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When the author emailed me asking if I'd be willing to listen to and review his book, I agreed without having a firm grasp on the premise of the book.
The first few chapters didn't really grab me. They felt like a memoir that leaned heavily on stating facts and feelings rather than pulling the reader into the emotion of the circumstances. However, after Dennis leaves the rehab and begins interacting with peers (especially Beth--a girl who becomes his best friend), my interest was piqued. The last third of the story turned a lot more serious and even dark. Dennis turns from a boy struggling to find his purpose and place in the world to someone self-absorbed, bitter, and obsessed. In the final chapter, after drastic and sickening behavior, Dennis verbally delivers the message of the book to his young cousin.
Cane and Able is not a book that fits neatly into a specific genre or set of expectations. If you enjoy high concept books that come right out and state their message yet still manage to leave you with question marks, this is definitely a read you'll enjoy. Due to violence and a chapter containing a stereotypical bachelor party, I would not recommend the story for young teenagers or below.
/I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own./