Rob (Robert Radkovitz) is a high school senior. Assigned to write an autobiography for his English class, he chooses to create a sound portrait of his life. The story, in play format (more or less), is told through the voices of fifty-two different characters, each with their own striking voice.
You'll hear from Rob's grandmother, his friends, his mother and even his absent father, Lenny. Each voice has a story to tell and you'll find yourself hurrying from one fragment to another, greedy to find out what happens.
Rob's search for his absent father over the airwaves (hence the name "Seek") is one of the driving forces in the book. When Lenny finally calls and they have a conversation, so many things have happened that you wonder "is this it?" You soon see that it isn't. There's more to Rob's life than that.
This would be a great book to read in English class and even better to do performances from. The author's note in the back even has some suggestions for how the book could be performed.
The first few pages of "Seek" had me scratching my head, but after that I found it hard to put down. After you get used to the "soud bite" format, it's easy to enjoy the story of Rob, a high school senior who's spent most of his life searching for his DJ father, who left before Rob was born. The radio is his form of searching, but when Rob angrily decides that there's no longer any point in trying to find a man who seemingly doesn't care about him, he moves on to other interests. In the end, he must find a way to return to the radio while stepping out of his father's shadow.
The only problems I had with "Seek" were that I couldn't figure out the gender of Rob's best friend Zad (who is referred to as both a "her" and a "him" at varying points in the book) and that Fleischman chose to make the statement that baseball announcers "should be male" in his notes for a readers' theater production. Other than that, this was a really fun read and a unique way of writing.