Author: Yewande Omotoso
Published by: Bookcraft Africa
Year of Publication: 2013
Genre: Literary Fiction
Leke is a troubled young man living in the suburbs of Cape Town. He develops strange habits of stalking people, stealing small objects and going from doctor to doctor in search of companionship rather than cure.
Through a series of letters written to him by his Nigerian father whom he has never met. Leke learns about a family curse; a curse which his father has unsuccessfully tried to remove.
BomBoy is a well crafted and complex narrative written with a sensitive understanding of both the smallest and magnitude of a single
This has to be the most pointless book I have read in recent history. I think the author must be some kind of marketing genius. The only reason I finished this book was that there was always the promise of something MAJOR about to be revealed.
I kept turning the pages, waiting to get to the “climax” and it is not even a little climatic. I mean, the entire book could easily have been a short story and it would have been better that way. Instead, the reader gets dragged on what has to be a ploy to meet the required number of words to call it a novel.
The big secret/family curse has nothing to do with Leke’s strange behaviour. Instead of him getting professional help for his anxieties and antisocial tendencies, he “falls in love” and is magically cured. For Serious?!
And the relationship… Don’t even get me started on all the ways I think it’s unhealthy.
The writing is easy on the eyes, I’ll admit. The changing timelines took some getting used to, but I didn’t even mind that in the end. In fact, I found myself enjoying Oscar’s voice, even if he spent the entire book hinting at a pointless family curse.
The story itself was not very engaging. I couldn’t feel anything for most of the characters and I just hate when a new character’s narrative is sprung on me halfway into a story.
Bomboy really disappointed me. I must have written “I’m losing interest” about 5 times in my journal while reading this book and I really hate when I have to work to finish a book. Ugh!!
I do not recommend this book. It is completely pointless. Just don’t bother.