Small Fingernails by J Peters is a beautifully written part romance, part biographical novel. Though the novel is short, its narrative has strict voice and an amazing sense of intensity. After reading it in one sitting at night, I woke up with a feeling that love is a delicate fabric, only those who care for it can handle and deserve it.
Since the protagonist of the novel is a college lad ‘Jacques’, I personally feel that the novel got a juvenile attitude towards a tender feeling called love. It is right to reckon that the young lad screwed up his love life owing to mean friends around and some mental instability issues. From college guys, maturity cannot be expected overnight, thus I understood why there were a lot of mood swings and disturbances when the lead guy is chasing his girl Dorothea.
The story is backdropped against a college in Freedomtown where the lead character Jacques is all excited about his coming college years, especially when he gets into a group of friends. Some of his roommates were slightly senior; however, when he gets into second year things become too loud and chaotic for him. He is shy and introvert and often seeks advice from one of his friends (Vito) to win heart of the girl called Dorothea. Love in adolescence portrayed perfectly. Till midway or until Dorothea goes away to London for higher studies, Jacques seemed lusting after her. It was fun reading till then, especially the episodes where his friend Mcdaggot beats him and cash on the opportunity to sleep with Dorothea. Friends are not so loyal at college time – some are good like Shagwell but others may play politics for girls and bread.
Without giving away much, the novel is a good mix of adolescent desires, fun with friends, college on campus & off campus events, drugs, and of course stints of love. I hope the novel is fully fictional, so that I could say that the characterization of Jacques was solid to an extent beyond my anticipation. Overall, I liked the novel and now I am all set to his next one – University on Watch.