Here’s why I loved it:
- Teddy Wayne is a great writer. He clearly loves words and the word play throughout is delightful. Even if I didn’t like the story, I would like Wayne’s writing.
- It’s a Campus Novel, and what better time of year for it, right?
- At first I really related to David, the protagonist. He’s average height, average looks, not too popular and he’s hoping all that will change at university. Relatable, right? And then, he becomes not so relatable and then down right despicable.
- In the end it is a very troubling novel, and one that I hope gets a lot of discussion started. And that’s all I’ll say.
Who would like this novel? Ok, if you are like me and love a Campus Novel, then you are going to read this anyways. But even if you don’t love a Campus Novel you will want to read Loner if you liked novels like The Dinner by Herman Koch. This might seem like an odd comparison, but both novels started out with me feeling one thing and relating to certain characters in a certain way and by the end everything was turned on its head. And even as I’m promoting the heck out of Loner, I should also note that it should probably come with a Trigger Warning.
I’d like to thank the publisher for providing me with a review copy via NetGalley.