Review: Sometimes We’re Always Real Same-same by Mattox Roesch

24 Nov

Sometimes We're Always Real Same-sameMy rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book attracted me mostly due to its name– somehow, the book description didn’t give me an idea of what to expect.

(I much prefer the description on Unbridled Books to the one that is on Goodreads and on Amazon).

Same-same is as quirky as the name would lead you to expect- quirky without being either cute or light. The focus was on character– mostly that of Cesar.

Cesar was on a bad path in LA, one likely to end like that of his brother, who is in jail because of his role in a gang shooting. Cesar has already found himself involved in one truly terrible crime.

Moving to Alaska with his mother gives him a new start, just not the one he’s looking for. He’s got a plan to move back to LA and move in with his dad. Unfortunately, his father is most notable in this story for his absence.

Luckily for all involved, Cesar meets up with his local cousin, Go-boy. The reader as well as the characters in the book wonder whether Go-boy is crazy. Certainly, the letters he writes to Yoko Ono are crazy. The signs he puts up around town are pretty crazy. On the other hand, there seems to be a method to his madness.

My favorite character was Kiana, Cesar’s girlfriend and Go-boy’s cousin. She’s a teenage math genius who doesn’t always make good personal choices. I’d love to know what happens to her down the road.

The books looks at issues of character and of responsibility, questions of how one decision (or non-decision) can change a life. I didn’t always like the conclusions the characters came to, but they had me thinking. Same-same is thought provoking while being funny and readable.

Thank you to Unbridled Books for providing me with a copy of this book!


Posted by on November 24, 2009 in books, reviews


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6 responses to “Review: Sometimes We’re Always Real Same-same by Mattox Roesch

  1. Lisa

    November 24, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Quirky sounds like a nice break from what I’ve been reading of late. Maybe this will have to be the next book up.

  2. Jen - Devourer of Books

    November 25, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I think I need to pick this up, I’ve been seeing such good reviews.

  3. athomewithbooks

    November 25, 2009 at 10:11 am

    I don’t think I would have given this a chance normally, I think the cover and the title would have turned me off. From reading your review though I am interested in this one. The supporting characters sound fascinating.

  4. Literary Feline

    November 27, 2009 at 10:39 am

    I enjoyed reading this book too, Laura. Go Boy was my favorite character. 🙂

  5. reflective risk

    December 8, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I was born and raised in Alaska, then I moved to the city of Chicago for college. During that time I worked with at-risk gang kids. This book is amazing and reflects rich insight and has wonderful texture.


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