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John Vincent Dolan was his name originally. Since he turned 16, it's changed numerous times. Johnny, as he was once called, has suffered from migraines for years. Doctors don't believe him. He tracks down his own medication, then he overdoses when the pain strikes. To avoid the institution that he was put in as an 'odd' child, he changes identities to ensure that his medical history doesn't come up the next time he winds up in the hospital. A cocaine addict, forger, and former juvie hall inmate, John Vincent Dolan tells the tale of his life in flashbacks while he dances his way through his latest psych evaluation.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   grade school Something wrong upstairs/downstairs?    -   mental illness Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   Momma gone Wild kid(s)?    -   committing crimes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   rude people Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   lesbians!    -   actual description of hetero sex Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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