He is disturbed, possibly gay, and somewhat cynical, just to list a few things. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is the story of James Sveck, a sophisticated, vulnerable young man with a deep appreciation for the world and no idea how to live in it.James is eighteen, the child of divorced parents living in Manhattan. The book ends with him going to college because he couldn't muster enough energy not to - which was basically his entire existence. The only thing that bothers me is that James is not concerned about money beyond how he would afford a house in the Midwest; it's hard for me to relate to someone so well set up. Heh. Although every other book jacket on the planet claims to have found the modern-day successor to Holden Caulfield, James Sveck is the closest we've come across so far. A few memorable quotes in here but that's about it. [Why’d the protagonist make a fake dating account to trick his crush? That said -- would I give my own book five stars? James is the main character, he is almost painfully self-aware and so intelligent it sets him apart form others and essentially prohibits him from having normal relationships with people. Unable to add item to List. Really Smart and Moody Teens and the Adults who wish they were teens like James. This book is a pitch perfect literary gem, with a comic precocious hero, James Sveck who is better read than most adults twice his age (this one included). Directed by Roberto Faenza. Instead, he’s surfing the real estate listings, searching for a sanctuary—a nice farmhouse in Kansas, perhaps. His mom, sister, and pretty much every. However, James finds himself dreaming of buying a house in the Midwest where he can live out his life in … Well, like it’s YA status (or lack of it), it’s also not exactly a gay novel either. He has just graduated high school, but instead of listening to his parents and going to Brown University, he would rather buy an old house in the middle of Kansas. ), Black Hours; 1st edition (October 3, 2016). Marcia Gay Harden stars as James' mother, Peter Gallagher plays his father and Ellen Burstyn plays his grandmother. For me, it's halfway between third and home, and that's a very admirable place to be. James Sveck doesn't like people his own age. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is the story of James Sveck, a sophisticated, vulnerable young man with a deep appreciation for the world and no idea how to live in it.James is eighteen, the child of divorced parents living in Manhattan. I just kept waiting on this book to get good, or to just go somewhere. This book took me by surprise. The reviews are often the best thing about the book, though, so I'd recommend the review in this case. Equally suited to adults and older teens. This book is a pitch perfect literary gem, with a comic precocious hero, James Sveck who is better read than most adults twice his age (this one included). Children's Book Review: Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron, Author. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is a young adult novel for older teens by Peter Cameron. Quickly came to realize the main character just needed to get over himself, which made reading the rest of the book tiresome. Welcome back. There are a few insightful moments, but not enough. The difficult thing is to not be overwhelmed by the bad patches. On others, no. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is the story of James Sveck, a sophisticated, vulnerable young man with a deep appreciation for the world and no idea how to live in it.James is eighteen, the child of divorced parents living in Manhattan. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. I think that's what … Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You takes place over a few broiling days in the summer of 2003 as James confides in his sympathetic grandmother, stymies his canny therapist, deplores his pretentious sister, and devises a fake online identity in order to pursue his crush on a much older coworker. The main characters have some similarities, but James Sveck is a lot more fun (even though he claims he is not) and the writing is much, much better. I want to put my arms around him. It's a small novel and it's not developed like longer books are, but every page, every word blew my breath away. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You by Peter Cameron available in Hardcover on Powells.com, also read synopsis and reviews. (See the quotes section for his smart, wry observations). Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron An apparently unread copy in perfect condition. Ultimately, he is really struggling to find meaning and connection with people, to find a way to ‘fit in’ while trying to remain authentic. Please try again. Sometimes the dramatic core of a movie is so on target and emotionally persuasive that you can forgive small accompanying missteps. Powerful, mature book about bright teen's alienation. I just read it and I don't think I could tell you. I adored this book and am surprised I hadn't heard of it until Goodreads recommended it to me. That said, this is not a depressing book; I don't read depressing books. I withhold a fifth star as I felt the book doesn't quite make it to home plate, or base, or whatever the straight boys say. I don't think wealthy kids are any less likable or have any fewer problems, b. The playwright and poet explores the pain and psychological plight of what it means to be a black man in 2016. Reviewed by: JodiG. This book is a pitch perfect literary gem, with a comic precocious hero, James Sveck who is better read than most adults twice his age (this one included). For me, it's halfway between third and home, and that's a very admirable place to be. We’d love your help. James is eighteen, the child of divorced parents living in Manhattan. It appears that the only possible options in the UK are either paperback or audio CD. A vulnerable teenager with a deep perception of the world and no idea how to live in it. Cameron doe. See 2 questions about Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You…, Best YA Fiction with GLBTQQI themes / characters, the curious incident of the dog in the night-time, Chosen as the first book in our Carpool Book Club, 9 Books that Goodreads Editors Highly Recommend. It may seem a misfortune now, and it makes things difficult, but well--it's easy to feel all the happy, simple stuff. Another reason why I loved this book is because it is also very funny. I could see myself in these pages. This book was recommended to me AFTER my own book about a gay teen (who's not the main character!) With Toby Regbo, Marcia Gay Harden, Peter Gallagher, Lucy Liu. Knowing how hard it is to do that well I think Cameron does it VERY well, indeed. “What if she was meant to be, or could have been, someone important in my life? In this book he creates a fake dating profile to meet up with an older coworker, as well as recounts his traumatic past with his snide therapist. I had respect for the fact that Cameron wasn't afraid to show both young, older and elderly adults getting caught up in behaving like jerks at times. It moved me. SOMEDAY is a conversation on: Systemic racism, implicit bias, privilege, police brutality, integration, and a legacy of burdens cast upon the black community. His peers, his parents, his life, college(he hates Stanford more than Brown, by the way), his life...did I already mention that? 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