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Calling Out to the World - by Jusice

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So, I bought a new book, always fun. This isn't any ordinary book, however. This is a collection of short stories and poetry by our very own Justice:

So here is a quick review of the first two shorts, with the rest to follow (these take longer than they appear to write)

Dear World, Remember Me?

Written in the form of a collection of letters written to the world itself, “Dear World, Remember Me?” follows the growth of someone known only as “me” as he (or indeed she) goes from a young, idealistic individual with big plans, to a bitter old man/woman who has decided to abandon the world, as the world has abandoned him.
The evolution of the writer, from young and idealistic, trying to work out where they shall go in the world, to an old and angry individual who feels abandoned by the very thing that used to watch over him, relays the sense of abandonment, and the fear at having to cope with a cold, harsh and often unforgiving world after the safety net of childhood is removed. This is a fear that many will feel, and the character “me” does not cope well with the loss of the safety net, blaming the world for his problems in later life.
It certainly has a dark undertone to it, in my opinion. The individual within these letters feels that he is owed something by the world that “abandoned him” once he was no longer a child. The strong implication at the end is that the writer of the letters has decided that he will end things, once and for all.
As a short story, there was only a short space for the character to be developed, and in 5 letters we are taken through the span of his entire life. This, however, provides us with a good insight into the changing views and outlook that the writer has through the passage of time. A short read, but a rewarding one that could spark a lot of debate about freedom of choice, social safety nets, and personal growth.

Through a Hole in the Wall

Something that occurs a few times in these stories is a brilliant set up, only to have no real payoff (at least on the surface). Through a Hole in the Wall is one of these stories. Following a young girl, who starts a new school, in a new town, as she becomes slowly more obsessed with the perpetually hated boy across the street who everyone believes to be dangerous for unspecified reasons, this story reveals details in short paragraphs that occur with various faces from her new life.
Cutting to the chase, it is revealed that this boys parents both died tragically, and then a further accident at school cemented the idea into everyones heads (including his) that he is cursed, and should be avoided at all costs. The story ends when the lead decides to give him the benefit of the doubt, and begins to climb through a hole in the garage wall of the half destroyed house that this boy lives in still.
On face value, this appears to be a rather abrupt ending. However, it is apparent here that, despite the fear of this boy, the lead character has decided to make a leap of faith, and trusts him regardless. The message here seems to be “take that first step into the unknown”. With this, the sudden end, the mystery surrounding what happens next, it’s perfect with the whole story. There is no way to tell what will happen, but you won’t know if you don’t try.
This was one of my favourite shorts in this collection, so I recommend it.
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  1. Sweetiecake's Avatar
    This makes me really want to get the book... my dad wouldn't because he's being mean, but I think it's time to ask my mom.

    It sounds like a great book, and I hope to be able to read it.