Monday, 19 September 2016
Cuckoo by Keren David
He's a household name . . . without a home
Jake is an actor, a household name thanks to his role on the UK's most popular soap. But his character went upstairs to his bedroom six months ago and never came down again, and now Jake is facing an uncertain future. Add to that his dad's anger issues, the family's precarious finances and the demands of a severely autistic brother; Jake's home feels like a powder keg waiting to explode. It's easier to spend nights on friends' sofas and futons, but what happens when you feel like a cuckoo in every nest?
Cuckoo is a novel about the roles we play when we don't fit in anywhere, and finding unlikely solace when home is the least welcoming place of all
I think the way this is told is either going to be something you love or hate. Unfortunately it didn't work for me.
The story itself is an interesting one and I was interested in Jake's story seeing how he went from a household name in one of the biggest soaps to being homeless and unemployed and in a sorry state.
Much of the story is told via video diary which is filmed after the events with characters played by other characters. I found it really hard to get my head around who was who. It also meant the retelling was incredibly unreliable which again I couldn't get my head around what was actually happening.