4 out of 4 stars
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Disociety is a modern-day fiction novel written by Joe Kovanda and published in February 2020. At under 100 Kindle edition pages, the story is easily read in one sitting, although with a multitude of dark and twisted happenings, as a reader, I found it a lot to take in during one read. Most accurately described as fitting in the dark humor genre, the story follows Franklin, a high school senior, as he trudges his way through complications with school and life in general.
After the death of his father, Franklin turns to a mind-altering concoction of cough medicine to numb his emotions. Along with his troubled group of friends, Franklin finds himself at the receiving end of hatred from many different people within his school and community, ultimately causing him even more demise as time goes on. Although a few of the occurrences didn’t appear to be something Franklin would be to blame for, his lack of care and failure to speak up seemed to work against him in more ways than one. Franklin's best friend, Sam, who also doubles as the girl he has fallen in love with, despite insisting she is way out of his league, has experienced significant trauma of her own, ultimately giving them some deep common ground.
Franklin's character was instantly likable, despite his negative attitude and indifference towards everyone around him. He's typically rude and careless, however, his humor was instantly something I found myself relating to. Although I wouldn't necessarily say he presented significant character growth throughout the story, there were glimpses into how he really felt, allowing readers to gain insight into why he reacts the way he does.
The editing for the story was clearly professionally done, as I found no errors while reading. I was also impressed with the way the author portrayed Franklin to be much more mature than others his age intellectually, although his external actions often showed otherwise. I found myself occasionally hoping someone would intervene on his reckless behavior, while also hoping he would have an epiphany moment and decide to make the changes for himself.
I'm pleased to rate Disociety 4 out of 4 stars. The book was impressively well-written, accurately displaying the troubling thoughts that are often running through teenage minds. I appreciated the author's presentation of an obviously intelligent young man, however, one that understandably needed some psychological help. I enjoyed reading Disociety much more than I had anticipated I would, of which I mainly give credit to the dark humor presented. There was nothing I didn't like about the story, however, there is a strong need for a reader's discretion due to illegal drug use, underage alcohol consumption, explicit language, mature themes, and more specifically, concern with a school shooter. I would suggest the story for mature readers who feel they are able to mentally process a story with notable dark themes.
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