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    One of the best books I've ever read

    I think I loved the book because of the way the author write all the details,in such a comprehensive and incredible language.
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    This is the kind of book that you sip like a fine wine that you don't want to end. The characters, descriptions, and locations were perfect. It's a story that alternates slow,subtle changes with sudden, brilliant epiphanies, and you grow along with the character, hoping for him to find his peace. William is a writer who has a lot of problems with mental illness and drinking. The author, Jonathan LaPoma, doesn't mention much about William's childhood, but from the brief things he does tell us, it's obvious that William was a badly abused child who deals with his problems by running away from them. In this story, he runs to Mexico. Things are going well at first. He goes to parties, smokes weed, and has a great time. But soon his demons come back, and he finds himself in some of the darkest and most dangerous areas in the Mexican town where he's living. His friends are hilarious, but they don't really do anything to help William. In fact, they often make his life worse, but they all care about each other and their interactions are the funniest parts of the book. William travels, and meets women, and makes friends but it isn't until he meets his girlfriend, Luz, that he begins to recognize his self-destructive ways. The book changes at this point. There's still a lot of partying and all that after, but William starts seeing these parties differently. The last part of the book is a road trip where William travels through Mexico with Luz and a few other friends. This, to me, was the most poignant part of the book. This is where William is able to reflect upon his time in Mexico, separate himself from his self-destructive friends, and start to feel more peace within himself. The book is long, but it captivated me until the end and made me really think about my own life, which is not something many books can do. As long as you're not easily offended by swearing, drinking, fighting, and sex, do yourself a favor and read this book. I'm really glad I did!
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    I couldn’t stop reading this book!

    I couldn’t stop reading this book! It’s an incredibly vivid and well-written story about a young writer who moves to Mexico after finishing university and drinks almost all of the alcohol in the country. About halfway through, he falls in love with a pretty Mexican woman and starts addressing some of his problems with fighting and partying. As a Mexican, I am happy to finally see a book that shows my people and culture in a positive manner. LaPoma does a great job of describing México accurately and compassionately and it’s clear by his wonderful, detailed descriptions that he loves my country. The characters were complex and funny and the main character, William’s, journey was filled with depth, insight and honesty as he fought to overcome his issues with anger and alcohol while slowly uncovering his talent as a writer and learning for the first time was love was. Will is loud, self-destructive and arrogant, but he’s also compassionate, intelligent and incredibly sensitive, always focusing on the beauty, even in all the dark places he’s drawn to. I felt connected to him from page 1 until the very end. This book is about so much more than just partying. It’s about a young guy who is going through hell but always searching for the light. It would be easy to just dismiss the characters as bad people, but throughout the story, they do a lot of great things and seem to genuinely care about the world around them. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more by this great author!

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