Writer Rob Strangle Explains Why Ace Cola Sucks
Forced by a substitute English teacher to write a paper defending his controversial position on Ace Cola, ninth grade student Rob Stangle (writing as Rob Strangle) does that and more when he hands off the task to his alter ego, the imaginary author Cliff Stone. Cliff will stop at nothing to get at the truth, barreling headlong toward a confrontation that will shake the foundation of Rob’s world. In this, his debut work, Cliff Stone tears loose on a meta-fictional voyage of discovery into the heart of a strange mystery that Rob doesn’t dare face alone. Writer Rob Strangle Explains Why Ace Cola Sucks is meta-fiction at its strangest and most compelling.
Cliff thinks that Putnam thinks Cliff is pretending not to hear him. Cliff has to go through this confusing rigmarole because he can’t know what Putnam is thinking. It would be a point-of-view violation to write, “Putnam thinks Cliff is pretending not to hear him.” Cliff is not omniscient. Otherwise he would know why Mrs. Kelleher did what she did, and he would have to think about the note he found, and he doesn’t want to.—Cliff Stone