SUNSHINE KIDS MAKE MONEY
The nameless twenty-something narrator doesn’t really like people. He doesn’t like cars, either. He hates fish and likes to smell everything. He has a subscription to EQUESTRIAN DREAMS, but doesn’t own a horse. He hates Tuesdays and loves Wednesdays. His grandpa left him a house when he was killed by a lawnmower. He has no idea what alcohol is and he hates small talk. Coca cola commercials frighten him, and he talks to his toaster.
No one knows what’s wrong with him, because he’s never been to the doctor.
It could be the result of being raised by his insane, senile grandfather.
Maybe he’s just nuts.
See the world through his eyes as he becomes obsessed with an immoral door-to-door sales program called The Sunshine Kids. During his quest to become a top sales person and win a mountain bike, he discovers a dead body in an alley near his house. He shifts his focus and becomes determined to discover the killer and solve the mystery. (Didn’t I mention that he loves mysteries?)
The world he occupies is offensive, sick, dark, complex and maybe a little crazy. Okay, maybe it’s very crazy. (stop here) But you may just find yourself laughing as the narrator awkwardly squirms his way through a populace he loathes to solve a mystery he’s obsessed with, all while trying to sell enough baked goods and trinkets to become a Sunshine Kids All-Star.
Now THIS is a character Miss Snark identifies with. I wonder if he'd consider an apprenticeship at a literary agency??
Why this works: it's vivid, it's energetic, it's not the usual fluffy kid saving the world. I'll overlook the lack of "why this matters" cause I like the writing a lot.