The first three chapters of 50 Cent's young adult novel about bullying written from the perspective of the bully are here, via EW. After perusing the 15 pages of text (War and Peace, this is not), we can report that Playground, subtitled, "The mostly true story of a former bully," hits all the classic notes: Its protagonist is the product of divorced parents, he's fat enough to earn the nickname "Butterball," and he's recently relocated from the city to suburbs. (Was Fiddy a pudgy kid? Maybe that's where the "mostly true" part comes in.)
Young adult novels aren't known for their subtlety, so it's tough to judge Playground as a Great Work of American Literature, but so far, it's pretty darn good! A few observations:
There's profanity in here!
Chapter 2 begins, "I know Liz had already conferred with the school principal and my mom and all that s---," and a few more s-bombs arrive in the subsequent handful of pages. Is this a more realistic take on how kids really talk to each other?