the Mid-West and the fact that he may be gay (even though it supposedly “wouldn’t bother them one bit!”) send him to a shrink to in order to clear up his issues and go off to Brown like a good boy. Though James is skeptical about therapy at first, Dr. Adler manages to get him talking about all the things he never thought he’d share: his disastrous school trip to Washington D.C., his unacknowledged attraction to his mother’s sophisticated male gallery employee, and what he might have seen from the windows of his downtown Manhattan high school on 9/11. Suddenly, James realizes he is completely and utterly SAD, and has been for a long time. What he decides to do in order to change his depressed status forms the basis of this neurotic, funny, Woody-Allen-film of a YA novel. Its’ twin sister in the world of YA lit. is Garret Freymann-Weyr’s brilliant My Heartbeat, also featuring a smart, confused New York teen with issues. So if you’re finally sick of the vapid world of Gossip Girl, come visit a whole other New York within the pages of adult author Peter Cameron’s first title for older teens

6 thoughts on “Someday This Pain Will be Useful to You by Peter Cameron

  1. Can you fault him for loving the Mid-West? It’s so easy to find yourself, alone performing to an empty Theatre in the Park or singing Romeo and Juliette in a downtown common. Drinking Arizona while in laying in California only happens in Illinois.

  2. I remember the feeling of drinking Arizona in California very well, Jack. Thanks for reminding me of a great memory:)

  3. I read this book cos it looked like it had a good meaning to da story but I am sorry to say that I thought it was weird………..maybe I missed sumthin!!!

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