I just finished this short novel, originally published under his pseudonym, Richard Bachman. I’ve been very eager to source a copy of ‘The Bachman Books’ that includes this story as I believe King has forced it out of print.
Overall the novel was surreal. I expected it to have a 'We Need to Talk About Kevin’ vibe, instead it felt like a coming of age teen drama where the lead inexplicably had a gun. One goodreads reviewer summed up exactly what I was thinking but unable to put into words when they wrote “In this Bachman book, Holden Caulfield takes the Breakfast Club hostage with a pistol.”
I actually made the breakfast club association halfway through the short novel as I tried to figure out the sense of familiarity the story gave me. The Holden Caulfield analogy is one I probably wouldn’t have made the connection with myself but it hit the nail right on the head.
Overall I can understand why King wanted this novel out of print and that it is adapted from one of his earliest works, written in his own high school days, comes as no surprise.
the music, the images, the actors, the transitions, the scenery, the chronological order of events, the strong presence of symbolic yet the implicit way of treating what could be a cliché situation: everything’s perfect