Skippy Dies: A Novel was last months book club book and I apologize for now writing about it sooner but to be honest it wasn’t good! I was soo excited at first the book at first because the story sounded like alot of fun. The cast of characters seem to make the book more interesting and the story much more modern than I was expecting for a bunch of college boys in Ireland.
The story was interesting in the first few pages but then dog dull and dragging. I tried to get passed the slowness and bordem hoping that eventually the book would pick up but unfortunately it didn’t. This book got good reviews however which I was trying to respect. It could just be me but I really wasn’t interested. Incase you don’t agree here is a little more about Skippy Dies: Why does Skippy, a fourteen-year-old boy at Dublin’s venerable Seabrook College, end up dead on the floor of the local doughnut shop?
Could it have something to do with his friend Ruprecht Van Doren, an overweight genius who is determined to open a portal into a parallel universe using ten-dimensional string theory?
Could it involve Carl, the teenage drug dealer and borderline psychotic who is Skippy’s rival in love?
Or could “the Automator”—the ruthless, smooth-talking headmaster intent on modernizing the school—have something to hide?
Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the subject of this dazzling and uproarious novel, unraveling a mystery that links the boys of Seabrook College to their parents and teachers in ways nobody could have imagined. With a cast of characters that ranges from hip-hop-loving fourteen-year-old Eoin “MC Sexecutioner” Flynn to basketball playing midget Philip Kilfether, packed with questions and answers on everything from Ritalin, to M-theory, to bungee jumping, to the hidden meaning of the poetry of Robert Frost, Skippy Dies is a heartfelt, hilarious portrait of the pain, joy, and occasional beauty of adolescence, and a tragic depiction of a world always happy to sacrifice its weakest members. As the twenty-first century enters its teenage years, this is a breathtaking novel from a young writer who will come to define his generation.