5 Things I Loved About This Book
1. It has such a unique writing style
2. The dialogue is hilarious
3. It covers a topic that is rarely covered in YA books and I really liked that
4. It has great character development throughout
5. It was a very easy read
Do you see what I did there? Do you? If you didn’t know, this book is written entirely in lists. That’s right, lists. I didn’t actually know that going into the book, so when I started reading I was so confused. It took me a while to get used to the writing style, and at first I thought it was really annoying, but it grew on me and by the end I loved it.
Darren is a very likable character. For one thing, he is hilarious. I constantly found myself laughing out loud while reading this. He is also just very relatable in that “I’m a teenager and my life sucks” kind of way which I think nearly everyone can relate to in at least some way or another. I also loved his relationship with his brother, he really looks up to his big brother and that reminded me of my relationship between my sister and myself. Some of the secondary characters were kind fo annoying, but since it was told in lists it wasn’t very overbearing which was great.
The plot was very interesting and not something I had ever read about before. I have heard of books similar to this but I don’t think I’ve heard of anything from this perspective before. It’s also not something that you would think about, and it’s hard to explain without spoiling but if you were to think about this “topic” then you wouldn’t really take into consideration what this book actually conveys. That didn’t make sense but trust me; it’s not something I would have taken into consideration (personally). Apart from the main plot line, I thought at times it dragged on a bit and I found myself skipping over some pages, these were usually the pages which involved really long lists.
There was a little romance in this book, but it didn’t appeal to me that much. I mean, it was good but to me, this book wasn’t about the romance as much as it was about just the feelings of a 15 year old boy who is going through a tough time.
3 Examples From the Book That I Just Had to Mention
1. “3 People Darren Has an Urge to Text but Can’t. So He Just Texts Himself, What the F*ck? Which He First Did, a Little Bit as a Joke around Two Years Ago”
2. “16 Freestanding Messages on Darren’s Phone That Together Add Up to the Closest Thing Darren Has to a Diary” (This one was my favourite)
3. “Zoey, no that we’re anything but tickled to be hosting you this weekend, but I would be interested in hearing what your parents think about any of this. I guess I just want to know when to expect the police to show up”
One thing I will mention is that I read this book as an ePub and I’m not sure if it was just my copy, but the formatting was terrible and very hard to read. So if you were tossing up whether to get this in ePub format or hard copy I would definitely recommend you get the hard copy.
5 Words That Sum up This Book
Rating: 6.5/10 (see my new rating scale)
If you like David Levithan you might like this book
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for providing this book for me. All opinions are my own and have not been swayed becauseof this in anyway whatsoever.
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