I’ll admit that when I first heard about this book I had my doubts. It was back in May and CaitliThis review originally posted at More Than Just Magic
I’ll admit that when I first heard about this book I had my doubts. It was back in May and Caitlin Moran had made some comments about her upcoming book, How to Build a Girl, and YA novels as a whole. In an interview with The Bookseller she stated “I think it’s really important which sexy books you read — particularly when you’re a girl… These form your sexual imagination and I wanted to get in there before anyone else and talk about sex.” and then later “You don’t see teenage girls anywhere unless they’re being bitten by vampires so I wanted to write about a funny, weird teenage girl having adventures, particularly sex adventures.”
Of course the idea that there aren’t already authors tackling these issues is completely untrue. There are plenty of authors writing about girls and their sex lives. Courtney Summers, A S King and Emily M Danforth come to mind. And funny weird teenage girls having adventures? That describes a good chunk of the young adult books I’ve read this year.
But then Caitlin Moran’s name kept popping up. And I read more of what she had to say. Not about the book but about feminism and sexuality in general. She is incredibly smart, funny and unapologetic in her opinions. I decided I needed to read How to Build a Girl because there was a very good chance those traits would translate into her writing.
And they did.
How to Build a Girl is a clever, hilarious, daring novel that I simply couldn’t put down. Johanna Morrigan is the kind of protagonist you instantly relate to. She’s funny, awkward and self-conscious. You want her to succeed and you want to laugh at her antics along the way.
True to her word Caitlin Moran has written a book about a funny, weird, teenage girl having adventures – particularly sex adventures. How to Build a Girl is fantastically frank about topics like masturbation, sex and promiscuity. In her quest to become a music journalist, Johanna decides to “fake it” until she “makes it” and creates the persona of Dolly Wilde for herself – a crazy, Goth Lady Sex Adventurer. As Dolly, Johanna is not only able to lose her virginity, she finds the power to seek out sex. Does she always make good choices? No. But do any of us? And because of that I think it will be easy for readers (especially female readers) to find pieces of themselves in Johanna.
How to Build a Girl is as much about music as it is about sexuality. Johanna Morrigan/Dolly Wilde is a music journalist and as such the reader is given a pretty extensive look at the 1990s music scene in England. If you’re a big music fan you’ll easily be transported into the world of music journalism – the gigs, the interviews, the drunken antics. But I liked the emphasis on music for a more…personal reason. I am tired of teen female protagonists who love the Smiths. There are so many other bands than the Smiths. And I don’t even like their music, but every time a character goes on and on about them I have to hear their songs playing in my head. But they only pop up once in passing in How to Build a Girl. Instead bands like the Smashing Pumpkins, Pet Shop Boys and U2 get featured throughout the novel. It was a refreshing change to see some of the bands I loved as a teen get featured instead of the same old, tried and true choices.
But it’s not all sex and rock n’ roll. How to Build a Girl also tackles poverty and the challenges faced by working class families. Johanna lives in British council housing and her family struggles financially. There was one quote in particular that stood out for me:
“When the middle class gets passionate about politics, they’re arguing about their treats – their tax breaks and investments. When the poor get passionate about politics, they’re fighting for their lives.”
The Morrigan family proves just how true that is over and over throughout the novel. And it is an important part of who Johanna is, impacting not only how she views the world but how she exists within it.
How to Build a Girl is a brilliant and insightful coming of age novel that perfectly captures how confusing and difficult it is to find yourself and carve out a place for the person you want to be in the world. It’s funny and poignant and I highly recommend it to all, especially to those of us who were trying to build themselves in the 1990s....more
As the title suggests What We Hide is a book about secrets. Not just about keeping secrets and thThis review originally posted at More Than Just Magic
As the title suggests What We Hide is a book about secrets. Not just about keeping secrets and the dangers of keeping the wrong secrets but also about the motivations behind it. Why do we hide parts of who we are? What makes us distrust those around us?
The story opens on an American girl named Jenny, who has just come over from America with her draft-dodging brother. She’s attending an English boarding school and sees this as an opportunity to reinvent herself. No one knows her at this school she could say anything and they would believe it. This sets the tone for the entire novel. Though it opens on Jenny and her new version of herself this theme is reflected in every other character you meet as well. They all have a way they wish to be perceived and they all mold the truth to try and reflect that.
But in addition to secrets this is a book about perspective. About how the same world can look different depending on who’s looking at it. Even in such a small sampling of the world the reader is treated to the perspectives of eight different students who all see their surroundings in completely different ways. This point is emphasized during a particular discussion between the characters Nico and Jasper.
“Who is telling this story?…The story of the English lesson on Friday morning in a shabby ex-stable that hasn’t had the windows washed in a hundred years. We have-” he looked around- “Sixteen stories in here right? And all of them are true, right? According to the narrators.”
I think this is a great point to keep in mind, not just when you’re reading but in real life as well. You never know what someone else’s story looks like. What’s true to you isn’t always true to others.
I think the most compelling examples of this truth are Robbie and Luke. What We Hide takes place in 1970s in a small town. Being gay and openly dating another guy was absolutely unthinkable. And yet somehow Robbie and Luke found one another and had a real connection. When reading chapters from their perspective the world looks very different from that of Jenny, Nico, Oona or Brenda. (Which is not to say that they all didn’t face their own challenges.) But what made it really interesting was how it looked different from one another. Even though they were keeping the same secret it still affected their perspective differently.
Juggling eight unique perspectives is challenging. Juggling eight perspectives with their own set of secrets and lies is even more so, but Marthe Jocelyn makes it look easy. In under 300 pages she has created a rich and layered world within the walls of Ill Hall. Though there are some characters I could relate to better than others, I wouldn’t be able to pick out a single one I didn’t love reading about. What We Hide has a simple premise but it doesn’t take long to suck you into its complex world....more
Full disclosure – I am not a soccer fan. I played it as a young child like everyone else in my hoThis review originally posted at More Than Just Magic
Full disclosure – I am not a soccer fan. I played it as a young child like everyone else in my hometown but after a certain age I’d say about 80% of us quit (what can I say we’re Canadian). It just wasn’t a thing. Now that I’m older and not athletic in anyway I’ve grown even further apart from soccer. I don’t get into World Cup, I couldn’t tell you the rules and if you put a ball in front of me my attempts to kick it would be laughable.
Why am I telling you this? Because soccer bleeds into every nook and cranny of this novel.
And for the first half of this story this had me a tad worried. It felt like every character Etto came into contact with was obsessed with soccer. And like Etto it made me feel removed from the world Pasulka has built with such incredible detail. I wasn’t invested in the characters because as far as I could tell they only cared about soccer. They were incredibly one dimensional. The only person who didn’t care about soccer was Etto but he was so mopey and despondent I became just as frustrated with him as I did everyone else. But I hung on and kept reading because the writing was good and I thought for sure there had to be more to the book than just a soccer obsessed town and a sullen twenty-something boy.
And I’m so happy I did hang on because at a certain point everything starts falling into place. The spider-web that connects this town starts lining up. Sure it all spirals out of soccer but soccer is just the catalyst. It brings everyone together. San Bendetteo used to be a huge tourist hot spot but times have changed and the local economy has suffered. This makes the people of the town feel lost. I think Pasulka could have written this book about any member(s) of the town and it would have been just as compelling. They’re all going through there own stuff and as you get to know them better you become more and more curious about their stories as well. They go from one dimensional to stealing the show.
Be that as it may, this particular story is about Etto and his father. They are both reeling from the death of Etto’s twin brother (the soccer star of the family) and the suicide of their mother/wife a year later. It’s clear they are both grieving and end up growing more and more distant as they try and deal with it. I had a hard time with Etto’s father. I understood he was in mourning but he was the parent and I thought he was overly harsh with his son. As I mentioned before I also had a bit of a hard time with Etto but I think you’re supposed to at first. He really grows throughout the story – through his secret soccer matches with Urkanian superstar Yuri Fil, to his falling for Zhuki, to his art - he learns a lot about himself and his place in the world throughout the course of the book. He went from being someone who annoyed me to someone I respected.
The Sun and Other Stars may be a difficult sell to non-soccer fans but I think everyone – no matter what your sport -will fall in love with San Bandetteo and the people with in it. It’s a story about community, grief, fathers, sons and finding your place in the world. Despite my initial reservations, I found it quite heart warming and closed the book thoroughly satisfied with the way things turned out. Recommended to fans of Italy, soccer, and coming-of-age stories....more
I’m just going to call it now. This is one of my favourite books this year. It’s like MiddlesThis review was originally posted at More Than Just Magic
I’m just going to call it now. This is one of my favourite books this year. It’s like Middlesex meets The Casual Vacancy – full of touching prose, well crafted characters and an extremely compelling story.
Golden Boy is the story of an intersex teen named Max. Raised as a boy his life is turned on its head when he is sexually assaulted. This book hooks you in right away. I started reading it before bed one night and I was up so late devouring every last page because I needed to know what was going to happen to Max. Golden Boy was an incredibly emotional book. At times it could be hard to read (trigger warning for rape) but it was always honest and realistic.
The unique thing about this book is that it rotates perspectives between a wide variety of characters – people of different ages and genders. Max, his younger brother, his parents, his doctor. It was incredibly fascinating to see how people at different stages of their life cope with the same situation. In a similar vein, Abigail Tarttelin also gives the reader a wide range of medical perspectives. It was interesting to see how different education or societal pressures (or lack there of) influenced people’s opinions and prejudices.
Out of all the different characters however I think I liked Max the best. He is definitely a sympathetic character. It absolutely broke my heart watching him cope with being a victim. We see him go through all the different stages. Guilt, blaming himself for not fighting back more, shame, withdrawl from friends and family. I just wanted to reach into the page and hug him.
I reviewed another intersex novel earlier this week (Pantomime) and I am glad to see they are out there but would still like to see more and to see more people talking about them. These novels are uniquely able to raise questions about gender – particularly what is means to be male/female and how social constructs shape who we are and who we think we should be.
Recommendation: Though Golden Boy is not technically a YA novel I do think it is a book with massive cross over appeal. It’s an inspiring and heart breaking story for fans of literary fiction and those who like to questions society’s expectations....more
Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell’s earlier novel, broke my heart. But Fangirl patched it up againThis review originally posted at More Than Just Magic
Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell’s earlier novel, broke my heart. But Fangirl patched it up again and made me smile.
I am a child of the Harry Potter fandom. Midnight book releases, movie opening nights, the whole deal. And since it’s been over no other fandoms have quite filled that gap. Thankfully the Harry Potter community is alive and well – we’re not going anywhere anytime soon. Rainbow Rowell is a part of the community and as a result she has provided us with a book that perfectly sums up how we all must feel in the wake of such an amazing series. If for no other reason, you should read this book for nostalgia it will make you feel.
That, however, is not the only reason to read Fangirl. There’s also an incredibly charming and irresistible love story. I would love for Levi to be real. He’s just so sweet and adorable. And brings coffee. But more than that, I loved that for Levi and Cath it wasn’t love at first sight. No insta love here. Cass had room to grow as herself before she got involved with anyone. Rowell gives Cath room to tackle her own issues independently, and she comes out a stronger character because of it. I also liked that Levi didn’t try to change Cass (and vice versa). They liked the other person as is and that mutual respect brought out the best kind of relationship.
Fangirl isn’t all love story, though. It also deals with family. Cass has a complicated relationship with all the members of her family. With Wren, her twin sister, she’s trying to balance what’s comfortable and Wren’s desire to be her own person (instead of one half of a set of twins). And then there’s her father, who she looks after as much as he looks after her, and a mother who has suddenly resurfaced years after she first walked away from them. Cath’s home life is a difficult one but that doesn’t necessarily mean it was an unhappy one. I appreciated that Rowell illustrated the shades of grey that exist among families.
Since this takes place during Cath’s freshman year of college this fits into the “New Adult” category. And this kind of book is what I wanted since the term first started floating around. It deals with issues unique to setting out on your own for the first time, but it also has universal elements that would make it an enjoyable read for almost any age. (Be prepared to explain fanfiction to some less internet-obsessed people though)...more
I was not the target audience for this book by any means. And as a result I had a hard time withThis review originally posted at More Than Just Magic
I was not the target audience for this book by any means. And as a result I had a hard time with it. I didn’t feel like I could relate to Sam or his experience with “the girls.” However, that being said, I do think this is an incredibly interesting and thought provoking novel. There aren’t a lot of Young Adult novels (at least not a lot that I’ve come into contact with) that deal with issues of male sexuality. But Bennett Madison has written one. I think this book tackles a number of issues that teenage boys may encounter – peer pressure, falling in love for the first time etc. And though at times I was really put off by some of Sam’s thoughts/opinions, he really grows throughout his summer on the beach and that kind of character development is something I can respect as well. I think there is a very real audience that could use this book, I’m just not a part of it.
*side note: I also think that to reach that audience this book may need a different cover. I don’t know too many teen boys who would be confident enough to carry this particular edition around in public....more
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is the story of two unique, but totallyThis review originally posted at More Than Just Magic
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is the story of two unique, but totally relatable boys. Ari. A quiet, average Mexican-American boy. His older brother is in jail and he feels the weight of the pressure from his parents to be a “good boy.” He’s reserved and isn’t a big sharer. Except when it comes to his best friend, Dante. Dante on the other hand is full of life and full of questions. Always asking why and trying to learn everything he can. Fiercely loyal and guided by his emotions. You wouldn’t think they would be friends. But they compliment each other so well!
This is a fantastic book about the power of friendship. Both boys challenge each other. Because they have different personalities and home lives they force each other to look at the world in different ways and take risks they otherwise wouldn’t. And I really appreciated that it wasn’t always easy to be friends with one another. Every friendship is going to have its ups and downs no matter how close you are. Ari and Dante have to work at maintaining their friendship but in the end I think it’s worth it. They end up better people – and better friends – on the other side.
It’s not just the friendship that makes this story special, but the role of family as well. Both Ari and Dante have strong relationships with both of their parents – though very distinctive relationships. I really liked that you could feel the love in both households. So many YA books have absent parents or neglectful parents so it was nice to see more positive familial relationships. And it was nice to see different representations of how families might interact with one another (Dante’s more affection family vs Ari’s more quiet household).
Esentially this book is about two boys in that time of life between being children and men. They’re having a bit of identity crisis, gaining more responsibility as the book goes on, but not always able to cope effectively with these changes. A lot of this books raises questions of identity. Their age. Their sexual orientation. Their ethnicity. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a story of coming to terms with yourself and embracing love in all its forms. It’s an absolutely beautiful book with simple but touching prose. If you’re like me and you like to mark/sticky note your favourite passages make sure you have lots of Post-Its ready when you start reading. Some noteable examples:
“Words were different when they lived inside of you.”
“Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.”
“And it seemed to me that Dante’s face was a map of the world. A world without any darkness.”
Recommendation: I highly recommend this book to all readers. Young and old alike. Beautiful prose, fantastic characters, universal themes. What’s not to love?...more
This book came out last year and I can’t believe it flew under my radar for so long. It’s bold anThis review originally posted at More Than Just Magic
This book came out last year and I can’t believe it flew under my radar for so long. It’s bold and beautiful and heart-wrenching and I absolutely loved every minute of it. Honestly, it oozed amazing out of every page.
Did you ever feel like a book was written just for you? Like all it’s themes and ideas had been plucked right from your head? Because that’s what I felt the entire time I was reading Kiss the Morning Star.
There are four main reasons why you should read this novel.
1) Road Trip. I know a lot of people love road trip novels. Myself included. Kat and Anna set out on the road with a vague idea of where they’re going and what they what to accomplish. They discover so much about themselves and each other on the way. I always wish I had taken a trip like this when I was younger. Maybe one day…
2) Jack Kerouac. I can’t say I’m a huge Kerouac fan (my own copy of On the Road is still lying unread on my bookshelf) but I have enjoyed what little I have read from him and the other Beats. The girls set off on this road trip with only a copy of Dharma Bums as their guide. I think this would be an amazing and liberating experience. And I think that Elissa Janine Hoole did a fabulous job blending in some of his philosophy with the journey of Anna and Kat. It never felt over the top or in your face. And it added an extra layer to the novel that gave it a more literary feel.
3) Religion/Belief. Anna’s father is a minister, so religion – specifically belief in a Christian God – has always been a part of her life. But when her mother dies that belief is shaken. Really shaken. She once found it easy to strike up a conversation with God. Now she’s not sure if he’s/she’s even there. As part of their voyage Anna and Kat make of list of different places one might find God – nature, sex, love, drugs etc. And then they start looking. This leads to some really, interesting theological conversations. I think this element of the novel will appeal to anyone who is or has ever questioned their faith.
“It would not be fair to say that the fire stole my faith, since in truth it has been slipping away from me all my life, flipping between my fingers like a shiny little minnow–such a far cry from the trophy salmon that dangled from my father’s fist.”
4) Loss of a Parent. This is where this novel really hit home for me. Anna is suffering from the semi-recent loss of her mother. And I was about Anna’s age when I lost my father. The circumstances were different and I didn’t experience everything Anna did. But the grief? The sense of anger and guilt and numbness all rolled into one? I found that dead on. Kiss the Morning Star is a very raw, emotional read.
Recommendation: Kiss the Morning Star is a smart, funny, thoughtful and heart breaking literary novel. It’s everything I want in a contemporary story and I need to get my own copy ASAP so I can read it again. That being said however, I don’t think it will be for everyone. Those who don’t care for religious elements in their reading (even if those elements consist of someone questioning their faith) may want to keep this one off their to-read list....more
A compelling tale of a a boy just trying to be himself. Funny, intelligent and just the right amount of insightful. An enjoyable novel that rejoices tA compelling tale of a a boy just trying to be himself. Funny, intelligent and just the right amount of insightful. An enjoyable novel that rejoices the differences that makes us unique....more
The Borrower was a beautiful and touching story. I was shocked by how much it got to me - especially considering it was a book I picked up on a whim bThe Borrower was a beautiful and touching story. I was shocked by how much it got to me - especially considering it was a book I picked up on a whim because I liked the cover. The characters are all strong, the dialogue is perfect and the pacing moves along in a way that makes the minutes (because this was an audiobook) fly by. I espeically loved the way each chapter ended with a variation on a traditional children's story (ex: Goodnight Moon, choose your own Adventure, Dr Seuss etc)
Notes on the audio: A great audiobook production. Narration was smooth yet exciting and kept you engage. Highly recommended. ...more
Until a few weeks ago I had never heard of 40 Things I Want to Tell You or Alice Kuipers. Once it wasOriginally reviewed at Christa's Hooked on Books
Until a few weeks ago I had never heard of 40 Things I Want to Tell You or Alice Kuipers. Once it was put in my radar, however its gorgeous cover and intriguing synopsis were more than enough to bump it to the top of my to-read pile.
40 Things I Want to Tell You is a fairly straightforward contemporary novel but with a really interesting and fun narrative style. Amy (or Bird) is a blogger who offers advice to teens who write in. A mixture of blog posts and her “top tips” fill the novel and provide a refreshing way of moving the story along. The advice she gives often reflects her situation in that particular chapter, so it also have the added advantage of allowing Bird to thoroughly reflect on the obstacles she's faced with.
One thing I really appreciated about this novel, is that it doesn't shy away from talking about real issues and it doesn't sugar coat them for teen readers. From teen sex, to pregnancy, to abortion and much more, all cards are on the table in this novel. Bird (and many of the other characters in this novel) are faced with some difficult decisions and their are significant consequences to their actions. I really respected how honest this story was.
I was, however, a little disappointed with the ending. It felt very rushed and I couldn't quite make the leap regarding Bird's final few choices. Maybe it was just me but it really didn't make any sense. I also had some issues with Griffin and Pete but I can't get into those without getting into spoiler territory. All I'm going to say is there action just seem a little off at the end of the book. All and all 40 Things I Want to Tell You, is an captivating and hard hitting read, that contemporary fans are sure to enjoy....more
There's a lot of interesting things explored in this book and I appreciated how frank Kody Keplinger regarding teens and sex.
However, I ultimately foThere's a lot of interesting things explored in this book and I appreciated how frank Kody Keplinger regarding teens and sex.
However, I ultimately found the characters a bit too much. I really don't think these teens were given enough credit. I honestly believe most teens are smarter than the characters in this book. And the dialogue would often make me cringe.
The exception to this was Chloe. I found her funny and refreshing. There was something very honest about her and I think I connected with her the best. I'm not saying every teen (or even a lot of teens) are like her but she was the one character that felt very real to me.
All in all not a horrible book but not fantastic either. If you're already a big fan of YA contemporary than I say go for it, but if it's not a genre you usually partake in I would pass on it. ...more
Before Northstar proposed to his boyfriend and before DC Comics brought us a gay Green Lantern, there was Thom CreOriginally posted at Hooked on Books
Before Northstar proposed to his boyfriend and before DC Comics brought us a gay Green Lantern, there was Thom Creed. Back in 2007, Perry Moore realized there was a significant lack of gay characters in the superhero genre. And I for one am so glad he did. I have a special weakness for the superhero genre. There's just something so appealing to all these regular people, doning masks and costumes and becoming extraordinary. I also think this is the perfect genre to explore issues that face GLBTQ teens.
Thom Creed is an amazing protagonist. I really liked that this book was told in the first person, because we, as readers, really got to experience the inner turmoil going on in his head. There were so mnay obstacles for this boy to face - his father's public shunning, his new found powers, his struggling to be accepted as part of a team. And on top of all of that he's struggling with his sexual identity in a town that may be ok with superheroes, but not with boys who like boys. I found Thom really easy to relate to and I really enjoyed watching him grow as a character.
Too be fair this book is a little pulpy and over the top but that's part of what made it fun. If you think about it this is pretty typical of the superhero genre and I'm glad Perry Moore didn't break from that convention. I think had he tried to make this book more serious or realistic, it would have seemed forced. Instead you could sit back and enjoy the story, and not feel overwhelmed by the message it was trying to get across.
Finally, I really enjoyed how much emphasis Hero put on the Father-son relationship. I don't think enough YA books consider the parents, much less spend so much time dealing with how the relationship changes and adapts when you're young. The relationship between Hal and Thom in Hero was realistic, not overly simplistic and faced real challenges. Super powers aside I think a lot of kids, who are afraid of coming out to their parents can related to what Thom and Hal are going through.
A fun and unique novel, which adds an extra needed something to the superhero genre.
Final recommendation: A fun read with some really strong and important mesages. Recommended for teens and adults alike....more
I love when I get wowed by Canadian fiction, especially Canadian fiction froOriginally reviewed at Christa's Hooked on Books Christa's Hooked on Books
I love when I get wowed by Canadian fiction, especially Canadian fiction from an indie press. There is some great stuff out there folks! Don't let it pass you by!
To be quiet honest for the first quarter I had hard time really getting into this story. This is partially because the opening is a bit slow, but it was probably of combination of things, including that I started this book right in the middle of NaNoWriMo. Don't do that to this book people, it deserves your full attention. Once NaNo was over and I could devote my full attention to this book I realized how beautiful and complex it really was.
Maya is an amazing character. It's going to sound weird but she's incredibly strong, but at the same time incredibly vulnerable. She is for the most part alone, forced to fend for herself and deal with all the problems life throws her way. But she's a survivor. She keeps pushing through even though it would be much easier to lie down and give up. I completely admire her. I couldn't imagine being in her situation. Her dad sucks, her mom's dead, she has little to no friends, and she can hear people's thoughts. I don't think I would handle all that nearly as well as she does.
Girl in Shades is a whirlwind of a coming of age story. It follows Maya through challenge after challenge but never feels overdone or cheesy. In a sea of coming of age stories, it also manages to feel fresh and original. It has twists and turns that surprised and impressed me. Allison Baggio has told an incredible and layered story and I can't wait to see what she writes next....more
Since Audiobook Week is falling during YA Pride I thought I would combine the events and do an audio review of theOriginally posted at Hooked on Books
Since Audiobook Week is falling during YA Pride I thought I would combine the events and do an audio review of the audio of Will Grayson Will Grayson!
This is a story with some of the most perfectly imagined characters. Both of the Will Grayson’s are just looking for something and simultaneously trying to find themselves. The emotion from both characters felt incredibly raw and real. I loved both of them – but if I had to choose I think the second Will Grayson is my favourite. I just found him the easiest relate to. That being said, I think the first Will Grayson (the one that goes to school with Tiny Cooper) does the most growing as a character. They’re both amazing characters to read about in their own way. Even the secondary characters are fabulous. I’ve never loved a character like I’ve loved Tiny Cooper – he’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face. If I ever met him in real life, I would hug him.
I’m always wary of books with multiple points of view, but in Will Grayson Will Grayson it is perfectly done. Levithan and Green have such distinct voices but they complement each other wonderfully. Co-authored by John Green and David Levithan I knew this book would be sweet and touching but I didn’t expect it to be so funny. Like laugh out loud funny. If you think you get weird looks when you laugh out loud in public while reading, imagine the looks you get if you do it while listening to an audiobook. But you’ll be so wrapped up in the story, you won’t care.
Notes on the Audio This is an amazing book and is now one of my all-time favourites. The narrators are all so vibrant and lively. They really become the characters. Part of this story involves the production of the school musical, written by the fabulous Tiny Cooper. Some of the lyrics for this musical are actually written out in the book, and the narrators actually sing them. Having “The Summer of Gay” sang to me was definitely a noteworthy audio experience.
Final Recommendation: A beautiful and touching story that makes you laugh even when it’s sad. Whether in print or audio this is a captivating novel and one that I can’t recommend enough....more