What Is Real

What Is Real

Book - 2011
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Dex Pratt's life has been turned upside down. His parents have divorced and his mother has remarried. When his father attempts suicide and fails, Dex returns to their small town to care for him. But he's not prepared for how much everything has changed. Gone are the nice house, new cars, fancy bikes and other toys. Now he and his wheelchair-bound dad live in a rotting rented house at the back of a cornfield. And, worse, his father has given up defending marijuana growers in his law practice and has become one himself.

Unable to cope, Dex begins smoking himself into a state of surrealism. He begins to lose touch with what is real and what he is imagining. And then there are the aliens...and the girl-of-his-dreams...and the crop circle...
Publisher: Victoria, BC : Orca Book Publishers, c2011
ISBN: 9781554693566
Branch Call Number: TEEN FIC Riv
Characteristics: 295 p. ; 21 cm

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brittanyapplewhite_0 Jan 06, 2016

From reading the summary on the back of the book I was very excited to see Dex's story unfold and see if he could survive this unsurvivable situation. Sadly I was disappointed not on plot but how the story was told. Dex shifts his thoughts very quickly between thoughts of a stoner and thoughts of being a guilt reddened depressed teenager. To be very frank the book in how it's written is kind of shitty. But the fact that Dex is in such situation, which would make the average person either kill themselves or change their name and move away leaving his family behind, makes the reader want to keep reading. I can relate it to an ASPCA commercial, you hate the bullshit music of the commericial and some of those animals look like the childhood pets you had but your parents told you they ran away, but you still have an ounce of humanity that makes you want to help or in this case see how the story ends. It is a tale of finding who you are and a tale of survival.

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