Dear J. Brandon Lowry,

Yeahs! You perfectly stated what I kept muttering about! I bought this book because the ad for a movie looked good & I prefer to read the book first. I started reading it, then stopped in sheer frustration.

Even though I was of the “right” age in the ’80s, I was never a gamer, so I found myself bored stupid. Next, most of the time the hero wasn’t playing, he was complimenting himself — how smart he was to memorize this or play that to perfection earlier in life. Golly, when I wasn’t admiring his skills, I was wondering just how old he was to have had the time for ALL those books & games , yet still manage do enough homework not to get kicked out of school & somehow find a way to feed himself ‘cause sure as shit no one else was taking care of him, surrounded as he was by abusers & other miscreants. Luckily, I don’t think anyone ever goes to the bathroom in the virtual world.

Sorry for rambling, obviously you touched a raw nerve. I still can’t believe someone recommended this book to me! All thumbs way down on the book, not on the review.

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.