Freaked by J.T. Dutton chronicles the long, strange trip of one Grateful Dead fan bent on getting from his private prep school in Connecticut to a concert in New Jersey. The Dead Head narrator’s voice is a distinctively strange blend of passion, insecurity, cynicism, irreverence, and naivete that propels the story forward into the next peculiar encounter or occurrence. Dutton’s prose is infused with enthusiasm and filled with phrases so fresh I wish I’d thought of them. Ultimately, the payoff is a bit bizarre and somewhat disappointing, but sometimes it’s the journey that’s more important than the destination.

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