It’s totally awesome book Tuesday! And today I bring you “Exit Here” by Jason Myers. Here’s the synopsis:
“Travis is back home from school for the summer, and he’s just starting to settle in to the usual pattern at home: drinking, drugging, watching porn, and hooking up.
But Travis isn’t settling in like he used to; something isn’t right. Maybe it’s that deadly debauch in Hawaii, the memories of which Travis can’t quite shake. Maybe it’s Laura, Travis’s ex, who reappears on the scene after a messy breakup and seems to want to get together–or not. Or maybe it’s his suddenly sensing how empty and messed up his life is, and wanting out.
But once you’re at the party, it’s tough to leave…”
Okay, so time to break it down for you.
As you can probably tell from the synopsis of this novel, it’s clearly not holding back on the sexual content and the drugs, quite frankly a lot of this novel has that. So if you’re uncomfortable with that subject, I suggest to not pick up this book. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the whole freaking plot, but a lot is still in there, so just be warned.
Anywho, Travis comes back from Hawaii, and along the way we come to find that his friends are bothered with the fact of how much he’s changed. So it makes us wonder: what in the world happened in Hawaii?
This story gets pretty twisted pretty fast, and readers get so engulfed in the bouncing patterns of characters that it doesn’t want to make us put the book down. You know those characters in novels where they always act the same, to the point of predictability? Not so in here. At times we question their personalities and their motives, and who are Travis’s true friends.
This novel digs deep into Travis wanting to find himself, while he’s also surrounded by drugs and madness from his peers. There are quite a few shockers as to what some of his friends end up doing, and little by little it brings Travis to a breaking point.
To give you a tiny little snippet of the book, here’s one of the quotes I like from here that summarizes the story well: “I get out of bed the next morning and stand in front of the large mirror attached to the big red oak dresser across the room, thinking about this girl Erin I occasionally hooked up with in Arizona, who asked me this one time, while I was staring at myself in a mirror behind this bar we were at, ‘Why do you always look at yourself in mirrors? Are you that self-absorbed?’ And I turned to her and went, ‘I just want to make sure that I’m still here. That’s all.'”
Also as a minor side note, as per warning, this novel is structured a little uniquely. It’s in first-person, but what’s so interesting about it is that whenever Travis talks (he’s the narrator), there are never quotation marks around anything he’s saying, although we still know when he’s talking to somebody. I found this really interesting because that’s so like life, we don’t get to see our words through the eyes of somebody else, we just hear them come out from our mouths. So I think just putting the words down on the paper gives an interesting twist to how novels are usually written. It’s a little odd at first, but trust me, you get used to it.
Is this novel all about sex and drugs? Not at all. It may be a part of it, but ultimately it’s about Travis trying to get through life while trying to stay sane, and trying to forget what happened back in Hawaii.
So, go on ahead, readers. Enter apathy.
Keep on reading!