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Teenager loner in a chat room tangled up in guile and guilability : a review

Hadley, Bree J. (2010) Teenager loner in a chat room tangled up in guile and guilability : a review. The Australian, 26(Jul).

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Abstract

ADAM Cass's I Love You, Bro is an engaging portrayal of just how far some young people can go in constructing fantasy worlds online.

The play is, according to Cass, based on the case of two teenage boys in Britain in the early 2000s.

Troubled teen Johnny lives at home with his mother and her new partner. Lurking in an online chat room one day, he strikes up a conversation with MarkyMark, a slightly older soccer-playing boy from the popular crowd in his own local town, who mistakes him for a girl.

The plot unfolds from this one moment of mistaken identity.

Johnny concocts an increasingly tenuous series of characters, plot twists and intrigues to try to maintain his relationship with MarkyMark and deal with the lie at the heart of his first love, eventually conspiring - as he tells us from the first moment - to cause his own murder.

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ID Code: 39919
Item Type: Review
Keywords: Adam Cass, I Love You Bro
ISSN: 1038-8761
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Drama Theatre and Performance Studies (190404)
Divisions: Current > Schools > Drama
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright News Limited 2010
Deposited On: 07 Feb 2011 09:16
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2011 00:53

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