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Book Title: The Porcupine of Truth|
Date of issue: May 26th 2015
ISBN 13: 9780545648936
The author of the book: Bill Konigsberg
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 838 KB
Edition: Arthur A. Levine Books
Read full description of the books The Porcupine of Truth:So. Fuck Carson.
Seriously, fuck that asshole. He's the kind of jerkoff that would insist that the A in lgbtiqa stands for ally. He's the kind of douche who would be upset that there was no space saved for him in a feminist space. He's gross. His inner thoughts (and boners) for his friend are fucking gross.
I suffered through this book to see if the text ever dealt with the fact that the protagonist was fucking gross. And. It did not. At the very end (the last fifty pages?) when Carson's grandfather's boyfriend showed up, things got a little better? But mostly, his grandfather fell into the same tropes you often see with cis white gay men.
So basically, fuck this book if you aren't a white cis boy.
Okay, I'm pretty sure I'm gonna get some blowback on my hatred of this book, so let me break down what made me uncomfortable.
A) The way Carson thinks about Aisha. Aisha is a lesbian, yes. So all of Carson's creepy "Ooh, but we could be boning if only she wasn't into giiiiiiiirls", was fucking gross. Even if Aisha was bisexual, just being interested in men doesn't mean that she'd be into Carson. So basically, he was five seconds away from whining about being friendzoned. But also, every time he thought about Aisha sexually, without any accompanying guilt, or weird feelings made me feel physically nauseous. He seriously thought if Aisha was made straight, he could date her, and wished for it without anything in the text stating that wasn't okay.
B) Carson is incredibly self centered. He does all sorts of things without ever thinking about how that could make another person feel, and again, the text does not punish him for it, nor does it made any sort of expression that is wrong. He fucking makes a joke about Aisha having to put out to have a place to sleep. I guess the audience is suppose to laugh at that, but FUCKING POOR TASTE YOU FUCKING DICK. Rape jokes aren't fucking funny. And if Aisha has been sleeping on the street, she's probably been raped, or threatened with it before. It was gross, and again, not addressed in the text.
C) I'm not arguing that teenage boys aren't fucking gross. However, that doesn't mean you have to normalize it. I could handle Carson being a fuckboy, but only if the text didn't give it tacit approval.
Basically, if this book had been mostly about the end, dealing with new family members, and changing beliefs, I could have been into. Instead, I felt miserable and ill and did not want to finish.
Two stars because I liked the ending.
Though, to be honest, subject to change. Depends on how I feel in the morning.
Read information about the authorBill Konigsberg was born in 1970 in New York City. Expectations were high from birth - at least in terms of athletics. His parents figured he'd be a great soccer player, based on his spirited kicking from inside the womb. As it turned out, the highlight of his soccer career was at Camp Greylock in 1978, when he was chosen for the Camp's "D" team. There were only four levels. Bill played alongside the likes of the kid who always showered alone, the chronic nosebleeder and the guy with recurrent poison ivy.
Early in his life, Bill decided he wanted to be a disc jockey, a professional baseball player, or the Indian from The Village People. None of these career paths worked out for him. Yet. He still holds out hope for a Village People revival and has set up a Google Alert in case it happens.
A B- student throughout high school, Bill was voted Most Likely to Avoid Doing Any Real Work In His Life by a panel of his dismissive peers. He proved them wrong with a series of strange-but-true jobs in his 20s - driver recruiter for a truck driving school, sales consultant for a phone company, and temp at Otis Elevators.
He moved to Denver in 1996 and was voted Least Stylish Gay Guy in the Metro Denver Area (including Loveland!) for each of the years from 1996-98. His fashion-free wardrobe robbed him of prospective dates countless times, as did his penchant for wearing a mustache that didn't suit him.
He worked at ESPN and ESPN.com from 1999-2002, where he developed a penchant for sharing too much information about himself. That character flaw earned him a GLAAD Media Award in 2002, for his column "Sports World Still a Struggle for Gays." That coming out essay made him a household name to tens of people across the country.
He continued oversharing in graduate school at Arizona State, where he added People Pleasing to his growing list of character defects and parlayed that into the title of Most Chill Teacher of freshman composition.
As a sports writer and editor for The Associated Press in New York from 2005-08, Bill once called his husband, who was at the time working a desk job, from the New York Mets dugout before a game. "I'm so bored," Bill whined. He slept on the couch for a week after making that call.
He wrote a novel called Audibles at Arizona State, and sold that novel to Dutton Books for Children in 2007. His editor asked him to change the title so that it would appeal to people other than "football players who read." The resulting novel, Out of the Pocket, received strong reviews from his mother, father, significant other and one girl who had a crush on him in high school. It won the Lambda Literary Award in 2009.
His second novel, Openly Straight, hit the bookshelves in late May of 2013. He describes the novel as "Twilight-like, only without vampires and wolves and angsty teenage girls. Also, set in an all-boys boarding school in Massachusetts. Otherwise, it's like an exact replica."
Openly Straight won the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor and is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.
Bill currently lives in Chandler, Arizona, which is the thinking man's Gilbert, Arizona.
His blog and website is at billkonigsberg.com.
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