Book: Isosceles
Author: Scott R. Caseley
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing, 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1-77127-239-1
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Language level: 5
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: For adults only, but I don’t recommend it for anyone
Rating: 0 stars (NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Caseley, Scott R. Isosceles (published in 2013 by MuseItUp Publishing, 14878 James, Pierre Fonds, Quebec, H9H 1P5 Canada). This book is narrated by nineteen-year-old Sean McIntyre and opens when he finds his best friend Trey Goodsby, who has come to visit his new apartment, dead and almost completely submerged in a bathtub filled with bloody water. Is it an accident or suicide? In an attempt to find out, Sean goes back thirteen years earlier when the two begin their off and on again friendship in first grade. The book explores those intervening years of Trey’s relationships with family and friends, his romances, and the circumstances in which he found himself that led to the tragic event. It describes the breakup of both the McIntyres’ and Goodsbys’ marriages when Sean’s mom leaves and moves in with Trey’s dad.

If Trey’s death was suicide, why did he do it? And, did it have anything to do with Madeline Edwards, the girl who was a friend to both of them but came between them constantly through their friendship—like a triangle? The book ends with the repercussions for those whom Trey left behind. In addition to the broken homes, the story includes accounts of Trey’s sexual activities with Maddie and another girlfriend and his earlier suicide attempts. In addition, Maddie’s mother had committed suicide. There are also copious references to drinking alcohol, especially as Sean and Trey hit their later teens, along with other sexually related matters. And every vile and dirty word that worldly young people today use is found in the conversations. I would not normally review such books, but I was invited to be part of a blog tour to promote it. However, after receiving a copy and reading it, I decided that I did not want to be on the tour.

Isosceles is identified as a coming-of-age mystery romance. This may be a big stretch for those who like a truly good mystery and/or romance. First of all, I found the book to be a real downer. In fact, I have not read as depressing a story in a long time. Maybe there is some lesson to learn or some beneficial observation about life here, but nothing like that caught my attention. Furthermore, regardless of what important points an author may think that he is trying to make, books that use a lot of vulgar or obscene language and give descriptions of teenagers having sexual relations just do not appeal to me at all. Other people may find meaning in such kinds of books, but I simply don’t enjoy reading them and cannot conscientiously recommend them. Isosceles is currently only available as an eBook.

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