The Ritalin Orgy

The Ritalin Orgy - Matthew Dexter   5/5   http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0988748819?keywords=The%20Ritalin%20Orgy&qid=1450670765&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

 
                                                                               


      I received a copy of orgy from Netgalley in an exchange for an honest review. It's funny how I have to say that with some of these reviews. I have no idea why, and who knows, maybe some people actually lie when they read a review copy. All I know is that I have to say that somewhere in this review. Anyway this is not your common variety feel good novel of the year. It isn't much on taking the route of most popular fiction and being predictable either. Does anyone only read safe novels anymore? Let's be honest here and say what should be said. We need novels like this because they're gritty and dark, but sometimes when you have a novel that's good who cares about rules! Rules shouldn't not exist in fiction anyway.

     Reading a book like this you should be aware that it is fiction and while most of the characters here are degenerates it doesn't mean to imply that all prep schools are like this. That's the problem with a novel like this. You will have people pick it apart and try and analyze it because it makes them uncomfortable. The idea that such darkness exists disturbs people, and they're not used to that. They want a novel with a nice fuzzy narrative and a clear and concise plot. The thing is that is exactly what makes this novel so good. Dexter has written a book that peers into the darkness and you may not like what you see, but the point is that he has made you think.

       Dexter has a unique writing style that almost makes the behavior of these characters acceptable. We almost have to ditch our moral compass to read this and that's okay. Sometimes a great book will you expose you to the dark side and you have two choices. You can go along for the ride or you can sit right down and refuse to go. For those that choose to ride along you're in for one hell of a read. Dexter has a unique talent for making a dark novel so damn enjoyable. Dexter doesn't stray too far from the core of what this novel is and that's the drug use and the idea that it's perfectly normal.

     Mr. Neary is the kind of guy that lurks in the shadows and soaks it all in like a sponge. This is his chance to relive his youth and you're right there with him. He is by far the most disturbing character in the novel. The story is told from his viewpoint and while the book may lack a lot of variety it's still a damn fine novel and one that isn't easily categorized. It's the anti-Dead Poets Society for those who are unafraid to step outside of  their comfort zone. That's the best way to approach Ritalin Orgy. It's not your normal warm fuzzy piece of fiction, it's for those that like a plot that take risks and characters that almost seem like parodies of real people. Dexter has written an interesting novel and you should pick it up.

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