Tanner Stransky
December 14, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Gone and Back Again

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Jonathon Scott Fuqua
publisher
Soft Skull
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

Narrating with hindsight, Caley dissects his descent into depression and paranoia when he was an 11-year-old with an expanding waistline in Jonathon Scott Fuqua’s latest novel, Gone and Back Again. Beyond the usual growing pains, he battles neglectful parents, suffers insomnia, dabbles with alcohol, and develops a real fear of Star Trek (”It’s…sort of trying to get me,” he says cryptically). The self-loathing underdog calls himself ”the kind of kid who, even if you wanted to, you didn’t care about.” But that’s where he’s wrong: You can’t help but salute the plucky boy and the rich confession that is this bold, darkly humorous tale. B+

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