The Final Weekend: A Stoned Tale by Neal Cassidy

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Professor Goodkat is an arrogant Jack the lad – who is actually 41 years of age. He has achieved everything in his work, he likes casual sex and is a pothead but in reality enjoys routine and a mundane life. Then he meets Trent, an ex-student, who is barely holding down a job in a Smoothie shop, who then meets Clarence, who is soon to start his Police Academy training, who then meets Ling Li & Courtney who meets Justin, who is just sad that his best mate, Harry is leaving town. And so it continues, like a cascade of dominoes.

The last weekend arrives, this group of friends who live and play together are all moving on. Especially for Harry, he leaves after this final weekend to start afresh.

The night starts in the boys flat then a bar… alcohol, weed and the hope of sex gets the boys in the mood, as the weekend continues, alcohol filled pranks become ever complex, meeting up with the girls for one more blast!

Then before they know it, the weekend is over. Clarence is looking smart in his uniform ready and excited for his first day and Harry is ready to go too. The rest of the crew are also together to send off Harry at the train station, for their final goodbye.

This is an original, interesting concept, showing a snapshot into each characters life who then meets up with the next character. I thought this was an original and interesting way to introduce the characters.

The writing style is brash, has very graphic sexual practices and is crude in places, however it also shows some lighthearted insight into modern American life. Cassidy has chosen a good selection of different characters, all young friends all with the same mindset.

The friends behaviours do become repetitive, as the boys & girls are preoccupied with weed, alcohol and sex. I enjoyed the Cortneys ‘grandma’ a older, wealthy woman also with an obsession with men and sexual favours.

This is a strange book, it follows this group of young people on the final weekend bender before they go their separate ways. It is repetitive and lacklustre, until the final few pages, which are completely unexpected and explosive.

I’m not really sure what I felt about this book. On reflection, I became disinterested as the characters and storyline followed the same themes throughout without deviation. It would have been more enjoyable and interesting, if Cassidy had introduced the intensity and excitement, which sadly he kept until the very end.

The Final Weekend: a stoned tale is available to buy here.

Neal Cassidy

Neal Cassidy is an American writer who grew up in Forest, Va. An ex-tennis pro, he also spent his winters competing in Big Air & Slopestyle competitions on skis. After many years of an undiscerning lifestyle, he decided to put his experiences into his first novel, The Final WeekendA Stoned Tale. He does his best writing at home while listening to Tchaikovsky at a low volume, with a hot black tea, frozen chocolate fruits, and five pre-rolled blunts within reach.

Reviewed by Amanda Brightman

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