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Someday this pain will be useful to you by Peter Cameron

Someday this pain will be useful to you by Peter Cameron

Someday this pain will be useful to you by Peter Cameron

What is the name of the book?
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You

Who wrote it?

Peter Cameron

This book is great for

High Schoolers (9th-12th graders)

Read this if you’re in the mood to get

LOL (Humor)

Emotional (Drama/angst)

This book is about

James Svek, self-proclaimed misanthrope, is in therapy. Suddenly unsure about himself, and his future, James is melancholy, with no friends, and an overberaring family that doesn’t understand him. Not to mention the fact that he’s supposed to go away to college at the end of the summer. He spends his days working at his mother’s gallery, and pondering the great mysteries of life, wherein he decides to give up all worldy desires (more or less) and move some place outwest, and buy a small house. The one person whom he feels that he can trust and feels understands him, is his grandmother, whom he adores, and shares all of his troubles with. The books starts out slow, but as you read on, you learn about the event that took place that led to his “breakdown”, and landed him in therapy. Slightly reminiscent of Holden from the ever so popular classic, ‘The Catcher in the Rye’, James is raw with emotion, and his despondent attitude towards life reaches into the dark recesses of even the strongest individual’s heart and correlates with something there, that makes that individual- teen, adult, elderly- able to relate to this torn individual in striken world.

On a scale of 1 to 5 (1=HATED it, 5=LOVED it) I would give this book a


I loved/hated this book because

It was real. The emotions were raw, and I could really identify with James, so much to the point that when the book ended, I felt like I’d made a new friend, and just for a moment, I felt that I was a little less alone in the world.

Summer Reading Club Reviewer

Michaela S. 


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