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Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16 is the hilarious (and heart-breaking) story of the author's clash with his parents' backgrounds amid the break-up of their marriage, when he relocates to a new area and attends a new school. To cope with the conflict and turmoil, Kasher delves into drugs...and then into crime to pay for the drugs.
Parts of this book were so funny that I almost cried. Since his parents were deaf, the school district had him act as a sign language translator for his mother. Hmm? Did the truth get lost in translation? Oh, yes!
Kasher's rationalization of his behavior and the extremes of his denial also offer a great deal of humor. Much of this book, what he did, and what happened to him were tragic as well as comical.
This is a very "bumpy" growing-up story that should not be missed.
Mary Wilmes is a library assistant at the Half Moon Bay Library. Her adolescence was quite tame and not nearly as funny as this author's.