Benny narrates this, and Benny isn’t the greatest of guys. But he’s the kind of guy you probably should like less, but don’t. Here’s a quote: “I arrived in Bozeman after the place that came after Animas, was thinking I would stay forever—thinking I would finally stop what I’ve been doing and be someone, thinking this place was really me.”
Bozeman is going well, sort of, until he goes on a backpacking trip with some friends. The story is structured so that I felt equally sorry for everyone on the trip, and also happy to see Benny get what is coming to him.
There were fun class/income observations also. Nicely done, Shawn Vestal.
2 thoughts on “One Story: Please Give Me One Good Reason Not to Hate You”
I know that you know, but I want a picture. And a book where you root for the iffy prot/antagonist (as it seems like Benny was both?) and then enjoy his comeuppance sounds pretty daftly crafted.
I appreciate a story that can give you a character who walks that thin line between likable and unlikable. I just came across this in a movie I saw recently (Blue Jasmine). Also, I really like the title.