Treasure Island!!! by Sara Levine. Published 2011 by Europa Editions.
so I miscounted and I still needed one more book to complete Amante
Level in the Challenge. I'm glad I realized this yesterday or else I'd
be up the creek and it would be too embarrassing to start a challenge I
couldn't finish myself.
Luckily I had Treasure Island!!!
in my TBR pile; a hilarious comic novel, I read it in a day and just
did not want to put it down. The narrator, an unnamed 25 year old woman,
isn't an unreliable narrator so much as a mad narrator. Unreliable
narrators typically have a reason for the deceptions and half-truths
they unleash on the reader; an unreliable narrator is often in control
of the narrative and is covering something up, or making a case for him
or herself, or telling the story a certain way for a particular reason.
This narrator is simply delusional and appears to have no idea or
concern about how she comes across either to the reader or to her
longsuffering family and friends.
She starts out as a somewhat typically aimless young adult,
working a demeaning job (at something called the Pet Library) and trying
to figure out her place in the world. It's not working for Nancy, the
Library's owner, and the narrator proves her point by stealing money and
buying a parrot, who she then abuses flamboyantly. She is equally
abusive to her patient and loving boyfriend Lars, her parents and her
sister, all of whom love her and all of whom become her victims in one
way or another. She becomes obsessed with the classic Stevenson novel Treasure Island and tries to live according to her interpretations of its lessons with disastrous results.
Is this woman likeable? No, but she's hilarious. Full of
self-pity, endless self-serving justifications and boundless illusions,
she's nonetheless pitiable, lonely, and searching for love. She just
doesn't know what to do with it when it comes her way. I laughed my way
through all 172-odd pages of this quickly moving, addictive little
pageturner. Read it when you need a good long chuckle on a day when
you're not feeling too judgemental. It'll do you some good.
Okay, now I've completed Amante Level!