Diamondback Dog (1998), by George Bowering

While this novel has an interesting premise, Bowering’s own personality (ego…) shines through too fully to ignore.  He claims that he wrote the book because he had not “seen any YAs that did ‘my kind of writing. I think that those young folks would like to feel smart when they are reading, and adults who think that young folks just want a lot of plot with lots of action are selling the kids and maybe themselves short’” (backmatter).  His novel, however, is mostly a lot of plot with lots of action… the characters are not very well developed, nor particularly interesting, nor particularly real… And the relationship between adult and child seems artificial and (not surprisingly) contrived by an adult with (as far as I can tell) no children himself.

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