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Publisher Description

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is the story of James Sveck, a sophisticated, vulnerable young man with a deep appreciation for the world and no idea how to live in it. James is eighteen, the child of divorced parents living in Manhattan. Articulate, sensitive, and cynical, he rejects all of the assumptions that govern the adult world around him–including the expectation that he will go to college in the fall. He would prefer to move to an old house in a small town somewhere in the Midwest. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You takes place over a few broiling days in the summer of 2003 as James confides in his sympathetic grandmother, stymies his canny therapist, deplores his pretentious sister, and devises a fake online identity in order to pursue his crush on a much older coworker. Nothing turns out how he'd expected.

"Possibly one of the all-time great New York books, not to mention an archly comic gem" (Peter Gadol, LA Weekly), Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is the insightful, powerfully moving story of a young man questioning his times, his family, his world, and himself.

Young Adult
April 28
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Grades 9-13

Customer Reviews

Lara Case ,

This Book Was Amazing

This book is one of the best novels I have ever had the opportunity to read. The characters are real, very well developed at the story is extraordinary. It’s funny, super sad and just amazing. I totally recommend.

dogpoem ,

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

I've read "Coral Glynn" and this book and until I saw the page before this one I hadn't realized that both were written by Cameron. They could be more different and I'm impressed by his skill. "Someday This Pain...." Reminds me a bit of "Catcher in the Rye". The character of James a slightly older Holden.
I enjoyed the book and found myself laughing out loud many times.

xxxjillianxxx ,


I love reading, do not get me wrong. But every single page was excruciating to get through. This was the assigned book for my class book report and I have never wanted to throw something in the trash more. Do not waste your money!

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