This is a very good book that combines new perspectives on religious thinking, as well as humorous and interesting scenarios faced by the main character, providing a thoughtful but entertaining plot. Though nonreligious myself, this book proved to be a great read, with the classic "finding oneself on a road trip" sort of story.
Retelling of Huck Finn if Huck where a fanatical christian and Jim a gay major league baseball player. The modern day adventure has Bible and HF passages interwoven in the narrative, but I still found it quite enjoyable. Definitely worth reading.
"You Don't Know About Me" was far better than I had anticipated. Brian Meehl has written a sort-of fanfiction of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Over the years, there have been many attempts to do so, and some quite successful. John Clinch's 2007 novel Finn was critically acclaimed. This novel - "You Don't Know About Me" - is by far the best I've read. Even disregarding its engagement with the earlier classic, the novel's story and characters stand very well on their own.
Bill Allbright and his mom are the social outcasts of the story. Unlike Pap Finn's drunkenness, Bill's mom is drunk on the Holy Spirit. The pair of them are in-your-face fundamentalist Christians whose activism often borders on the bizarre: shaving the heads of Tickle Me Elmo dolls because they are the gateway to "unrestrained pleasure". Bill has been homeschooled. There is no father, as he has died years ago. Or, so Billy has been told by his mother.
The story begins with the unexpected arrival of a Bible for Billy in which are hidden a DVD from his not-so-dead father, and the opening chapters to Huck Finn. His father instigates a treasure hunt to find a rare work of Mark Twain's. The geocaching clues are hidden within Huck Finn. Bill runs away from home in search of those clues. Soon, Bill is crossing the mid-west with an unexpected travel partner: shades of Jim. And, Bill meets with situations that engage the original Huck Finn novel and yet are completely true to this story.
Brian Meehl has even found the analogue to the moral arc of Huck Finn. Bill has to go through an awfully similar crisis of conscious that Huck went through. Through the story, the story of Huck Finn is always front and centre through the clues hidden in it. And, yet, the deliberate parallelism in "You Don't Know About Me" is not evident. The new story feels true and organic: it stands by itself
"You Don't Know About Me" is intelligent, fun, thoughtful, engaging, and, a page-turner.: Great read.
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