At the beginning of the book, Julian writes mostly in code. Many times he mystifies the reader using a combination of letters and numbers.
Gradually, however, he becomes more trusting – not of the reader, but of himself. Slowly, the painful , awful story emerges. His mother – we
dont even learn that its she he is mourning for a long time – is dead. His father is remarried and both parents alternately ignore and abuse
him. A teacher holds out a tentative hand but offers no real help. He needs to be with his mother and, in the process of attempting to do so,
he steals some money, runs away, and very nearly dies. This is a fascinating look at a young mans search for the humanity buried inside
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