This is the story of Steve, a guy who loses his job and decides to kill himself. But instead of doing it right away, he makes a promise to do it after precisely one month, during which time he intends to live as fully as possible. This involves drug-taking and hanging around with homeless people. He also pulls a bunch of extreme urban stunts such as riding on the roof of a passenger train. Finally, (spoiler alert) after 30 days he does indeed commit suicide by way of a jump from a high building.
This started off promising but after a few chapters it began to drag. There aren’t many twists and turns and the story plods forward in what is essentially a sequence of self-contained episodes.
I also found Steve not terribly convincing. Someone wanting to die would logically be very depressed, and a depressed person doesn’t go around having fun every day. His suicide plan seems arbitrary and paradoxical. Where did this concept come from? He has a lot of new experiences but his character simply doesn’t develop.
There’s also a not very credible overdose scene in which the victim dies rather a long time after apparently injecting heroin.
Parts of this feel like a first draft. It was ok...
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