A Masue of Infamy MOBI ó A Masue MOBI :Þ

A Masue of Infamy MOBI ó A Masue MOBI :Þ


  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • A Masue of Infamy
  • Kelly Dessaint
  • English
  • 06 July 2015
  • 9781930935334

10 thoughts on “A Masue of Infamy

  1. Michael Cuthbertson Michael Cuthbertson says:

    A Masue of Infamy is not your ordinary coming of age story and yet it is definitely a classic of that particular genre Dessaint's writing style is refreshing in numerous ways Uniuely his characters' language is natural and collouial and yet somehow Dessaint's dialogue always seems to be engrossing than the commonplace conversations we usually hear each day in our own lives Dessaint is an expert at sifting through the everyday conversations of teenagers and finding the magic and profound insight that often exists under the surface of seemingly unenlightened adolescent interactionsIn particular the novel's main protagonist Louis Baudrey is a character whose words and actions exude charisma throughout the book There were many many moments where I laughed out loud or chuckled under my breath at the smart ass comments of this rascally character Baudrey is a precocious teenager in a way that readers should find uite charming Louis is cunning but good spirited and he has a knack for making tough social situations work to his favor as much as possibleAlso as a devout anti establishment metalhead Baudrey is a character that rock punk and metal fans themselves may find particularly relatable I for one thoroughly appreciated getting such an intimate and earnest look at a teenager's passion for loud guitar music in the late Eighties a time period that some may argue was a high point for punk and metal musicWhat's also impressive is Dessaint's special ability to deal with the heavy subject matter of child abuse in a way that is honest and revealing without leaving the reader in despair Dessaint like his character Baudrey understands that what happened happened and that the truly interesting story is not the abusive episodes the children faced but rather how those children might manage to navigate their way out of that messy environment and seek for themselves a better future Indeed watching as Louis and Joey Baudrey attempt to do just this will have the reader engaged from cover to coverAnd apart from the fact that it is an entertaining and eye opening read A Masue of Infamy is also a decidedly clever book It is dense not in the sense that it contains obscure symbolic content for English departments to drool over but so in that it delivers a steady stream of those magical little human moments that a person without digging deeper like Dessaint does might mistake as dull Thus A Masue of Infamy is clever and uniue largely because it offers insight into a world that much resembles the real world people live in that it does resemble the sort of dramatized literary world that some writers spend their time writing aboutAfter reading his debut novel it is already manifestly clear that Dessaint is the sort of voice that has been sorely lacking from the literary landscape in recent years


  2. Sage Adderley-Knox Sage Adderley-Knox says:

    Louis Baudrey is a teen from California that makes a move cross country to Alabama with his family which consists of his younger brother father and Rick From the beginning I wanted to know exactly who Rick was and what role he played in the household Soon enough readers find out about what a creep Rick is and the abuse the boys have been dealing with In their new small town Louis rebels by being the misfit He is punk and proud roaming the halls of high school and annoying those that fear the differentNumerous times throughout the story I couldn’t help but laugh out loud Despite the dysfunction that was prominent in Louis’ life he maintained this great sense of humor He could take on the constantly revolving situations – moving to Alabama living in a foster home being transferred to a mental institution and then back on the road to be placed elsewhere You have 'death is the ultimate high' written on the side of your shoes Are you suicidal?No that's from Miami ViceLouis kept his composure and rarely showed a soft side but when he did it completely changed the mood of the book It was a firm reminder that this story is real This isn’t fiction and that Louis and his brother endured horrible things Louis juggled way than any teenager should His cravings for cigarettes and music helped pass the time but the darkness never gave him a break I wanted so badly to tell her about the nightmares and the Beast that lived under my mother's house in the crawlspace where as kids we were always afraid to go I remembered the earth beneath me in my face my nose in the dirt and the pipes over my headI would give this book 5 stars all day long It’s well written and captures your attention from the very beginning until the bitter end


  3. Htiek Murdnal Htiek Murdnal says:

    A Masue of Infamy is as beautiful as it is shocking Kelly Dessaint masterfully guides us through the horror of teen hood with remarkable insight and clarity This is one beast of book ladies and gentlemen This needs to be on your bookshelf


  4. Monika Monika says:

    A Masue of Infamy is an autobiographical novel a coming of age story out of the horrors of child abuse The dialogue is raw and rough the characters are very realKelly Dessaint has crafted his story so the reader keenly feels Louis and Joey's confusion frustration fear and anger as they experience it I was trying to figure out what the system was doing as the boys were being processed and moved around And the real story the one Louis doesn't allow himself to tell for so long is slowly revealed through his time in the hospital It explains his feelings and behavior and makes his story less about teenage rebellion and about a desperate search for some any semblance of stabilityI was far disgusted and horrified at the boys' family situation than they were and found their somewhat casual feelings toward the adults in their lives horrifying Whenever a novel contains a child abuse theme you know it isn't going to be an easy read But seeing just how easily children can be manipulated by their abusers was so difficultI was surprised and even a little angry that the story ended when it did I felt invested in these characters and didn't want the novel to end before I could find out whether or not they were really okay Louis develops into a confident capable young man but I was still worried about Joey and wanted to know how he faredThe trepidation I'm left with speaks to how well Dessaint connects readers with his characters' intensely desperate situation And despite the fact that there wasn't a neat and tidy ending I was left with a good deal of hope I received a copy of this book from free special for Kindle and agreed to participate in its virtual book tour by providing my honest review I did not receive any compensation for this review


  5. Elizabeth (Stuffed Shelves) Elizabeth (Stuffed Shelves) says:

    First of all let me just say this is an amazing book if it were a piece of fiction but knowing that it's an autobiographical novel makes it that much awesome The book is a bout a young boy who moves to the south Kelly's life is anything but boring the coming of age story will have you hooked by page one The dialogue between characters seems casual and out of the ordinary to most I could hear the voices and imagine them all so clearly in my mind I felt I knew them myself Louis seems like a guy I would want to get to know better and it was a pleasure to do so after reading this book He seems like the punk rocker kids I used to have as friends He's charismatic and really uite a smart ass which made me laugh out loud at many different parts of the book That in itself makes for a great book No matter the situation he always seems to make things work out in his best interestI too am from Southern California and moved to the south recently so I enjoyed taking the trip with Louis from Los Angeles to Alabama The colorful language reminds me of my own family and friends so the dialogue reminded me of some of my own memories When it comes to situations that may be difficult for some to write or even read he does not play the victim card he simply tells it how it is and how he escaped it all I enjoyed being taken through every emotion and situation that Louis went through and could relate a great portion of his life to my own I can't stress enough how much I enjoyed this book it was a such a uick read too because I just couldn't put it down I know once you pick this book up you won't want to put it down either Just because it's a coming of age story doesn't mean it's a juvenile book I would say everyone of all ages can relate and be entertained by the end of this book It deserves a 55 rating


  6. Maya Archer-doyle Maya Archer-doyle says:

    Gritty funny painful poignant I enjoyed this trip back in time and recognized those teenage years full confusion and excitement boredom and curiosity and the search for people from the same tribe so to speak Plus I like the author he's a lovely friendly funny human being


  7. Joey Joey says:

    A Masue of Infamy by Kelly DessaintNEW SPOILER FREE REVIEWAt the age of fifteen Louis moves from LA to Alabama with his dad younger brother and a friend of the family named Rick Louis with his punknew age rocker style and his patchwork family sticks out like a sore thumb in his new deeply religious community At home he fights a battle with Rick who tries to wield a high level of control and authority over him and his brother When he stumbles upon a set of photographs not meant for his eyes Louis has a decision to make that will change the course of his and his family’s lives forever This book had a lot of potential Do not believe the description on the front that says the author twists the horrors of growing up in a highly dysfunctional American family into a hilarious tale of survival First of all this book is not funny Not because it is about such serious subject matter It just flat out was not funny Louis who narrates the story is not really uniue in anyway other than he dresses like a punk He is not very smart he is not funny and he is not particularly heroic in anyway The description goes on to call the book a story about stubbornly overcoming the odds to live long enough to tell the truth I will avoid spoilers here but I will say that he doesn’t overcome anything He is a very passive self centered character who just sort of let’s things happen to him and to othersBasically Louis has no arch He experiences zero personal growth He is not around any one character long enough to form any kind of meaningful relationship as far as the story is concerned and there is pretty much no resolution At the end of the book it said that there are stories about Louis but I have zero interest in reading them The author failed to make me care about this kidThe writing in this book is not very good either There are plot holes and inconsistencies than a Fox News report In the beginning of the book when he is in school it is made clear that he is not a very good student gets straight D's and F's Sure the author could have set it up to make him smart but unable to perform well in school but the author didn't do that There is ONE reference to Louis reading in the beginning of the book and he was only reading magazines because he had nothing else to do However in the end of the book someone says to him Oh you’re so smart and you read all the time anyway The voice was really inconsistent in this book as well and not in a good way like in Push When Louis is narrating he uses big words that a teen would pretty much never use like erstwhile chortle and miasma Perhaps this was the authors attempt to make him seem smart However he never said these words or sounded smart at all when he was talking to other characters At one point someone says a word to him that is way less obscure than erstwhile but I forget what it actually was and he responds with I have no idea what that means The use of big words in the narration looked like the author was just randomly inserting SAT words into the story to make the writing seem sophisticated It was like his narration voice and speaking voice were two different characters Not like Renee from The Elegance of the Hedgehog who actively hides her intelligence from others It was just bad writingUltimately it seemed like this book rested heavily on the use of shocking themes and events to make it seem deep It is loosely based on the author’s life but when he adapted it to fiction he failed to deliver the elements that make a compelling story


  8. Jourdaine Jourdaine says:

    A Masue of Infamy follows young teenager fifteen year old Louis Baudrey a young misfit who is a small voice trying to get noticed for his individuality He listens to metal and punk music makes homemade anarchy shirts pierces his ears and hangs out with other like minded kids In the beginning Louis and his young eleven year old brother Joey are shown being taken to a temporary home It isn't made entirely clear why they are there just that something about their home life is unsafe After the brief chapter on the home we re meet Louis and Joey in the backseat of a car on the way to Alabama In the front seat is the old man their father and Rick a young man unrelated to the family In the beginning there will be some confusion as to why Rick is around in the first place but it will be explained further into the novel It's made clear at the start that Rick has a desire to rule over the small family of three with an iron fist Louis hates him for obvious reasons Without going into any real detail to avoid spoilers Rick will later be revealed as deeply disturbed Unfortunately Rick isn't the only one with deep seated issues as well This only causes the young Baudrey boys to suffer than we expectedIn the start Louis Baudrey isn't the most likable character He lies he steals mindlessly bullies his brother and is obsessed with aesthetics and materialism Of course he's only fifteen years old so that makes it easier to cut the kid a break With the story being told from Louis's first person perspective Kelly Dessaint really captures the through process of the average young teenage boy He hates school looks at pretty girls and wants to cause trouble for the sake of causing troubleEverything shifts when Louis makes a discovery about Rick and the old man after scrounging the house for cigarette money Having been taught at a young age that giving in to people can earn him rewards he's uick to rat them out He just didn't know it would throw him and his brother into a mental hospital And even though it might seem that Louis is selfish and has no heart toward the situation there are small bits and pieces that crack the moldThis novel will throw you into a mixture of emotions Some portions have to be read with a thick skin because there will be parts that disturb you Other parts will just make you smile Overall I think A Masue of Infamy is brilliant The story is well thought out from beginning to end We see Louis maturing and throughout the story with the subtle changes he makes but there are aspects of his personality that will remain It's still the same old Louis we meet in the beginning The damage done throughout the novel just gives him a different mental approach to his hardshipsSome people argue that the novel doesn't fully conclude in the end I don't think it's meant to have a complete ending Consider this book a fictional memoir although I just read online that Masue highlights a lot of Dessaint's own childhood Still the novel reads like a memoir It's open ended yes but with Louis's great character development throughout the novel I'm left with a glimmer of hope that Louis's newly found wisdom will help him make some better judgments in the future It could have had a happy conclusion yes but not everything can end on a perfect note I couldn't have imagined a different ending to the novel I loved this book Even though it was a tough ride it was worth the purchase


  9. Tim Lowe Tim Lowe says:

    When I was asked to participate in the book tour for this novel my inclination was to politely decline I explained to the delightful lady who asked for my participation that I primarily read nonfiction and didn't normally make time for fictionThe few times I do dip my foot into the fiction pool is when the plot is uniue or in some way appealing to me by piuing my curiosity I re read the synopsis of A Masue of Infamy and for whatever reason the curiosity factor kicked inBased to some degree on the writer's own story A Masue of Infamy is a compelling and well written coming of age story with a lot of fish out of water plot thrown in for good measure Our protagonist Louis Baudrey is forced to move to rural Alabama from the suburbs of Hollywood CaliforniaLouis is an endearing character we forgive him his faults and pull for him to find peace and happiness as he navigates a world created by the less than savory adults around himOne of the things that stands out about this book is Dessaint's gift of writing dialogue It would have been easy to make the words of the characters sound overly juvenile but this is not the case I believe the words and wouldn't be surprised if they were very very close to actual conversationsA shocking plot twist propels Louis and his little brother into an even chaotic life You can't help but pull for this profane confused yet proud high schooler to find a way out of the Hell of this life into a life of his own creationIf you like coming of age stories and don't mind some real language you should support this small press book and give it your time You can pride yourself in finding a real diamond in the rough


  10. Ryan Mishap Ryan Mishap says:

    Knowing a fictional narrative is partially based on the author's real life can hinder a review Too often and this is almost the case here the fictionalized account can read like reportage this happened and then this and then this This tendency can override any of the ualities we associate with novels as an art form The narrative can get too straightforward not expand on characters and not provide relevant subplots or similar devices In cases like that I wish they would have just written a memoirThe other difficulty one that is shared when reviewing memoirs is that the reviewer is tempted to review the character instead of the story That would be a mistake here as our protagonist Louis isn't very likable lacks empathy and is selfish Ouch you say but there are reasons for thisAnd this is where Dessaint takes a novelist's approach to the narrative slowly revealing the past experiences that have led Louis to who he is; showing us how looking out for himself is necessary for survival We also see a kid on the cusp of getting a clue not just about how the system works but how to understand others Oh and about punk rock as than just musicThe glimpse of the 1980s here is valuable Weird is in for kids today but back then being a misfit a punk gay or rebellious could land you in an institution Challenging the mainstream wasn't seen as normal or finding your own style but as disrespect rebellion against authority and a sign of being a troubled youth


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A Masue of Infamy[Reading] ➶ A Masue of Infamy ➬ Kelly Dessaint – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk A Masue of Infamy is a ribald story of teenage rebellion punk rock and survival After moving from Los Angeles to small town Alabama in 1987 Louis Baudrey tries to fit in at the local high school but t A Masue of Infamy is a ribald story of teenage rebellion punk rock and survival After moving from Los Angeles to small town Alabama in Louis Baudrey tries to fit in at the local high school but the Bible thumpers and the rednecks don't take too kindly to his outlandish wardrobe and punk attitude At home he defies the sadistic intentions of Rick his father's friend who tries to rule the household with an iron fist As Louis is about to be shipped A Masue MOBI :Þ off to military school he stumbles upon indisputable proof that will free him and his younger brother from Rick's tyranny But just when he thinks their troubles are over they're locked up in the adolescent ward of a mental hospital where Louis must fight the red tape of the system to save himself his brother and maybe even his dream of being a punk rocker.


About the Author: Kelly Dessaint

Kelly Dessaint was born and raised in Los Angeles A veteran of the small press he currently lives in Oakland and publishes the zine Piltdownlad.


10 thoughts on “A Masue of Infamy

  1. Michael Cuthbertson Michael Cuthbertson says:

    A Masue of Infamy is not your ordinary coming of age story and yet it is definitely a classic of that particular genre Dessaint's writing style is refreshing in numerous ways Uniuely his characters' language is natural and collouial and yet somehow Dessaint's dialogue always seems to be engrossing than the commonplace conversations we usually hear each day in our own lives Dessaint is an expert at sifting through the everyday conversations of teenagers and finding the magic and profound insight that often exists under the surface of seemingly unenlightened adolescent interactionsIn particular the novel's main protagonist Louis Baudrey is a character whose words and actions exude charisma throughout the book There were many many moments where I laughed out loud or chuckled under my breath at the smart ass comments of this rascally character Baudrey is a precocious teenager in a way that readers should find uite charming Louis is cunning but good spirited and he has a knack for making tough social situations work to his favor as much as possibleAlso as a devout anti establishment metalhead Baudrey is a character that rock punk and metal fans themselves may find particularly relatable I for one thoroughly appreciated getting such an intimate and earnest look at a teenager's passion for loud guitar music in the late Eighties a time period that some may argue was a high point for punk and metal musicWhat's also impressive is Dessaint's special ability to deal with the heavy subject matter of child abuse in a way that is honest and revealing without leaving the reader in despair Dessaint like his character Baudrey understands that what happened happened and that the truly interesting story is not the abusive episodes the children faced but rather how those children might manage to navigate their way out of that messy environment and seek for themselves a better future Indeed watching as Louis and Joey Baudrey attempt to do just this will have the reader engaged from cover to coverAnd apart from the fact that it is an entertaining and eye opening read A Masue of Infamy is also a decidedly clever book It is dense not in the sense that it contains obscure symbolic content for English departments to drool over but so in that it delivers a steady stream of those magical little human moments that a person without digging deeper like Dessaint does might mistake as dull Thus A Masue of Infamy is clever and uniue largely because it offers insight into a world that much resembles the real world people live in that it does resemble the sort of dramatized literary world that some writers spend their time writing aboutAfter reading his debut novel it is already manifestly clear that Dessaint is the sort of voice that has been sorely lacking from the literary landscape in recent years

  2. Sage Adderley-Knox Sage Adderley-Knox says:

    Louis Baudrey is a teen from California that makes a move cross country to Alabama with his family which consists of his younger brother father and Rick From the beginning I wanted to know exactly who Rick was and what role he played in the household Soon enough readers find out about what a creep Rick is and the abuse the boys have been dealing with In their new small town Louis rebels by being the misfit He is punk and proud roaming the halls of high school and annoying those that fear the differentNumerous times throughout the story I couldn’t help but laugh out loud Despite the dysfunction that was prominent in Louis’ life he maintained this great sense of humor He could take on the constantly revolving situations – moving to Alabama living in a foster home being transferred to a mental institution and then back on the road to be placed elsewhere You have 'death is the ultimate high' written on the side of your shoes Are you suicidal?No that's from Miami ViceLouis kept his composure and rarely showed a soft side but when he did it completely changed the mood of the book It was a firm reminder that this story is real This isn’t fiction and that Louis and his brother endured horrible things Louis juggled way than any teenager should His cravings for cigarettes and music helped pass the time but the darkness never gave him a break I wanted so badly to tell her about the nightmares and the Beast that lived under my mother's house in the crawlspace where as kids we were always afraid to go I remembered the earth beneath me in my face my nose in the dirt and the pipes over my headI would give this book 5 stars all day long It’s well written and captures your attention from the very beginning until the bitter end

  3. Htiek Murdnal Htiek Murdnal says:

    A Masue of Infamy is as beautiful as it is shocking Kelly Dessaint masterfully guides us through the horror of teen hood with remarkable insight and clarity This is one beast of book ladies and gentlemen This needs to be on your bookshelf

  4. Monika Monika says:

    A Masue of Infamy is an autobiographical novel a coming of age story out of the horrors of child abuse The dialogue is raw and rough the characters are very realKelly Dessaint has crafted his story so the reader keenly feels Louis and Joey's confusion frustration fear and anger as they experience it I was trying to figure out what the system was doing as the boys were being processed and moved around And the real story the one Louis doesn't allow himself to tell for so long is slowly revealed through his time in the hospital It explains his feelings and behavior and makes his story less about teenage rebellion and about a desperate search for some any semblance of stabilityI was far disgusted and horrified at the boys' family situation than they were and found their somewhat casual feelings toward the adults in their lives horrifying Whenever a novel contains a child abuse theme you know it isn't going to be an easy read But seeing just how easily children can be manipulated by their abusers was so difficultI was surprised and even a little angry that the story ended when it did I felt invested in these characters and didn't want the novel to end before I could find out whether or not they were really okay Louis develops into a confident capable young man but I was still worried about Joey and wanted to know how he faredThe trepidation I'm left with speaks to how well Dessaint connects readers with his characters' intensely desperate situation And despite the fact that there wasn't a neat and tidy ending I was left with a good deal of hope I received a copy of this book from free special for Kindle and agreed to participate in its virtual book tour by providing my honest review I did not receive any compensation for this review

  5. Elizabeth (Stuffed Shelves) Elizabeth (Stuffed Shelves) says:

    First of all let me just say this is an amazing book if it were a piece of fiction but knowing that it's an autobiographical novel makes it that much awesome The book is a bout a young boy who moves to the south Kelly's life is anything but boring the coming of age story will have you hooked by page one The dialogue between characters seems casual and out of the ordinary to most I could hear the voices and imagine them all so clearly in my mind I felt I knew them myself Louis seems like a guy I would want to get to know better and it was a pleasure to do so after reading this book He seems like the punk rocker kids I used to have as friends He's charismatic and really uite a smart ass which made me laugh out loud at many different parts of the book That in itself makes for a great book No matter the situation he always seems to make things work out in his best interestI too am from Southern California and moved to the south recently so I enjoyed taking the trip with Louis from Los Angeles to Alabama The colorful language reminds me of my own family and friends so the dialogue reminded me of some of my own memories When it comes to situations that may be difficult for some to write or even read he does not play the victim card he simply tells it how it is and how he escaped it all I enjoyed being taken through every emotion and situation that Louis went through and could relate a great portion of his life to my own I can't stress enough how much I enjoyed this book it was a such a uick read too because I just couldn't put it down I know once you pick this book up you won't want to put it down either Just because it's a coming of age story doesn't mean it's a juvenile book I would say everyone of all ages can relate and be entertained by the end of this book It deserves a 55 rating

  6. Maya Archer-doyle Maya Archer-doyle says:

    Gritty funny painful poignant I enjoyed this trip back in time and recognized those teenage years full confusion and excitement boredom and curiosity and the search for people from the same tribe so to speak Plus I like the author he's a lovely friendly funny human being

  7. Joey Joey says:

    A Masue of Infamy by Kelly DessaintNEW SPOILER FREE REVIEWAt the age of fifteen Louis moves from LA to Alabama with his dad younger brother and a friend of the family named Rick Louis with his punknew age rocker style and his patchwork family sticks out like a sore thumb in his new deeply religious community At home he fights a battle with Rick who tries to wield a high level of control and authority over him and his brother When he stumbles upon a set of photographs not meant for his eyes Louis has a decision to make that will change the course of his and his family’s lives forever This book had a lot of potential Do not believe the description on the front that says the author twists the horrors of growing up in a highly dysfunctional American family into a hilarious tale of survival First of all this book is not funny Not because it is about such serious subject matter It just flat out was not funny Louis who narrates the story is not really uniue in anyway other than he dresses like a punk He is not very smart he is not funny and he is not particularly heroic in anyway The description goes on to call the book a story about stubbornly overcoming the odds to live long enough to tell the truth I will avoid spoilers here but I will say that he doesn’t overcome anything He is a very passive self centered character who just sort of let’s things happen to him and to othersBasically Louis has no arch He experiences zero personal growth He is not around any one character long enough to form any kind of meaningful relationship as far as the story is concerned and there is pretty much no resolution At the end of the book it said that there are stories about Louis but I have zero interest in reading them The author failed to make me care about this kidThe writing in this book is not very good either There are plot holes and inconsistencies than a Fox News report In the beginning of the book when he is in school it is made clear that he is not a very good student gets straight D's and F's Sure the author could have set it up to make him smart but unable to perform well in school but the author didn't do that There is ONE reference to Louis reading in the beginning of the book and he was only reading magazines because he had nothing else to do However in the end of the book someone says to him Oh you’re so smart and you read all the time anyway The voice was really inconsistent in this book as well and not in a good way like in Push When Louis is narrating he uses big words that a teen would pretty much never use like erstwhile chortle and miasma Perhaps this was the authors attempt to make him seem smart However he never said these words or sounded smart at all when he was talking to other characters At one point someone says a word to him that is way less obscure than erstwhile but I forget what it actually was and he responds with I have no idea what that means The use of big words in the narration looked like the author was just randomly inserting SAT words into the story to make the writing seem sophisticated It was like his narration voice and speaking voice were two different characters Not like Renee from The Elegance of the Hedgehog who actively hides her intelligence from others It was just bad writingUltimately it seemed like this book rested heavily on the use of shocking themes and events to make it seem deep It is loosely based on the author’s life but when he adapted it to fiction he failed to deliver the elements that make a compelling story

  8. Jourdaine Jourdaine says:

    A Masue of Infamy follows young teenager fifteen year old Louis Baudrey a young misfit who is a small voice trying to get noticed for his individuality He listens to metal and punk music makes homemade anarchy shirts pierces his ears and hangs out with other like minded kids In the beginning Louis and his young eleven year old brother Joey are shown being taken to a temporary home It isn't made entirely clear why they are there just that something about their home life is unsafe After the brief chapter on the home we re meet Louis and Joey in the backseat of a car on the way to Alabama In the front seat is the old man their father and Rick a young man unrelated to the family In the beginning there will be some confusion as to why Rick is around in the first place but it will be explained further into the novel It's made clear at the start that Rick has a desire to rule over the small family of three with an iron fist Louis hates him for obvious reasons Without going into any real detail to avoid spoilers Rick will later be revealed as deeply disturbed Unfortunately Rick isn't the only one with deep seated issues as well This only causes the young Baudrey boys to suffer than we expectedIn the start Louis Baudrey isn't the most likable character He lies he steals mindlessly bullies his brother and is obsessed with aesthetics and materialism Of course he's only fifteen years old so that makes it easier to cut the kid a break With the story being told from Louis's first person perspective Kelly Dessaint really captures the through process of the average young teenage boy He hates school looks at pretty girls and wants to cause trouble for the sake of causing troubleEverything shifts when Louis makes a discovery about Rick and the old man after scrounging the house for cigarette money Having been taught at a young age that giving in to people can earn him rewards he's uick to rat them out He just didn't know it would throw him and his brother into a mental hospital And even though it might seem that Louis is selfish and has no heart toward the situation there are small bits and pieces that crack the moldThis novel will throw you into a mixture of emotions Some portions have to be read with a thick skin because there will be parts that disturb you Other parts will just make you smile Overall I think A Masue of Infamy is brilliant The story is well thought out from beginning to end We see Louis maturing and throughout the story with the subtle changes he makes but there are aspects of his personality that will remain It's still the same old Louis we meet in the beginning The damage done throughout the novel just gives him a different mental approach to his hardshipsSome people argue that the novel doesn't fully conclude in the end I don't think it's meant to have a complete ending Consider this book a fictional memoir although I just read online that Masue highlights a lot of Dessaint's own childhood Still the novel reads like a memoir It's open ended yes but with Louis's great character development throughout the novel I'm left with a glimmer of hope that Louis's newly found wisdom will help him make some better judgments in the future It could have had a happy conclusion yes but not everything can end on a perfect note I couldn't have imagined a different ending to the novel I loved this book Even though it was a tough ride it was worth the purchase

  9. Tim Lowe Tim Lowe says:

    When I was asked to participate in the book tour for this novel my inclination was to politely decline I explained to the delightful lady who asked for my participation that I primarily read nonfiction and didn't normally make time for fictionThe few times I do dip my foot into the fiction pool is when the plot is uniue or in some way appealing to me by piuing my curiosity I re read the synopsis of A Masue of Infamy and for whatever reason the curiosity factor kicked inBased to some degree on the writer's own story A Masue of Infamy is a compelling and well written coming of age story with a lot of fish out of water plot thrown in for good measure Our protagonist Louis Baudrey is forced to move to rural Alabama from the suburbs of Hollywood CaliforniaLouis is an endearing character we forgive him his faults and pull for him to find peace and happiness as he navigates a world created by the less than savory adults around himOne of the things that stands out about this book is Dessaint's gift of writing dialogue It would have been easy to make the words of the characters sound overly juvenile but this is not the case I believe the words and wouldn't be surprised if they were very very close to actual conversationsA shocking plot twist propels Louis and his little brother into an even chaotic life You can't help but pull for this profane confused yet proud high schooler to find a way out of the Hell of this life into a life of his own creationIf you like coming of age stories and don't mind some real language you should support this small press book and give it your time You can pride yourself in finding a real diamond in the rough

  10. Ryan Mishap Ryan Mishap says:

    Knowing a fictional narrative is partially based on the author's real life can hinder a review Too often and this is almost the case here the fictionalized account can read like reportage this happened and then this and then this This tendency can override any of the ualities we associate with novels as an art form The narrative can get too straightforward not expand on characters and not provide relevant subplots or similar devices In cases like that I wish they would have just written a memoirThe other difficulty one that is shared when reviewing memoirs is that the reviewer is tempted to review the character instead of the story That would be a mistake here as our protagonist Louis isn't very likable lacks empathy and is selfish Ouch you say but there are reasons for thisAnd this is where Dessaint takes a novelist's approach to the narrative slowly revealing the past experiences that have led Louis to who he is; showing us how looking out for himself is necessary for survival We also see a kid on the cusp of getting a clue not just about how the system works but how to understand others Oh and about punk rock as than just musicThe glimpse of the 1980s here is valuable Weird is in for kids today but back then being a misfit a punk gay or rebellious could land you in an institution Challenging the mainstream wasn't seen as normal or finding your own style but as disrespect rebellion against authority and a sign of being a troubled youth

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