Monday, September 14, 2015
Book Review: "Best Boy" by Eli Gottlieb
I love that all of this is from Todd's innocent and childlike perspective, and that it stays true to that perspective straight through the conclusion. He is such a wonderful character with his self-awareness and insight into the other people he is in contact with. And those other people really help build a story around him. They are complex people with their own motivations that we can identify through Todd's lens even if he doesn't or maybe even can't.
The narrative is just beautifully written. I loved the way Todd phrased certain things, as when he was describing the definition of love. I also liked being in his head when he started focusing deeply on what he was doing (like eating) when there was something major going on or a conversation going on around him.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and am so glad I ran across it. Todd is someone that will stay with me for a long time to come.
by Eli Gottlieb
Liveright Publishing/Norton, 2015