Yellow Socks: Confessions of a Non-Don Juan is a fictional novel about a young man slowly growing into adulthood. From relationships with his Paranoid Schizophrenic Mother, oddball friends to emotionally unbalanced women through out his life, the book covers his hardships, successes and everything in between. He bases his self worth on how others feel about him through sexual and loving relationships.
Written in diary or “blog” form the book has a certain flow that peaks the reader’s interest to see what will happen next in his adventures through life, chronicling each detailed relationship with people. Despite its classification as a novel, it can be picked up at any page and each story has a life of it’s own so it can be read in pieces as well.
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By Richard A. Hillen Sr.
Apr 6, 2011
Great read. A real page turner. Pete Jr. had more sex than Peter Sr. had in his early years. I didn't know he had it in him, lucky devil. His next book should be called "Yellow Socks: Don Juan Never Had It So Good".
The following is review of me and my novel in the Philadelphia City Paper from December 16th 2010 titled DIARY OF A MADMAN: Ex-murder junkie Rich Hillen swaps his red crayons for Yellow Socks. by A.D. Amorosi Rich Hillen Jr. knows how to raise hackles. Take his old band, The World Famous Crawlspace Brothers, who in the mid-aughts played crunchy, catchy, shockabilly ditties called "Bundy Beach," "Speck," "BTK," etc. "We sang about serial killers," says Hillen matter-of-factly. "I don't condone murder in any form and looked at what I did as art. Maybe it was distasteful art to some, but it was art." Before that, the Haddonfield native was the man behind The Serial Killer Coloring Book series. Released between 1999 and 2002, the thick-paper comics had a world-weary tone — as if Hemingway or Bukowski had tried to squelch Thomas Harris novels into bite-size bits. Now, the release of his debut novel, Yellow Socks: Confessions of a Non-Don... More > Juan, and a collection of poems, stories and ravings called Dangers of a Confessional Mind, mark the dawn of a new Hillen. New, but not unrecognizable: He's reprinting The Best of the Serial Killer Coloring Book. And Yellow Socks — the diary of a young man dealing with "emotionally unbalanced women" — has some graphic sexual content. Hillen's upfront about it. "At first I was afraid it would come off as sexually gratuitous, but the responses I've received show otherwise." Meanwhile, The Serial Killer Coloring Book, a copy of which was famously purchased by John Waters, is and was more than just Crayola crudeness. "I added activities to the coloring book — like, 'Help John Wayne Gacy find a new place in his crawlspace to bury a body' — plus articles, reviews, interviews, and even recipes and letters from the killers themselves. I even sent my books to, and corresponded with, famous real-life serial killers." "I wondered what made these killers different than you or me," says Hillen about his music and comics days. "It seems like we are all one spanking or one gene away from being a psychopathic murderer. I've been accused of glorifying murder with the coloring books, just as I was with The Crawlspace Brothers." No sooner famous for his morbid exploits, however, Hillen lost interest in murder culture. With a passion for sarcastic rants, Hillen kept on writing. Similarly provocative, but much more personal, Yellow Socks got its start as a piece Hillen wrote about his birth mother's paranoid schizophrenia. Like much of what he does, that piece was born online. "When I started writing stories, blogs and poems online, what appealed to me was that there were no rules. No taboos. No one to please but myself," he laughs. That's the Hillen we know and love — the one who just won't color within the lines. (firstname.lastname@example.org)< Less
Short Review : This book is crazy, and disturbing, and impossible to put down. Buy It! Long Review : Keep in mind, this is me saying this is disturbing. Luckily it is in a very tasteful, enjoyable way. What is very interesting, is that content such as this is usually unleashed embelished and for shock value, and sparingly. Not the case in Yellow Socks. You are bombarded with situation after situation that is drenched in discomfort, yet pleasantly not embarrasing for the reader, and everything is totally plausible,like, actually believable and relatable to the reader. Rich (the author) was able to take these normal interactions, obsessions, and perverted isolated feelings...and bring them to real life rather than an overboard cartoonish portrail. Several mainstream books such as The Average American Male, I Hope they Serve Beer In Hell, seem to go overboard, on purpose, and thats the catch, or the entertainment....I think Yellow Socks covers the mentality but brings a very human... More > character, self awareness, and sympathy to the situations. These tales arent just you looking in, I think the author knows, or has met enough people to pin-point these situations and hit the bullseye telling them in a real world situation. Its not just over dramatized anecodotes some guy tells of his exes at a bar, this is the least proud aspects of anyones psyche...amplified, and undressed of whatever excuse we have for them. A really great part I like of the book, and I could tell future readers to look forward to is the general flow of the book. It covers a part of the life of the main character, and then revisit it in another section as if it never stopped talking about it. Only the author knows if this was on purpose. I see it as a bonus, that you are reminded of previous encounters and experiences, just as in real life conversations, or stream of consciousness, yet not focusing on that one mechanism for delivery. You walk away from this book, and it sticks with you. I'm willing to bet there are not too many books like this that can have that effect.< Less
I couldn't put this down! Such a down-to-earth story, reminding me of so many people. I laughed with Peter. I cried with Peter. Due to the explicit sexual content, I wouldn't recommend it as a Christmas gift for your kid or grandmother, but is a great read for open-minds!
I was lucky enough to get to read a draft of this novel & could not stop until I was finished - the stories just draw you in and keep you from wanting to put it down (or close the computer)...it stirs a range of emotions as you read - from feeling sorry for the character to wondering what the fuck is wrong with this person....you never know what you're going to get when you turn the next page. Looking forward to owning a complete copy =)
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