Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Boy Who Could See Demons

The Boy Who Could See Demons
Carolyn Jess-Cooke

First Sentence

People look at me funny when I tell them I have a demon."

Publisher's Description:

Alex Broccoli is ten years old, likes onions on toast, and can balance on the back legs of his chair for fourteen minutes. His best friend is a 9000-year-old demon called Ruen. When his depressive mother attempts suicide yet again, Alex meets child psychiatrist Anya. Still bearing the scars of her own daughter's battle with schizophrenia, Anya fears for Alex's mental health and attempts to convince him that Ruen doesn't exist. But as she runs out of medical proof for many of Alex's claims, she is faced with a question: does Alex suffer from schizophrenia, or can he really see demons?

Dear Reader,

The Boy Who Could See Demons is a book I couldn't put down. I wanted to know what was going to happen, so the Author was spot on with the compelling story. She was smart and created a fictional story with controversial ideas that made things interesting. I started thinking about child psychology and how some psychologists just feed kids drugs versus natural therapy. I'm getting ahead of myself though, I should probably give you a good idea of what this book is all about. 

The story involved a child who is struggling with his hold on reality after dealing with his mothers multiple attempted suicides. The larger part of the picture is really about the psychologist assigned to his case. She has had trauma in the past when her daughter committed suicide and she relates quite a bit of this past on the case with this boy. The title of the story gives us a glimpse into the disturbing psyche of the child, he can see demons but one in particular that tends to steer him in the wrong direction, getting him into all sorts of trouble. 

A good book needs more than just an original and compelling story, and this is where she fell short. The main character was detestable, which made me question if the Author wrote her to be that way. Her demeanor was such an annoyance that it was difficult to build an emotional connection, after awhile I didn't care what happened to her. She took too much of her personal life with her into this boys life, making it worse. That annoyed me BUT the worst part of the book was the ending. I wish I could talk about it but saying anything would ruin it... and the ending at least IS an ENDING. Should you read this? You might like it, and the story flies by enough to warrant the read... AND I would love a person to discuss the book with. Let me know what you think if you pick this one up.

Happy Reading,

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