Author: Todd Hasak-Lowy
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:
3. ridiculously complicated
4. possibly, hopefully the right thing after all.
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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