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Filed under: C, Fiction, Swedish, YA Challenge 2008, Young Adult
Nu heter jag Nirak
by Peter Pohl
Title translated to English: Now My Name is Nirak
For the Young Adult reading challenge.
First line: Jag, ett damm, irrande i blÃ¤ndljusa strÃ¥k, vilse sÃ¥ som allting annat dÃ¥, innan tiden fÃ¶ddes, innan rummet slÃ¶ts inom sina grÃ¤nser.
Back cover blurb:
VuxenvÃ¤rlden stÃ¶rtar sig Ã¶ver Karin, snart fjorton. Hon som inte ens hunnit slÃ¤ppa sin lÃ¥tsassyster Nirak. Och vad hjÃ¤lper Niraks rÃ¶st nÃ¤r fÃ¶rÃ¤lskelsen slÃ¥r till, fÃ¶rblindar tonÃ¥ringen Karin som handlÃ¶st kastar sig in i en kÃ¤rlekshistoria dÃ¤r mÃ¥nga borde veta bÃ¤ttre och se vad som hÃ¤nder. Men de vuxna vÃ¤ljer att inte se och sjÃ¤lv vet hon bara vad hon kÃ¤nner och vill. Och Nirak kan inget gÃ¶ra.
Very short synopsis in English: Karin is about to turn fourteen, and still has an imaginary friend, when her mother brings home her new boyfriend. Karin falls, fast and hard, for her mother’s boyfriend, who responds in kind. The world around them stops mattering to Karin and no one seems to see what’s going on. No one, that is, except Nirak, the imaginary friend.
Thoughts: I didn’t particularly like this book. Partly because the writing style wasn’t exactly up my street, partly because I was squicked, time and time again, by the sex scenes (and some others. Seriously, I don’t really want to read about a man doing sit-ups clad only in a thong. No, no, no and yet more no!). It’s a rather unappealing topic to start with and I was definitely uncomfortable reading about it as it was described here. Maybe if the writing style had been different, I would have liked the book better (I would still have been uncomfortable. I don’t think I could not be, given the subject matter). As it is, I’m giving the book a C rating. Partly for the reasons outlined above, partly because there was no character in the book that didn’t want me stab myself in the eye out of sheer annoyance.