I’m honestly not all that interested in Mike by Andrew Norriss. The synopsis really doesn’t make a lot clear regarding the main character, Floyd’s imaginary friend (?), Mike and so I went to the reviews to determine what exactly he was meant to be and I still couldn’t quite bring myself to fully get the point. I’m not one hundred percent sure if he was meant to be the representation of a mental illness or not. The description given is that Mike is a representation of a “repressed wish” or dream of the main character. And I just don’t get it. I’m sure that reading the book would make it more clear, but I’ve left not really interested at all in the novel. The main character does end up going to therapy at some point, though I’m not sure exactly what the result of that was and whether it was truly a decent explanation. And, I think, ultimately, I’m not really all that interested in reading a novel about a kid who is trying to achieve a tennis dream. I’m not a big sport fan and tennis is among the sports that I just don’t care to pay attention to.
I’m sure this book could be well liked by some other readers, but it just doesn’t seem to be for me. And the oddness surrounding whether or not Floyd actually does have a mental illness just doesn’t appeal to me, especially if it’s downplayed. And I wont say whether it is or not because I cannot determine that for certain, but I just got a weird feeling about this book that doesn’t endear me to read it. If you do decide to read this novel, feel free to come back and let me know what you thought of it!
What are your thoughts on this book? Do you think you’ll be adding it to your TBR? Will you skip it? Let me know in the comments!