01 April 2013

The Love Song Of Jonny Valentine ~ Teddy Wayne


Like being force fed a diet of mashed potato
"Voice" is good but has so little to say (or sing)

Perfect posting to bear the date of April Fool's Day ... must have been a joke whoever recommended this!  Mashed potato and no meat.

This was unrelenting schmaltz with all the emotional nuances of the pop songs sung by the main character. Where a plot might have a series of conflict/resolution episodes. the conflicts in this were mundane and seemed just a vehicle to allow more cardboard characters to be introduced.  Ohhh, we will have to replace that band or that manager or that whatever.  The climax with Jonny and his father was, yawn, boring.

The voice and point-of-view of the young narrator were well done (though he was too savvy too often) but really this just paraded social contexts past the reader (a child in an adult's word, a mother not acting her age, young sex, old sex, drugs, alcohol, cheesy pop songs) without developing an emotional connection.  I found this lazy storytelling, lacking true originality.

It was nothing more than a faux-bio : Jonny Valentine aka Justin Bieber.