Author: J.J. Johnson
Published: June 2014
Summary: Michael Davis has a special friend name Louie: which is rather odd, for Michael has never had any friends before. But when everything goes wrong in young Michael’s life- It is his rather unique friendship with Louie that gets him through the dark days.
My Friend Louie is a twisted story of a Bi-Polar fifteen year old boy and his baseball bat. Caught between the pain of his parents divorce and a ruthless bully down the street, Michael feels neglected and worthless, until he meets Louie. Now Michael feels a power that gives him both confidence while also causing him concern about who he is becoming.
This story is a unique tale of friendship... and much more. It follows Michael and delves into some of the darker aspects of his life - feelings of inadequacy, worthlessness, and unfulfilled desires of friendship. He then takes it a step farther, and tackles something we all struggle with, the dark inner voice.
From the beginning I knew this book was a winner, but at about a quarter of the way through, I was speechless. This was when I had that first "aha" moment, and was reminded of the movie, Fight Club. This story eloquently shows how broken some people can be, and how sometimes our internal conflicts materialize outside in another form.
I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys Christian themes, thrillers, and the younger teen set. There is a lot to enjoy and learn from this book. 5 Stars!