Monday, May 24, 2010

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen

Louis Drax is an accident-prone boy. He's also much more intelligent than a child of his age is usually, which earns him the nickname of "Wacko Boy" at school. Louis has a therapist Fat Perez, whom notices that Louis is stuck on the idea that his father is not his real father. Several encounters with his father and mother seem to confirm this idea in Louis' head. During a family picnic, a fight occurs and Louis falls off a cliff, almost killing him and Louis' dad disappears. Louis is brought to Dr. Dannachet who specializes in coma patients, but Dr. Dannachet starts to unravel what really happened during that picnic and both his family and the Drax family start to fall apart.

This book is quite twisted and different from any other book I've read. Despite the fact that certain aspects of the story could never happen, the story pulls it off and makes the book quite the page turner. I never really liked Dr. Dannachet because I don't believe he could fall in love so easily but I really enjoyed Louis' story, including the narrative during his coma. Quite an interesting book!

First Line: "I'm not most kids."


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