Brandon is a miserable teenager. He doesn’t like his peers and he doesn’t like himself. When we first meet him in 10th grade he is incredibly uncomfortable in his own skin; and while he isn’t exactly a loner he always feels alone. Brandon is starting to suspect that everybody sucks. His head is filled with referential information from years of television, video games, and comic books and, though he realizes this doesn’t make him a great person, he feels it makes him better than the Abercombie and Birkenstock garbed douche bags that define his generation. If only he had the magic red boomerang he could bash their heads in—but alas this is not a fantasy tale. In lieu of assault with fictional weaponry, Brandon slowly finds some kindred spirits in like-minded nerds, a girl that’s willing to tolerate him, and gets to play the geetar in a rocka and rolla band (that doesn’t have a singer). Everything seems to be going his way—but how come he never seems to get a break from the bullshit?
“Ten Years Gone: Pomp and Circumstance” is the first installment in a trilogy of novellas following the protagonist, Brandon, from age fifteen to age twenty five. Pomp and Circumstance covers age fifteen through high school graduation at not-yet-eighteen. It is chocked full of turn of the millennium pop-culture and nerdom references and fast paced comedic dialogue. “Ten Years Gone: Pomp and Circumstance” deals with the trials and milestones that all teenagers encounter with introspective prose, retrospective wit, and an anecdotal narrative tone befitting of an it-sort-of-happened-like-that memoir that never fails to entertain.