He starts creating stories and paints himself as this rebellious, trouble-making street fighter. His new friends eat this up and he goes from being a Nobody to a Somebody. All goes well until James starts getting instant messages from ghost44 who claims to know the truth about him.
Mitchell does an incredible job with character development. He takes us beneath the surface to reveal different layers and depth of each character, creating intrigue for the reader.
He then follows his own advice to hurt the hero. We watch as James rises to the top and crashes to the bottom. And just when we think it can’t get any worse for him, Mitchell “kicks” him one more time. As the readers, we empathize with James and wonder how he is going to get himself out of the mess he created.
Because Mitchell drew us in so skillfully at the beginning, when we get to the crisis point in the book we are invested in the characters, especially James and we want to see him rise up to be the hero we know he can be.
This is why this is such a good read and why it is a book I highly recommend to anyone who has ever tried to reinvent themselves.
Have you ever tried to be something you are not?