Lucas, a teenage boy with poor social skills, bickering parents, and junk food cravings needs to find release somewhere. His solution: online porn. Curiosity quickly curdles to obsession, and the faster Lucas sinks, the more difficult it becomes to sever the addiction. — Mike Hare
Powerful and unfiltered, this fictional account of a teenage boy's addiction to online pornography is equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful.
The first time a link to a porn video pops up on his computer screen, Lucas is startled. He was simply trying to stream a superhero movie. Transfixed by the scene that unfolds, he experiences his first stirrings of arousal. Lucas soon realizes that he wants to recapture that same excitement, and it's not long before he starts down a path that takes hold of his every thought--day and night.
Only when his secret is revealed and everything comes crashing down around him can Lucas confront his compulsions. But even as feelings of shame overwhelm him, his urges seem impossible to ignore, and interacting with real people is difficult. As Lucas gets help, it becomes clear to him and those around him that he can recover and find a new direction for his life despite this addiction.
With a naive and confused protagonist and multilayered storytelling, this is a no-holds-barred look at a teenage boy falling prey to the world of cybersex, the perils of porn addiction, and the difficult road to recovery for addicts and their loved ones.
About the Author
PATRICK BARD is a novelist, travel writer, and photojournalist. His many novels for adults and young adults have received prestigious awards in his native France. Point of View is his first novel to be translated into English.
“A provocative work.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Bard tackles a provocative subject with objectivity and unabashed honesty.” —Publishers Weekly