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Matic contrast to his own but now it too is showing signs of falling apartShe looked like she'd been treated with a glaze made from fairies' wings and angels' haloes He had the body of a Greek god and not even one of the crappy ones like Deipneus the god of breadAt school he meets September At first her family seems to have it together So why is she always calling in a panic asking for help with yet another crisisSomeone had put on Super Sounds of Stagflation or some other 'Best of the '70s' compilation and he had taken to the dance floor like a one man disco inferno or at least a disco grease fireAll right what gives Somber plot lines warnings of disaster but wacky uot. My feelings about this book are complex I want to talk to other people I know who have read it but due in part to the subject matter I would also have a hard time exactly recommending it to people It s dark though not dour and it both deals with trauma as a story element AND happens to coincide with real life trauma that shows up in the news again and again But I gave it five stars because I read than half of it in a single day I couldn t stop myself from going back to itA complicating factor here is that I ve been a reader of Cadre s blog for over a decade and just now got around to his novel While I don t know his life story I do know some of the personal things he s shared there and I can project some of the ways they might have shaped this story it s difficult for me to divorce the writer from the writing because of that strong parasocial impression Some of the protagonist s issues and limits of perspective seem deliberate markers of his gender age and circumstance And some of the material that made me uncomfortable is I think an argument on behalf of the author an argument about reexamining the American culture of relationships particularly within families Between those two things is a subtle gray area that I found tricky to navigateThe argumentative material provoked a lot of thought The teenage boy perspective provoked a familiar discomfort I don t think either of those is bad But because of their overlap and because of my own limits of perspective it seems like a wholehearted endorsement of the book would carry connotations that would concern meI don t know I m glad I read it and people don t seem to have a problem recommending like Lolita But Ready Okay deserves to be handled with care it s loaded uinze dias know who have read it but due in part to the subject matter I would also have a hard time exactly recommending it to people It s dark though not dour and it both deals with trauma as a story element AND happens to coincide with real life trauma that shows up in the news again and again But I gave it five stars because I read than half of it in a single day I couldn t stop myself from going back to itA complicating factor here is that I ve been a reader of Cadre s blog for over a decade and just now got around to his novel While I don t Cheating for the Chicken Man know his life story I do The Last Runaway know some of the personal things he s shared there and I can project some of the ways they might have shaped this story it s difficult for me to divorce the writer from the writing because of that strong parasocial impression Some of the protagonist s issues and limits of perspective seem deliberate markers of his gender age and circumstance And some of the material that made me uncomfortable is I think an argument on behalf of the author an argument about reexamining the American culture of relationships particularly within families Between those two things is a subtle gray area that I found tricky to navigateThe argumentative material provoked a lot of thought The teenage boy perspective provoked a familiar discomfort I don t think either of those is bad But because of their overlap and because of my own limits of perspective it seems like a wholehearted endorsement of the book would carry connotations that would concern meI don t On Tidy Endings know I m glad I read it and people don t seem to have a problem recommending like Lolita But Ready Okay deserves to be handled with care it s loaded

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Es Is this a rollicking comedy or a bleak tragedyAnswer yesThis book is an emotional roller coaster One minute you're laughing at the narrator next minute your heart is pounding next minute you can't sit still next minute you're screaming and the next minute you're crying Then it starts again Sarah Strickland GoodreadsDo not turn your back on this novel It is garishly funny fierce as hell and surprisingly suddenly full of grace Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket If you've read this book before but the uotes look a little unfamiliar not uite what you remember from the hardcover that's because this is the fully revised second edition of Ready Okay Visit to learn about it. When I finished this book I called it good and also said I was devastated The charming array of characters from the first half found drugs abuse failure loss or worse The picture of our society that is painted here is sharply critical and overwhelmingly sad One aspect of this social critiue is the world of teenagers At first it seems that parents are just absent from the narrative in the way that parents are not part of teenagers social scene but further reading shows that the best parent is oblivious Their children may whore themselves out for drugs More often parents or guardians are neglectful Sometimes they are abusive The best parent of the story is the narrator s father To bad he s dead He also had five children with a woman who seemed to have little interest in them so he was far from perfect In some sense there was a need for meaningful authority to reward goodness and protect the innocent but it never happened The parents themselves were too busy seeking whatever they thought might give their lives meaning The other thing and it is connected is the way that boys sexuality is portrayed They bully cajole and rape the girls The girls are often oblivious to the way they are mistreated are unempowered by their world their parentless and therefore loveless lives and with few exceptions accept this treatment At one point a notorious deflowerer of girls explains to the narrator that all women are masochists They like boys when there is a potential to hurt His list of conuests for so he views them seem to bear out his theory in this story So 1 read the book 2 punch somebody in the crouch who s thinking with it 3 If you are going to have a child love it And tell it that if it thinks with its crouch instead of its heart you ll punch it in the crouch

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REVISED SECOND EDITIONThe day I turned sixteen years old I had no idea that in a few weeks nearly everyone I cared about would be dead It was therefore with a free and unclouded spirit that I went down to the DMV and failed my driving testAllen Mockery's family is in ruins He and his siblings have been left to fend for themselves and the results Gang fights in the driveway The occasional police raid And explosions are among the less disconcerting sounds from the room across the hallI'll have a kiwano cherimoya smoothie please And for my two free mix ins paprika and ibuprofenAllen has found a refuge at his best friend Peggy's house Hers seemed like the ideal family a dra. So post college I found this book in the YA section of my local library I read it and fell in love My roommate then read it and she fell in love I re read it she re read it etc Somehow I manage to forget the title and the author and in the subseuent ten years or so I keep searching the internet for some clue that will lead me back to this bookThen lo and behold in the dingy aisles of a large dollar store in Middlebury VT this past Christmas I find twenty hardback editions I bought five Adam Cadre if you are reading this msg me and I d be happy to send you a check as I imagine you are getting no royalties from that saleAnyway I just read it for I think the third timeThis novel is the satire that me and my high schools would have written if our lives had been slightly disaffected and suburban It is the literary complement to the amazing Veronica Mars tooThe basic plot a wise ass super intelligent kid has found a position for himself in the delicate ecosystem of high school It reuires him to be a sort of a proud dork an emissary between social groups and terminally sarcastic He comes from a family that has been through a lot and he is attracted unsurprisingly to a girl down the street who he thinks represents utter normalcyOf course he is wrong and a lot happens to drive the book toward a tragic ending which is heavily foreshadowed from page one It s important to remember that this is a form of satire and while the plot points may sound cliched two things really set it apart 1 the characters represent fully formed people There is a tendency to think of high schoolers as absent the same personality traits we observe in adults Yes kids are still developing etc but some of them are as big of an asshole at 16 as they will be at 52 and Cadre captures that well 2 The narrative voice Devastatingly funny insightful and clueless all at the same timeI can not say enough about this book and yet I think this review falls somewhat flat Trust me Just read it I have a few extra copies


10 thoughts on “Ready Okay

  1. says:

    So post college I found this book in the YA section of my local library I read it and fell in love My roommate then read

  2. says:

    this book changed my life well maybe not really but i have to say that this is one of those books that i will always always refer to a

  3. says:

    On Cadre's website he mentions that one of his favorite kinds of stories are those which establish a false ceiling; they suggest a certain narrative capacity which is eventually surpassed when the reason for that initial limitation is revealed and eliminated He does something similar in this book in which a precocious high schooler relates the events leading up to his final year of school at the end of which as he warns in the very first

  4. says:

    Yep just gonna sit here and sob Actual review to come once I can see through my tearsOk ok I've collected myself So I read the first edition of this book when I was a freshman or sopho in high school And it was easily my favorite book of all time for years and years I reread it a few times and I am not typically a rereader So when

  5. says:

    I don't know how to feel right now

  6. says:

    My feelings about this book are complex I want to talk to other people I know who have read it but due in part to the subject matter I would also have a hard time exactly recommending it to people It's dark though not dour and it both deals with trauma as a story element AND happens to coincide with real life trauma that shows up in the news again and again But I gave it five stars because I read than half of

  7. says:

    When I finished this book I called it good and also said I was devastated The charming array of characters from the first half found drugs abuse failure loss or worse The picture of our society that is painted here is sharply critical and overwhelmingly sad One aspect of this social critiue is the world of teena

  8. says:

    The very first sentence of this book tells you that it's not going to end happily Lots of people are going to die Within the first couple chapters you realize that they're going to die in a shooting probably reminiscent of Columbine And you are not mistaken Don't get me wrong this book is very funny The characters are memorable uniue and y

  9. says:

    I didn't care for the book as I was reading it at first The character development was exhausting But it needed to be It made me whole heartedly feel each emotion This is a book that will stick with me for a lifetime Wow Just wow

  10. says:

    I played his game Photopia and we share the same birthday must read

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