The Little Voice: A rebellious novel by Joss Sheldon

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Score: 3/5

Genre: Psychological Realism / Literary Fiction

Synopsis:

Dear reader,

My character has been shaped by two opposing forces; the pressure to conform to social norms, and the pressure to be true to myself. To be honest with you, these forces have really torn me apart. They’ve pulled me one way and then the other. At times, they’ve left me questioning my whole entire existence.

But please don’t think that I’m angry or morose. I’m not. Because through adversity comes knowledge. I’ve suffered, it’s true. But I’ve learnt from my pain. I’ve become a better person.

Now, for the first time, I’m ready to tell my story. Perhaps it will inspire you. Perhaps it will encourage you to think in a whole new way. Perhaps it won’t. There’s only one way to find out…

Enjoy the book,

Yew Shodkin

Review:

The Little Voice is a tale more about our inner devil on one shoulder (sans angel), humanity’s judgment upon those who act out, and a crazy prose. The latter being the hardest to handle. When the wording is read with a comical tone it becomes easier to deal with–so readers expecting a seriously presented work should instead be prepared for a madder sort of humor. I–for one–went into it all wrong.

To sum the book up, this story features a young boy fighting to control what he sees as destructive impulses to fit in. The young boy triumphs over his inner mischief maker, then goes on to become a dour adult–struggling to understand what comes next. The larger reflection is that this ‘desire to fit in’ and ‘avoid punishment’ is destructive to the self and personality crushing. I’ve no particular stance on this overall idea; only that the execution managed to annoy and interest me at the same time. The ‘dear reader’ being interjected jarred me from the flow. The shorter choppy sentences felt fitting with the tone / main character’s voice.

And there’s the impressive part. There is a very tangible style to this story, due to point of view. In a lot of ways all the other characters felt funhouse distorted – in this the writer did a good job. The setting itself wasn’t super interesting, but the trials being faced were. I enjoyed the discourse between characters and the school setting reminded me a lot of Matilda (the movie of the little girl who moves things with her mind in grade school). Of course it continues on into adulthood–but the vibe still sticks. People are caricatures. If you enjoyed that movie–you’ll probably find this an interesting read.

I can’t say I recommend it. It’s a dicey story that both impressed me (in the ‘how it was written’) and gave me a headache (also from the ‘how it was written’). Don’t misunderstand, dear reader. It was amazing. And aggravating. Much like having peppered spices tossed in my face, rubbed all around then craving tenderloin steak.

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