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Review: Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You

Todd Hasak-Lowy - Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being YouTitle: Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You

Author: Todd Hasak-Lowy


Pages: 656

ISBN: 978-1-4424-9573-9

Genre: Teen Fiction

Short Book Description:

A heartfelt, humorous story of a teen boy’s impulsive road trip after the shock of his lifetime—told entirely in lists!

Darren hasn’t had an easy year.

There was his parents’ divorce, which just so happened to come at the same time his older brother Nate left for college and his longtime best friend moved away. And of course there’s the whole not having a girlfriend thing.

Then one Thursday morning Darren’s dad shows up at his house at 6 a.m. with a glazed chocolate doughnut and a revelation that turns Darren’s world inside out. In full freakout mode, Darren, in a totally un-Darren move, ditches school to go visit Nate. Barely twenty-four hours at Nate’s school makes everything much better or much worse—Darren has no idea. It might somehow be both. All he knows for sure is that in addition to trying to figure out why none of his family members are who they used to be, he’s now obsessed with a strangely amazing girl who showed up out of nowhere but then totally disappeared.

Told entirely in lists, Todd Hasak-Lowy’s debut YA novel perfectly captures why having anything to do with anyone, including yourself, is:

1. painful
2. unavoidable
3. ridiculously complicated
4. possibly, hopefully the right thing after all.

My Thoughts:

Sad to say I was really disappointed by this book. It was totally not what I expected it to be. Maybe it was because I got an ARC instead of the published version. All I can say is that I couldn’t make heads or tails of it.

Firstly there are no chapters, paragraphs, or even any story plots in the book. Secondly there are pages with notes, lists, and train of thought on where the story is supposed to go. There was no story to read that I could make out of it.

I was actually looking forward to reading as the description of the book sounded really promising and like a good read. I’ll probably purchase the e-book when it comes out, but I’m not making any promises since this book was such a letdown.

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Review: Trading Secrets

Melody Carlson - Trading SecretsTitle: Trading Secrets

Author: Melody Carlson


Pages: 288

ISBN: 978-0-8007-2227-2

Genre: TNGN, Teen Fiction

Short Book Description:

The truth may set you free–but it might also land you in some uncomfortably hot water.

Over the years, Micah Knight has exchanged many letters–and many secrets–with her longtime Amish pen pal, Zach. But Micah’s kept quiet on the biggest secret of all–the fact that despite her name, she’s a girl.

Now Micah finally has the chance to meet her pen pal face-to-face. She wants nothing more than to experience life on Zach’s Amish farm, but she’s more than a little anxious. Will he be angry at her for deceiving him all these years? And will she risk losing his friendship to find something more?

My Thoughts:

It took me about 2 hours to read this book from start to finish, that’s how captivating it was. I haven’t finished a book that quickly in a long time.

Although about the Amish, it wasn’t really about them, if that makes any sense. It’s based on the friendship between an English girl and Amish boy. I found the book really humorous as well as inspirational. It had the perfect amount of ‘deepness’ to it and was balanced with lightness.

Having read a number of Melody’s works, but never any of her Amish ones, I was really looking forward to this one. I was not disappointed at all. I have decided to get the rest of her Amish books.

This was well written and plotted. I haven’t read a story like this one before and I’m happy to say that this one is going to sit on my shelf for a very long time. The only thing that I didn’t like was the ending. I really hope that there will be news about sequel as the book ending a bit abruptly for me.

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