That's Not A Feeling

Josefson, Dan

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
That's Not A Feeling
Abandoned in a therapeutic boarding school in upstate New York, 16-year-old suicide survivor Benjamin endures a turbulent environment dominated by scheduled medication, emotionally arrested caregivers and a brilliant but raging headmaster whose sudden illness throws the school into turmoil.

Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9781616951894
Characteristics: 358 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.


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Apr 02, 2013
  • mclarjh rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I liked the title, and the cover illustration. I thought they both accurately conveyed what the story was about.

The novel reminded me of a grade-school reader: small words, concrete nouns.

I do wonder about the omniscient narrator, but told in the first-person. None of the characters are very interesting or sympathetic, least of all Benjamin.

Feb 27, 2013
  • jeanner222 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Our story begins with our narrator’s arrival at Roaring Orchards, a “therapeutic” boarding school in upstate New York. Benjamin has a history of suicide attempts and needs help, but Roaring Orchards is the last place he should be.

Founded by a complete kook, Roaring Orchards is, in a word, inexplicable. In fact, no employee can explain the school’s philosophy. Full of bizarre rituals and puzzling jargon, R.O. is no place for any child, troubled or otherwise.

Benjamin’s account of his experience is, at times, humorous. At other times, his story is disturbing. Frankly, I’m not sure what the author intended with this novel.


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