|Well, I must tell you, Matthew Lewis, this is one hell of a good story! I really, really, really liked it and I especially liked the ending - sarcastic, realistic, dark and deadly. Loved it. I have been writing for some time now and reading a lot of stories in order to understand human nature, people, life's meaning, abstract thoughts, languages, feelings, the "dark side" in one's mind (even mine) and the world we live in. I become more and more susprised each day and today - it was you.
As a happy and determinesd member of WDC, I like to review stories and poems and I was recently added as one of the reviewers of a review group. I have not found a short story like your The Boy's Problem since I joined and I urge you to allow it to be read by everyone, make it public and let the WDC avid readers out there find your piece and enjoy this... troubling yet great story!
No spelling mistakes but please correct the word 'middle-aged' in the second line of your story.
I am giving you a 5 rating, if I could, it would be 5.5! I haven't given a 5 rating for some time now, so please feel pleased - you deserve it!
The way you wrote the second part of the story, "They" as I call them" impressed me deeply because even though I was born in Philadelplhia, I have lived most of my life in Brazil. I have been living in Florida, for a year now, and believe it or not, I listen to other Americans, in malls and supermarkets or in airports and restaurants, speak like that, act like that and become etremely aggressive to one another or over food and prices of services. Sometimes I am not understood, because of my accent, and I am put aside, rejected, as well as my fellow Mexicans or Porto Ricans. A strange country and people, mind me, but I love this country as my own. And you, you think the way you do because maybe the boys thoughts - not acts - are yours, especially because you lived abroad and traveled the world - your line of vision is wider, you outgrew.
Congratulations. I've never written such a long review.
Make this story PUBLIC immediately. Don't change a word. You say you admire my stories. Now, someone admires yours. Christina Daltro