Love, Knuckles and Melody Genesis by C.B. Smith

Review: There’s often a discussion or question on whether one should write a story or book in a local dialect or slang, as anyone who is not familiar with that dialect or slang might find it off-putting. “Love, Knuckles and Melody Genesis” is written entirely in slang with informal spelling I found unnecessary for the narrative portions though for dialogue I could have understood the reason for its usage. But the story is written in first person, so that’s unavoidable.

I found the description of the story a good one. I was interested to see how it would develop as sometimes a different kind of “slice of life” in the high school or young adult category is a welcome change from the heavy dramas of vampire, angel or superhero teen fiction. Maybe someone with better patience for slang would like this book. It was simply difficult to tell if some words were misspelled deliberately, or the editing was flawed. The author may have been trying for something different, and it was certainly achieved. I felt this story could have been more effectively told and appreciated by strategically limiting use of dialects. Just the same, I recommend readers give this book a try to see if it suits their reading tastes.

Description: High school junior Cord Rimshank has it bad for campus cutie, Melody. Only problem is, a scary psychotic student has claimed her as his own entirely without her consent. Suddenly Cord finds himself navigating the treacherous waters of high school as he tries to get close to Melody while he avoids being pummeled by her bogus boyfriend.

Author: C.B. Smith
Published By M.H. Dartos
Buy Link: Smashwords
Published: Aug. 17, 2010

Genre: Humor, Young Adult/Teen Fiction

Rating: This book contains content that may not be suitable for young readers 17 and under.

Source: Author

Author Bio:

C.B. Smith is a full-time writer. He spends his days chasing words around the page to capture just the right ones for his latest work. His novels “Still Life with Psychotic Squirrel” and “Diary of a Teenage Faërie Princess” are available at Amazon.


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