That's Not A Feeling

That's Not A Feeling

[a Novel]

Book - 2012
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Benjamin arrives with his parents for a tour of Roaring Orchards, a therapeutic boarding school tucked away in upstate New York. Suddenly, his parents are gone and Benjamin learns that he is there to stay. 16 years old, a two-time failed suicide attempter, Benjamin must navigate his way through a new world of morning meds, popped privileges, candour meetings' and cartoon brunches - all run by adults who themselves have yet to really come of age. More and more, Benjamin thinks about running away - but he needs to know just who he would be leaving behind.'
Publisher: New York : Soho Press, c2012
ISBN: 9781616951887
Branch Call Number: JOSEF
Characteristics: 358 p. ; 21 cm


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This book is a bit of a farce set in a boarding school in upstate New York. The headmaster is making the rules up as he goes along and every one has quirks and an angle. It's a funny, somewhat sad (or melancholy) read. Recommended by Jeffrey

Apr 02, 2013

I liked the title, and the cover illustration. I thought they both accurately conveyed what the story was about.

The novel reminded me of a grade-school reader: small words, concrete nouns.

I do wonder about the omniscient narrator, but told in the first-person. None of the characters are very interesting or sympathetic, least of all Benjamin.

jeanner222 Feb 27, 2013

Our story begins with our narrator’s arrival at Roaring Orchards, a “therapeutic” boarding school in upstate New York. Benjamin has a history of suicide attempts and needs help, but Roaring Orchards is the last place he should be.

Founded by a complete kook, Roaring Orchards is, in a word, inexplicable. In fact, no employee can explain the school’s philosophy. Full of bizarre rituals and puzzling jargon, R.O. is no place for any child, troubled or otherwise.

Benjamin’s account of his experience is, at times, humorous. At other times, his story is disturbing. Frankly, I’m not sure what the author intended with this novel.

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