The Wild Gypsy of Arbor Hill
Go on a wild adventure with the main character, Charlie, in this book of drug deals, prostitution, and waste management.
Charlie is a college student who first falls in love with a girl named Sophia, who rejects him over and over again. Finally, due to his persistence and possibly a little bit of curiosity on her part, Sophia agrees to sleep with Charlie. The sordid relationship ends with Charlie’s heart being crushed and it is from this beginning part of the story that we learn that Charlie is just a big romantic who wants someone to love. Falling into a deep depression, Charlie decides, against his wealthy parents’ wishes, to drop out of college. He decides to get a job at a local junkyard where he meets a new friend named Cash. Cash has wild ideas about creating a colony in Fiji one day. Charlie’s alcoholism starts to get worse and one day Cash brings a very inebriated Charlie back home. Upon entering Charlie’s apartment, Cash tells Charlie that his apartment is disgusting and that he is going to get someone to come and clean it up for him. It is then that Charlie is introduced to Gypsy and all sorts of bad things happen. Gypsy not only cleans his apartment, but she also services Charlie in other ways. Charlie starts mistaking this for love and, against Cash’s advice, keeps paying Gypsy to come over at all hours of the night. Soon, Charlie is indebted to Cash and doesn’t even have enough money to buy food. Gypsy is wild and crazy and when Charlie doesn’t have money for her, she steals his television and clothing to get money. This story flowed well as the reader can follow Charlie from one situation to the next. The author does a great job of describing the characters and the neighborhoods in which the characters find themselves. Gypsy was quite a hoot because of the antics that she would pull. She would always run straight to Charlie’s bathroom and when he barged in on her he would find her doing yoga poses. She was a completely free spirit which made it so sad when Charlie finds out she is a crack addict, and he tries to save her from that life. This book is a fun and entertaining read that takes a wealthy white boy and puts him right in the middle of the ghetto.
After editing at City Book Review for a few years, I took up the duties of editorial assistant, which include assigning books for review, posting reviews to our various sites, and nagging reviewers for things. In my non-nagging time, I’m a gamer, artist, writer, and notorious black thumb/bane of plants. My answer to every book-related question: read Octavia Butler.
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