Killing Hemingway is noted as a “coming of age” novel. That’s not generally my genre of choice, but it was also listed under humor and I need a little humor in my life. Actually a lot of humor.
The hero in the story is a genius named Teddy Alexander. Bored with the level of teaching at his school he decides to up the ante and “school” his ill-equipped teacher earning him a trip to the principal’s office. Teddy’s poor behavior becomes the turning point in his life when the principal recognizes the gem that is Teddy. The novel follows Teddy through his unusual life.
“For the last two years, since he turned ten, he had thought about little beyond getting done with high school and going to college.”
So in my jaded nature, I kept waiting for the shoe to drop; tragedy to befall this young man. Fortunately this is not that kind of novel and thankfully for me it is rather uplifting.
“Why does he like Hemingway so much? I just don’t get it. I can’t find anything even remotely interesting by Hemingway. The Old Man and the Sea was okay, but it wasn’t genius.”