Book Review: Reality and Me All Capeless by Fennel Steuert
ashley | Usually when I am presented with a book, I have a pretty good idea of what to expect and what I’m in store for. But when Fennel Steuert sent us his book Reality and Me All Capeless, I can honestly say I had no idea what to expect from this. The description was vague and while Fennel gave me a thorough rundown via email, I still wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into and I’m still not sure what I just read.
Fin – or Finbar – is one of those characters with a lot of vibrant confidence; he’s quite quirky and never stops talking or moving or coming up with strange scenarios or finding himself in strange situations. I’m sure there’s a proper term for this, or this genre of writing, but I’ve only come across it a few times and I have to admit I’m still trying to figure out if it’s my thing. It definitely keeps me on my toes, but I’m still not entirely sure what to take from it.
The one thing I will say is that the persistence and bounce back is admirable. This kid, it’s like nothing could knock him down. And believe me, the world tried. He didn’t come from money, he was on the wrong end of many racist comments, he got beat up more often than not and let`s not forget the viral video that caught him being brought down off a roof after trying to fly from it. Despite all obstacles life threw at him, Fin still had this happy go lucky attitude where he couldn`t be shook. That is until he gets his heart broken and his eyes open to how unfair the world really is.
This was a quirky story and had a lot of interesting and seemingly random elements to it. I enjoyed the reality tv aspect, it was interesting to see how they kind of exploited the good in Fin for TV and how that affected the people around him. Writing from the perspective of a low-income person of colour kind of thrust into this weird reality tv `fame’ was a really new take for me and it spoke to a lot of things that I think aren`t explored enough in books these days. It also examines friendships and the importance of family and education and how fame isn`t necessarily all it`s cracked up to be.
I`m glad I read this, it was definitely a new and unexpected experience for me, I just couldn`t necessarily keep up with Fin and his exuberance. But I definitely tried right until the end.
march 6, 2016
copy provided for honest review by
author, fennel steuert