Guy in Real Life
BY Steve Brezenoff
“An achingly real and profoundly moving love story about two Minnesota teens whose lives become intertwined through school, role-playing games, and a chance two-a.m. bike accident.
It is Labor Day weekend in St. Paul, Minnesota, and boy and girl collide on a dark street at two thirty in the morning: Lesh, who wears black, listens to metal, and plays MMOs; and Svetlana, who embroiders her skirts, listens to Björk and Berlioz, and dungeon masters her own RPG. They should pick themselves up, continue on their way, and never talk to each other again.
But they don’t.
This is a story of two people who do not belong in each other’s lives, who find each other at a time when they desperately need someone who doesn’t belong in their lives. A story of those moments when we act like people we aren’t in order to figure out who we are. A story of the roles we all play—at school, at home, with our friends, and without our friends—and the one person who might show us what lies underneath it all.” -Goodreads
In the beginning this story was a bit difficult to get into. After I finally managed that I was caught off guard by some chapters about a fantasy world that were thrown in. The protagonist Lesh is a super metal 10th grader who wants some light in his goth world and the other protagonist Svetlana, don’t ask me how to pronounce it, is comfortable being herself despite a few parent issues. The story itself is an interesting take on an identity novel. It generally revolves around Lesh and his accepting of who he is and what he likes. The story ends up to be pretty cutesy with a major creep showing up and then ends decently, I felt it worthy of 3/5 stars.