This is a story all about how Lucas James’ life got twisted upside down. Now try and get the tune out of your head. Good luck, it’s been in mine all day.
Lucas James has just been dumped, by the loving and patient girlfriend that just couldn’t take any more. And, as we begin to hear about James’ life in Growth and Change are Highly Overrated, it’s clear she was a saint who did the best she could.
Lucas James is an interesting character choice, and certainly a bold one. He is an aspiring, ageing, rock star who has never contributed anything to society. He is a narcissist that should have been dealt a harsh dose of reality a long time ago, but has had just enough charm and good looks to have sailed through life so far.
To balance such a self-destructive and obnoxious character, Starita provides a strong comedic narration that offers deft critique of the bizarre contradictions of modern life, and will make you laugh out loud. But, this means the story itself is almost entirely reliant on his writing skill to keep us enticed.
The true mettle of the relationship’s soul is not found inside the suite of a five-star hotel; it’s in the foxhole you dig together with your bare hands as the bullets fly overhead.
After a while, the haphazard and languid nature of the story starts to become tedious to follow, with regular flashbacks, rambling anecdotes and very little progression.
I’m taking the long road to get to the point, but bear with me. Hell, taking the long road to get to the point is basically the premise of this entire book. At this point you shouldn’t be surprised. Anyway, it’s only a couple minutes longer.
The comedy follows a similar vein throughout, which although brilliant, is laid on a little thick. I think with a round of editing, Starita could re-balance it and produce something extremely memorable.
For me, the long thought-provoking monologues started to crash inharmoniously together to the detriment to the storyline. As it stands, I have given up halfway through the book, and will have to live with the unanswered question, of whether Lucas James can change.