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Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You

3.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,719 Ratings  ·  417 Reviews
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.

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Hardcover, 656 pages
Published March 24th 2015 by Simon Pulse
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Mindy Walski I enjoyed this book. I am a high school librarian and I am recommending it to one of my teachers to put on her list of books that students can read.…moreI enjoyed this book. I am a high school librarian and I am recommending it to one of my teachers to put on her list of books that students can read. Students can easily relate with Darren because he is struggling through issues that a lot of students are also struggling with - parents divorcing, sibling going away to college and feeling like you are all alone. I would put the age on this more around 16+ - there is some pretty descriptive making out that goes on in the book and I wouldn't want my 12 year old reading about it.(less)

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Lola  Reviewer
Feb 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
I decided to DNF this book when I realised how I had read 150 pages… that could have been shorten to 15. Really.

I was waiting for the moment when Darren was going to visit his brother, Nate, at his college with his father. So I waited… and waited… and waited some more, but the moment never came and I unfortunately ran out of patience and interest for the book.

It’s actually not a ‘‘bad’’ book. Honestly speaking, I quite liked the main character and every other character in the story interacting w
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C.G. Drews
I expected BIG THINGS from this book because it's written in lists. I love lists! I ADORE LISTS. I write lists all the time and blog nearly completely in lists. So I was kind of disappointed when, apart from the list-thing, this book was as a) cliche, b) average, c) devoid of plot, and d) quite boring. But lemme give you a full review -- IN LIST FORM OBVIOUSLY -- so I can explain all the things.

1. So yes, it is 100% lists. But there's dialogue, and there's paragraphs.
2. In amongst the lists th
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Sierra
Mar 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 43%
Rating - 0.25 stars
I tried. I honestly tried. Two people told me this book was really bad and at first I thought that it was okay until I got to certain page and I just couldn't read anymore. It physically hurt to read this book.
I hate dnfing books but sadly I have to do it to this one.
This is the one and only book that had made me want to gag in the middle of class. I don't even know what it was but I'm not going finish reading it because I rather not have the urge to gag again while
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adam (booksss.0k)
May 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nope
.25/5
You know what, I've "finished" reading this. IT. IS. DREADFUL. Ugh. My mind can't handle the complete terribleness that exists within the pages of this book. I made it to page 359 and stopped. I waited for it to make an impression on me. The concept was unique enough, but I have had enough. ENOUGH.
Jacob McCabe
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
A+ idea, C- execution

The main problem was that there were too many lists that had nothing to do with the story. Only one or two developments in the story were actually interesting. 80% of the book was exposition, telling random stuff about the characters' pasts that were mostly not entertaining or funny.

Also, the romance in the story was kind of horrible. The girl was completely flat and made no sense, and the main character idolized her strange behavior and built her up so much in his mind in
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Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You is a story told entirely in lists. Lists about Darren's family, his thought processes, the music he plays, the lunch that he eats, what he tells his therapist...you get the idea. For those of you who love to digest everything in neat, categorical, bite-sized lists, this book would be for you. But for those of you who want to just get to the point of it all, without being told
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Fari
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, arc-physical
So, I know a lot of people in their review list the things that they liked and the things that they didn't like. I've never really done that type of thing but since this book is told entirely in lists (!!!) I thought it'd be awesome to do the review in lists as well!

Things I thought were uber awesome!
-Ze title! I know it's a mouthful but I really like it!!
-Ze Writing Style! Lists. Every single thing is in lists. Like, I can't fathom how this was told entirely in lists! How did he manage it? A
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Macarena Yannelli
Intenté retomarlo y no puedo. Leí 3/4 del libro y no quiero seguir.
El concepto del libro me parece muy bueno, pero no puedo conectar con los personajes ni la historia. Me encanta el tema principal del libro, pero ya no puedo.
Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
I loved the concept of a story told entirely in list format, but I'd say 1/4 of the lists were pointless, and it felt a bit too...whiney? Darren's dad comes out as gay and he doesn't deal with it very well, and meanwhile he's falling in love with a girl called Zoey, who he's known all of two days. I can't believe I read over 600 pages, and didn't feel like I got a story out of it. Hm.
Chester Dean


Darren es un adolescente normal de quince años que está pasando por la etapa en la que tener novia y perder la virginidad es lo más importante en la vida. Sus padres se divorciaron y pronto Darren se enterará porqué y eso lo dejará con mil preguntas, emociones, frustraciones que nosotros como lectores podremos percibir por medio de unas interminables listas.

El formato del libro se me hizo bastante original, el problema es que la trama es un poco plana. No me mal interpreten, llega a ser ent
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Kristin
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, juv-ya
5 reasons why it may or may not be a good idea to write (or read) a novel composed entirely of lists:

1. For the sheer novelty of it.

2. Because, amidst the sheer volume of young-adult literature being produced these days, it is a creative use of form that might make a book stand out (much like Jeff Kinney's blending of cartoon and novel in his Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (and in the million copycat series spawned by DoaWK))

3. It can, at times, be a downright clever way to tell a story.

4. It can,
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Cristina  Ramírez
Un libro ameno, divertido y bastante peculiar, porque toda la novela está escrita en forma de listas.
¿Curioso, no?
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
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Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You is a storyline made entirely of lists, in which Darren seems to find solace as a coping mechanism. The ass has just fallen out of his world, he's depressed, latches onto girls hoping for a girlfriend and dreams of his own band, I suspect in the hope to find said girlfriend. His mother would rather throw herself into her work than spend time with her family, and his divorced father has just dropped a doozy o
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Princolitas
Feb 07, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Al fin pude terminarlo, este libro fue un gran reto en muchos sentidos para mí, mi primer libro grande en inglés, esto hizo que me costará avanzar, obviamente por todas aquellas palabras nuevas para mí, pero al mismo tiempo me sentí muy orgullosa de haberlo logrado y aprendí mucho. Otro aspecto que hizo que me costará avanzar fue que este libro trata más acerca del desarrollo y descripción de personajes que del seguimiento de una trama, por lo tanto había ocasiones que el libro se tornaba ab ...more
Nara
While the concept of writing an entire book in list form sounds good in theory, unfortunately the execution of it wasn't the best. I just feel like a lot of the chapters were completely redundant, both in terms of not adding any information about the plot, and also not really doing anything in terms of entertainment. I'm not going to lie, I skipped reading some of the lists e.g. a list of all the band members in Darren's high school jazz band (I mean, really, a list of 10+ names isn't going to b ...more
Flor Méndez
Gracias a V&R Editoras por el ejemplar

Exijamos más libros con ideas innovadoras como este. Pero también exijamos protagonistas con menos hormonas.
Nati Delgado
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
Esperaba más de este libro, creo que tenía una idea muy buena pero que no fue bien ejecutada. Siento que cambiaba tanto de tema que no sabría decir bien de que se trata, lo más rescatable de este libro es la forma en la que estaba escrito, la cual me pareció muy original y te mantenía enganchado.
JosueCimarrron
Sep 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
La peor decepción del año,si te llama la atención este libro no lo leas por favor.
Hollie
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
3 Perfectly valid reasons why you should read Me Being Me:

1) The Format
It’s written in list form, which I absolutely loved. (And obviously inspired the style of this review!) It made reading Me Being Me such a breeze, and made it super easy to slip in and out of the book, although I found myself struggling to put the book down with the promise of “just one more list” all too alluring! The lists are a nice mixture of short and sweet and chunkier points, and these really helped with the pacing of
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Pat
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Dear Mr. Hasak-Lowy,

As much fun as it was to read a novel in lists (which were rather entertainingly titled some of the time), it's kind of disgusting to see another potentially-good-author fall down the pit of What Authors Wrongly Believe Belongs in YA Literature. It's not just your book but I think have finally gotten 150% fed up with this whole all-teenagers-have-sex-and-do-drugs-and-swear-and-are-stupid-in-general thing. Sure, some teenagers have beer parties and get each other pregnant and
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MaggyGray
Musste ich schon auf Grund des Covers haben, und die Idee, einen kompletten Roman in Listenform zu schreiben, hat mich ebenfalls neugierig gemacht.

Alles in allem war das Buch ein interessantes Leseerlebnis, auch wenn manche "Listen" eher eine Art "Wie fülle ich diese Seite" war, als tatsächliche Information, die die Handlung vorantreibt. Überhaupt die Handlung: das Durcheinander eines fast 16jährigen, der erfährt, dass sein Vater schwul ist, sein Bruder die Uni nicht schafft, die Mutter in ihrer
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Jasi
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Leider konnte mich das Buch gar nicht überzeugen. Den zweiten Stern hat es nur bekommen, da ich die Idee mit den Listen so toll fand.
pattthereader
Different style of writing hahahahaha
Claire
Jun 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
I liked the concept of the story being told through lists, but thought it was very poorly executed and not well written.
Karla Ruz
3.5
Leer reseña en mi blog

Ya he leído libros narrados por mensajes de texto y por cartas, así que me pareció una idea original que éste esté escrito por listas.
Temía que debido a esto las descripciones fueron nulas, que no llegara a conectar con los personajes o que no me pudiera adentrar en la historia; sin embargo, el libro si te permite todo esto.

Tenemos a Darren, un chico de 15 años, sus padres se divorciaron y no se pueden ni ver, su hermano con el que se lleva muy bien se fue a la universi
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Ella Zegarra
Aug 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
También en: El Extraño Gato del Cuento

Con un nombre tan largo y curioso, algo así como “Yo siendo yo es igual de loco que tú siendo tú”, era imposible no notar este libro. Solo que no me esperaba lo que leí.

¿Cómo diablos le haces para escribir una historia como ésta? Todo el bendito libro está narrado en… ¡Listas! Primero pensé que era una especie de introducción, solo que las páginas avanzaban y las listas continuaban y continuaban. Listas como “3 Palabras que dije antes de la noticia” o “10 Co
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Charlotte Jones
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having not bought a book for myself for what seems like an age, I felt moving house was a good enough celebration and an opportunity to browse around a brand new Waterstones (at least new to me)! I haven’t been keeping up with Booktube or blogs recently, mostly due to the new job and moving, so I wasn’t sure what I wanted but I knew I wanted it to be something I’d never heard of before. Honestly, I was in that store for an hour before deciding what to get but I saw this cover paired with the con ...more
Beth Bonini
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
15 year-old Darren Jacobs is grappling with:
1) his parents' recent divorce
2) his father's coming out as gay
3) his body image
4) his sexual feelings
5) his confused emotions about at least 2 girls
6) the way that his parents suddenly seem like different people
7) the way that his parents have lives that don't necessarily have him at the center
8) general weirdness

Darren has a lot on his emotional plate, and being a fairly typical 15 year old boy, he is not really emotionally equipped to deal with it a
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Trixie
May 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this book - a story told in lists? I love lists! It's an interesting concept and I applaud Hasak-Lowy for trying this format. Unfortunately, there were many lists that just didn't add to the book and other lists that just went on and on. The book easily could have been half the length! So much potential for the storyline and the format - it just fell short of my expectations. I would suggest it as an interesting read. It probably would be better enjoyed in small chunks - for ...more
Kaylin
Nov 08, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was OK. I liked how the writing style, aka the lists, were original. However as far as actual plot goes, it was fairly boring. I didn't feel connected to any of the characters. I especially disliked Darren's connection with Zoey. It felt way too much like instalove. But as I said at the beginning, this book was OK. Not bad, not amazing. I would recommend giving it a shot if the summary interests you. I think this book could strike a chord in some people. It just wasn't the book for me.
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“we cannot escape the things we must face.” 4 likes
“I know i barely talk and pretty much act like I'm not here, but I'm totally here and have a million things to say, and me being me is exactly as insane as you being you.” 3 likes
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