Kasher in the Rye

The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16

Fiction - Audiobook
320 Pages
Reviewed on 06/14/2012
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Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers' Favorite

Moshe Kasher was born into a life so confusing, unique and tumultuous that 'dysfunctional' really doesn't adequately describe it. Anger issues inherited from his gene pool are a struggle, resulting in psychotherapy starting at an early age. After a vacation to California that turns out to be a permanent move, Kasher finds himself a minority white kid in Oakland's tough public school system. He learns to numb his pain and becomes an alcoholic and an addict who will do anything to survive. The school system doesn't want him. People don't want him near them. He finds solace in a small pack of like-minded folk with whom he shares the downward spiral of poor decisions on a daily basis. The mental hospital added to the experience but yet he continues to persevere. Then he turns 16.

Not since Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" has a book taken its reader through such a tangled, windy, thorny path that is so atrocious that there is actually humor to be found. Listening to the audio book was fun although I do admit I had to roll up the car window if I were in a congested area lest I shock the passerby with the words coming from my speakers. Mr. Kasher has done a wonderful job with his memoirs. I could see in my mind people I have known in life. I laughed out loud more times than I can count. I loved the shock value that waits to be discovered in every single scene. WARNING: Very graphic descriptions and the language is crass and possibly offensive to some.