|Plot Summary of The Contortionist's Handbook|
|"John Vincent Dolan was his name originally. Since he turned 16, it's changed numerous times. Johnny, as he was once called, has suffered from migraines for years. Doctors don't believe him. He tracks down his own medication, then he overdoses when the pain strikes. To avoid the institution that he was put in as an 'odd' child, he changes identities to ensure that his medical history doesn't come up the next time he winds up in the hospital. A cocaine addict, forger, and former juvie hall inmate, John Vincent Dolan tells the tale of his life in flashbacks while he dances his way through his latest psych evaluation."
sarrah, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Contortionist's Handbook|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Kids growing up/acting up?
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Age group of kid(s) in story:
- grade school
Something wrong upstairs/downstairs?
- mental illness
Parents/lack of parents problem?
- Momma gone
- committing crimes
- emotionally unstable
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Very much smarter than other characters
- druggie/wino disease
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a substantial amount
- dirty, grimy (like New York)
- rude people
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
- actual description of hetero sex
Lot of foul language?
- a lot of flashback and forwards
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Amount of dialog
- little dialog
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