Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
i tried. i really did. i hate darren so much lmao and zoey seems like a "im not like other girls" type so nahhh. the way he treated his dad coming 0ut was ignorant and stupid. the way he talked about girls was gross and im not here for it !!!!!
adiós to this trash. 3 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I really enjoyed this book overall. Such a unique writing style and it covers some really important themes that is not often seen in YA books. It was humorous without taking away from the main storyline, and had just the right amount of feels. Would definitely recommend. Full review on my blog. ...more
my expectations were very high about this book, but, is very very bad, and i'm sorry for that, but this is trash - with that words.
the pages 're very extensive and the illustrations don't help. This book is a mess.
really this book didn't make sense to me, and the author don't know how write the chapters, is like a children book, and this is not my type of books.
waste of paper.
I really only kept reading this book because it was written in lists and was therefore a quick read. Otherwise, plot, characters, etc were all cliche and overdone. Nothing new here.
*3.5 star rating*
When reading the summary for this one, I'll admit that I never expected for that to happen. By 'that,' I mean the shocker which Darren's dad spilled out at 6 AM with a chocolate donut in his hand. I never even made some sort of prediction or anything like that. Todd Hasak-Lowy presents readers with an unique way to reveal pride and a kind of LGBTQ concept revolving around being a teenager. Me Being ...more
I had extremely high expectations before diving into this book. I had heard that it was told in list format and I was like:
But then while reading I was like:
As you can see, it wasn't as great as I had previously thought. This book was still witty and original but there came a point where everything just dragged on. This book took me a LONG time to finish; try a month. And that was with taking breaks to read other books.
This whole book surrou...more
Ten Second Synopsis:
Darren tries to figure out his life after his dad reveals some unexpected information.
Did you get that? The book is formatted ENTIRELY IN LISTS! As an avid list writer and general fan of lists, that was enough to have me salivating over this tome. Unfortunately, there was one main problem with these lists. If a book is to be composed entirely in list format, I would suggest making those lists reasonably quir ...more
Todd Hasak-Lowy’s YA novel Me Being Me Is Exactly As Insane As You Being You is comprised completely of lists. That’s right, lists. For example: 5 Contributions Darren’s Dad Makes to This Morning’s Co ...more
I am not sure I have ever read such a tedious 600 + pages. This book is told entirely in lists. LISTS! And it is more than 600 pages. I am not sure why anyone ever thought this was a good idea. There is a story here – but what is it? Darren is fifteen and going through some major life changes as his parents reveal the real reason for their divorce, the girl of his dreams disappea ...more
|Around the Year i...: Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You, by Todd Hasak-Lowy||1||17||Sep 25, 2016 11:59AM|
My name is Todd, and I’ve been writing books for about fifteen years. I started writing books for adults, but now I write books for kids and teenagers, too. My most recent book is a middle-grade novel called 33 MINUTES. I’ve also published a short story collection THE TASK OF THIS TRANSLATOR and the novel CAPTIVES. In addition to writing fiction, I teach creative writing. I live in ...more