Engage your reader. Explain things -- even the 'obvious'. This is important.
Gavin Extence is an author to watch for. Though this may now sound like a depressing book, it really is more 'life-affirming', due to the style with which it is approached, and the inclusion of Alex's other anecdotes, like his relationship with older teen rebel, Ellie.
Peterson of his innocence. In an effort to hide from those making his life miserable, Alex stumbles upon his garden and hothouse, where he finds safety hiding in a shed.
Where we're going? As such, he is 'different', which, as he so wittily observes: "is the fast-track to Pariah Town.
Put slightly differently, I believe that the best lessons in creative writing come from reading -- as deeply and widely as possible.
When it comes to death and disaster, less is more. Reading teaches you big, important lessons about what makes your own imagination tick, and trying to write the sort of fiction you love to read teaches you even more.All creative writing starts as imitation. This is an idealised version of how this might happen, and the fact that Alex narrates means that we don't pull up and see this from another character's point of view -- how they might worry about Alex's reactions, how he might feel -- and that might make some people feel that this is a book somehow advocating for euthanasia. It just emphasises choice, and how very comforting it is to many people to know that they have control over even that last inevitability. It shows you what works for you and what doesn't, what comes naturally and what you struggle with -- what you can and can't do. If you don't understand why someone would want assisted suicide, this might help. What was apparent to me from the beginning is that this is a book about an assisted suicide. The morals and events that are threaded throughout are at times funny, yet also tragic. Being very intelligent and rather bookish, he draws the ire of bullies at school. The story draws you in, dragging you along step by step as Alex and Mr. Escaping these bullies is what brings an elderly reclusive widower, Mr. Alex Woods is a secular hero, for whom adolescent awakening is more death than sex.