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Selected as 2011 White Ravens Title "If you think life makes sense, do not read this book." It's this credo that sixteen-year-old Joe Campbell lives by. You see, his birth parents were killed in a car accident, and four years later he's still trying to work his way past that loss. His new parents are as supportive and loving as he could wish. But Joe is still trying to fig...more
ebook, 196 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Red Deer Press
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Audrey (holes In My brain)
full review on my blog, holes In My brain

RANDOM is a novel narrated completely (and I somehow compare it to 13 REASONS WHY) through "digital diary entries", basically Joe is recording his thoughts, ideas, story etc. on a digital recorder. Because of this style, the tone of the novel is different and really feels like a one-sided conversation/expression of thoughts as opposed to something traditional.

What I really liked about this 'format' (if you can call it that) is how well the writing flowed...more
Homie G
Would you like to read a book about a kid that goes four years being depressed? Well this book has a main character name Joey. His Best friends are named Gloria and Dean. I chose this book mainly because I would rather read small books than try and read a large book. This book is called Random, but has nothing to do with random things.
This book starts off with Joey talking into a digital recorder. He starts to talk about how his parents have died and how his teacher unintentionally saved...more
One of the best novels I've read this year.
When he was a studious 12-year-old, Joseph Campbell had the unspeakable misfortune of losing both parents in a car crash. He avoided this trip to the movies with mom and dad, by staying home to do homework. Of course he blames himself and retreats from the world.
In the aftermath, he was much more fortunate -- he had a good lawyer and a wonderful couple who adopted him. Still, his world-view ws essentially nihilistic.
But now, at the ripe age of 16, he'...more
"I am on chapter five and I am so bored... There's a lot of repeating and talking in circles. So far, not liking this book. (03/31/14 - 3:19am)"

It was weird. Not something I will read again. I did not like that it was all over place and he repeated too much...
Miss Kitty
I loved this book! It's a nice blend of rambling, stream-of-conscious fun with occasional mini-lecture interludes on stuff like Greek philosophy and physics and, of all things, vitamins. I feel smarter from having read it. Plus, it deals with two of my recent obsessions - grief and depression and the way they manifest themselves differently in different people. It has one of THE BEST descriptions of depression I've ever read. I'm sad that most people won't read it, most likely because it's a YA...more
I'm not really sure what I was expecting when I started reading this book, but it definitely wasn't what I got. I absolutely loved this book and had a difficult time putting it down. The story is not so much a story as just a stream of consciousness in which the main character Joe Campbell talks about his life and thoughts. It was all very interesting and I loved reading the random facts thrown in throughout the story. I learned a lot more than I expected to reading this book. This was an excell...more
I liked this book. I read it with a purpose -how would this fit into my Middle School library - but ended up liking it quite a bit. There's nothing in this book that couldn't fit into my school, but I did find that the character's almost schizophrenic musings sometimes difficult to follow. His thoughts and actions were perfectly normal for his age group and for his circumstances, but something about the story was difficult to engage with. A good read though, and I'll be looking out for more by t...more
Melanie Fishbane
Enjoyed this book a lot. It reminds me a lot of Perks of Being a Wallflower. Through Joey, Gloria and Dean, Choyce explores the complex questions that we all have about the meaning of it all, why good things seem to happen to bad people and what we can do to find balance in the darkness.
It was actually a really good book. Had you contemplating life and stuff.
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Lesley Choyce is a novelist and poet living at Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia. He is the author of more than 80 books for adults, teens and children. He teaches in the English Department and Transition Year Program at Dalhousie University. He is a year-round surfer and founding member of the 1990s spoken word rock band, The SurfPoets. Choyce also runs Pottersfield Press, a small literary publishi...more
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