Tonawanda News — It’s that motivation that leads Pat to agree to participate in what the trailer for the film would have viewers believe is the main purpose of the story: a dance competition. After meeting Tiffany, a friend’s sister who is equally as unhinged, he is convinced to help her win a dance competition in exchange for help in winning back Nikki.
My biggest complaint — and it’s not all that much of a complaint — is the book’s diction. It’s a first-person narrative that, aside from the content, could be written by a 12-year-old. The language is at times stilted, almost as if you’re reading a middle-schooler’s essay on how to win the love and affection of a woman, and the importance of believing in happy endings. Run-on sentences reign supreme.
The neural health facility is “the bad place,” and his separation from Nikki is “apart time.”
When he returns home, he believes his mother’s story of how a burglar stole all the framed photos in the house and she wasn’t able to replace the ones from his and Nikki’s wedding because she didn’t have the negatives.
“I ask why a burglar would want pictures of Nikki and me, and my mother says she puts all of her pictures in very expensive frames. ‘Why didn’t the burglar steal the rest of the family pictures?’ I ask. Mom says the burglar stole all the expensive frames, but she had the negatives for the family portraits and had them replaced.
“I tell my mother that if that burglar comes back, I’ll break his kneecaps and beat him within an inch of his life, and she says, ‘I believe you would.’ “
The language is at once annoying and charming. It serves its purpose, and for that, I appreciate it, but it’s a little like reading a book in which the characters’ accents are phonetically spelled out. A bit distracting.