My Vacation in Hell

My Vacation in Hell My Vacation in Hell is a young adult dark fantasy Set in the mid s it is a first person narrative by a year old writer named John Boggle A troubled nerdy misfit and a frequent flyer of his ima

  • Title: My Vacation in Hell
  • Author: Gene Twaronite
  • ISBN: 9781470003036
  • Page: 190
  • Format: Paperback
  • My Vacation in Hell is a young adult dark fantasy Set in the mid 1960s, it is a first person narrative by a 15 year old writer named John Boggle A troubled nerdy misfit and a frequent flyer of his imagination, John is inspired by a book report reading of Dante Alighieri s the Inferno In the eternity of the five minutes before summer vacation, he embarks on a pilgrimageMy Vacation in Hell is a young adult dark fantasy Set in the mid 1960s, it is a first person narrative by a 15 year old writer named John Boggle A troubled nerdy misfit and a frequent flyer of his imagination, John is inspired by a book report reading of Dante Alighieri s the Inferno In the eternity of the five minutes before summer vacation, he embarks on a pilgrimage based upon his own free wheeling interpretation of the work Following Dante s lead, John populates his hell with all the people who have wronged him over the years, inventing deliciously cruel punishments for each of them in his teenage version of cosmic retribution Aided by his best friend Virgil, a trusty guide in this shared imagination, John also struggles to come to terms with the world s many evils And as he descends further into this realm, he constructs his own hierarchy of evildoers, assigning them to the levels he believes they deserve But it is the evil perpetrated upon John, a victim of sexual abuse, which poses the most difficult challenge The deeper he goes, the he encounters obstacles, some of whom in the guise of colorful demon characters try their best to keep him there But the worst obstacle of all is his own self image, forged out of guilt and shame He will not leave this hell of his own making, Virgil tells him, until he learns how to deal with the evil inflicted upon him and finds the true center of his being Fortunately, he has other help besides the ever wise Virgil, who it turns out has a few problems of his own to deal with John needs than reason to get him through this, and divinely beautiful aid arrives in the form of Beth, an idealized version of his secret love Rescuing the pair from the evil that threatens to consume them, she will guide John in the last stage of his spiritual odyssey She shows him that there are even some good places in Hell, just as there is always some good, however slight, that comes from our worst experiences Though disturbing at times due to its mature theme, My Vacation in Hell delivers a message of hope with a large dose of humor.

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    • Jade Eby says:

      Originally published at my blog Chasing Empty PavementsThis is the Twaronite's second novel and it skips ahead two years when John Boggle is 15. Not only does his age set him up so that is novel feels more YA, but the title alone seems to fit in well with YA themes.The Good: This was QUITE a change from The Family that Wasn't yet Twaronite's humor and voice shined through on this novel as well. The dark nature of this novel immediately set itself apart from his first novel as the main character [...]

    • Chris Gamer says:

      An entertaining modern version of dante's classic tale. Using vivid imagery, the author paints a picture of a teenager's personal version of hell, with characters that are easy to relate to, and understand.

    • Gina says:

      Book Description- My Vacation in Hell is a humorous young adult fantasy. Set in the mid-1960's, it is told in the first person narrative by a 15-year old writer named John Boggle. A troubled nerdy misfit and a frequent flyer of his imagination, John is inspired by a book report reading of Dante Alighieri's the Inferno. In the eternity of the five minutes before summer vacation, he embarks on a pilgrimage based upon his own free-wheeling interpretation of the work.Following Dante's lead, John pop [...]

    • Kelly says:

      My Vacation in Hell is intense. I was surprised to see that it's described as humorous in the synopsis, because while I did find myself chuckling at a few parts, overall, I found it anything but humorous. Instead, I found it dark and intense, and psychologically very, very interesting.I've never read Dante's Inferno, but I've heard My Vacation in Hell compared to it, and I think this is probably pretty accurate. While I was reading, I wondered how much of My Vacation in Hell might have come from [...]

    • Shannon says:

      I found this to be a darkly humorous and very thought provoking story very appropriate for the mature, young reader. The author, in my opinion, has done an outstanding job addressing serious and sensitive issues in such a way that should not leave the reader feeling uncomfortable. His descriptions of the various stages of hell are just "creepy" enough to entertain and maintain the young readers' attention, but not so bizarre that the underlying lessons are lost altogether.As a mother with sons, [...]

    • Sara says:

      Once I picked it up, I didn't want to stop! Its such an entertaining story on a topic that I have never read much about before. After getting home from work, I'd think to myself, "Hmm what should I do now, oh I know! I'll read my hell book!" It became my own little hell trip, too, in a good way. I haven't read Dante's Inferno but, after this book, I really want to. This book made the concept of hell so interesting and entertaining that I want to keep going!The main character, John, is portrayed [...]

    • Krissi Bryant says:

      The main characters in this book is John and Virgil. It starts off with John daydreaming five minutes until summer vacation and he lands himself in hell. Soon he comes across his good friend Virgil who is his trusty guide throughout hell. The adventure moves through the nine zones of hell each one with something new for the boys to discover. Each realm of hell showing their bullies and their places in hell and a appearing monk that helps them through hell and its problems. At zone nine each boy [...]

    • Katrina says:

      I wasn't actually aware that this was Twarnoite's second novel about the character John Boggle until I'd finished the book and had a scan through the reviews. Not that it mattered as I've found the book to be accessible even as a stand alone novel in itself.There are some very dark themes throughout this YA story in which the author doesn't gloss over. Decent use of Dante's Divine Comedy as inspiration.Was pleasantly surprised by it, I have to say.

    • ☆Joycedale☆ says:

      I've never read Dante's Inferno so I'm not sure how much this resembles it. John after doing a book report on Dante starts imagining what all the bad people in his life, especially "Uncle Vinnie" would deserve done to them. Somehow this leads to him being lead through hell by his best friend who is on his thrid trip there. They travel though the nine levels with occasional help from a monk only to reach the last level and face their own demons, which strangely are very similar.

    • Jennifer says:

      I really enjoyed the beginning of the story, but toward the middle of the story it got very repetitive. John, our narrator, is definitely funny, and the story is very dark(especially toward the end.) If you like horror movies this may be a great fit for you. Side note, this author is incredibly kind!

    • Linda says:

      The title an cover art is enough to give it 5 stars. Haven't read it. Want to win it. Then I'll rate it.

    • Kate Robinson says:

      See my interview with Gene Twaronite and a review of My Vacation in Hell at Jellyfish Day - jellyfishday/2012

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