This review appeared in nb75
In The Almost Lizard, James Higgerson has transported the existential angst of Holden Caulfield and Benjamin Braddock into a more modern time frame, with nods to modern technology, the changing nature of family and friendships that any teenager has to go through, and fashioned a tragic story out of a lot of disparate threads. The story's narrator Daniel Lizar, having survived an emotional rollercoaster of adolescence has just turned twenty-one, and plans to kill himself. Like Slyvia Plath in The Bell Jar or Iain Bank's in The Crow Road the story begins with intimations of death, and although the reader always knows the outcome to this story, the journey there is worth taking, for we follow Daniel through school, his parent's divorce due to his father's affair with Daniel's best friend's mother, falling in with the wrong crowd, early sexual experiences and relationships, his own father's death, and the falling apart, and repair of friendships.
The novel goes along at quite a pace, with all of the confidence, and some of the self doubt that inflicts every teenager. Although the book, and the story line will not be for anyone with a weaker constitution, it shows that James Higgerson is a talented writer, with a bright future ahead of him, and will be a name to look out for.