Book Review: 'The Blindfold Test'
"The Blindfold Test” by Barry Schecter is a novel set in 1960-80 Chicago. The main character, underachiever Jeffery Parker, has the absolute worst luck. Nothing in his life seems to go his way. From being denied job opportunities to losing girls and acquaintances for no apparent reason, Parker is unaware of the real reason behind his misfortune: the government.
He slowly becomes more and more paranoid with his life as the secret to his bad luck is unraveled. With help from his friends, Parker tries to shake what has plagued him for years and keep Fran by his side. "Faceless men" with fake beards and mirrored sunglasses pop up around each corner bringing about Jeff's curiosity, which in his case only leads to more trouble. I selected this book because of the cover, but after the first few pages I was hooked. The paroxysms of suspense and realizations completely entangled me with Parker's thoughts and actions. Due to its originality and addictiveness, I recommend this book for mature readers.
Daniel Binet is a graduating senior in the academically gifted and talented in art programs at Hahnville High. He enjoys soccer, art, music, and anything math or critical thinking related. After graduation, Binet plans to attend Louisiana Tech University with a full paid Presidential scholarship to study civil engineering.
Editor’s note: Book reviews are published weekly in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program.
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