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Ray Vs the Meaning of Life

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  278 ratings  ·  84 reviews
A book for anyone who secretly loves motivational posters of sunrises and mountaintops.

Grandma’s last will and testament names Ray to inherit the trailer park. It’s a million-dollar estate with one hitch: to prove he’s not as aimless as he seems, Ray must discover the meaning of life by the end of the month. (She left the answer in an envelope.) If he fails, the camp goe
Kindle Edition, 212 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by The Publishing House
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Montzalee Wittmann
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Wow, needs to be a movie!

Ray vs the Meaning of Life is extraordinary!!! What a book! I laughed, I cried, I was totally hooked from the first line, and stayed captivated to the last word! There really is deep soul searching in this book one minute and chaos causing severe giggles the next. Loved this book!
The crying part were happy tears.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Publishing Date: May 2018

Publisher: The Publishing House


Genre: Fiction/Humor

Rating: 4.9/5

Publisher’s Description: Grandma’s last will and testament names Ray to inherit the trailer park. It’s a million-dollar estate with one hitch: to prove he’s not as aimless as he seems, Ray must discover the meaning of life by the end of the month. (She left the answer in an envelope.) If he fails, the camp goes to his estranged family. How does an/>Publisher’s
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My original Ray Vs the Meaning of Life audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

This story pulled me in right from the start when Ray recounts the unfortunate events that led to grandma’s death. Much to the chagrin of the rest of his dysfunctional family, Grandma has stipulated in her last will that Ray will be the sole beneficiary of her substantial inheritance provided he discovers the meaning of life within 30 days. No easy task for a teenager who spends most of his tim
S.L. Dearing
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book I've read by Michael F. Stewart. The first being Counting Wolves, a first person account into the world of a girl with mental illness. I was blown away by that one, so had a pretty high expaectation when I began reading Ray vs The Meaning of Life, I wasn't dissapointed.

Once again, Mr. Stewart shows us what writing in first person present should look like. The words are beautifully chosen, the picture painted and the characters undeniably intriguiing! The one thing Mr. St
Andrea Johnston
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a work that will strike you in your core, make you rethink the entire genre of "coming of age" books, and will make you want to run out, grab a stranger, and shove this book into their hands while screaming, "READ THIS BOOK" and smiling like a maniac.

Yeah. It's one of those works.

But let me start off with telling you why I originally wanted to read this book: it was filed under humor (it isn't), it had an epic cover reminiscent of Monty Python (and that's where the compariso
Ray Vs The Meaning Of Life is the perfect coming of age story mixed with a little philosophy that sits well with the teenage protagonist, and gives enough for the reader to ponder over in a good way.

The main idea of the story really piqued me. Ray’s grandmother has passed away and left behind a will. This will clearly states that her property [a trailer park] worth a million dollars is being passed onward to her grandson, Ray, but on one condition: he should tell the lawyer the meaning of lif
Karen • The Book Return
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*I received this book for free from the Publisher (via YA Books Central) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Ray must figure out the meaning of life in order to be the beneficiary of his late grandmother's will. At stake is the trailer park where he and his whole family live and work. In the process of finding the meaning of life,review.

Lelia Taylor
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Barely into the second chapter, I knew I was in for a real treat and that I was going to love spending time with Ray and his trailer camp neighbors...and, well, Grandma, even if she is dead in very unfortunate circumstances. Grandma may have bitten the dust, so to speak, but she ain't done yet, not by a long shot. Her frozen brain is plugged in and stuffed into a 12-foot fiberglass replica of herself in younger days and she has pl
Lynda Dickson
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 13+
Shelves: young-adult
When his grandma dies, seventeen-year-old Ray blames himself for her death. To make things worse, her will states that Ray stands to inherit everything. However, there is one condition: Ray has one month to discover the meaning of life, or everything goes to his mother. This sparks a family feud, but does Ray even want to spend the rest of his life in a trailer park? Join Ray as he battles a bear, gamers, his family, his customers, a philosopher, his fears, and even an iceberg. Who will emerge v ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ray is a typical teenager just trying to get through high school and find something he enjoys. He spends most of his time playing video games by himself and crushing on a neighbor girl. Then his grandmother dies and everything gets turned upside down. Ray finds himself suddenly responsible for an entire trailer park and all that it entails.

I'm a big fan of coming of age stories and this one does not disappoint. What seventeen year old is ready to discuss the meaning of life? I certai
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I shouldn't have taken this book with me to the doctor's as I kept trying not to laugh in a waiting room with about a dozen patients. Mind you, I failed.

I wasn't guffawing and rolling down on the floor, but I had quite a few chuckles right from the opening of the book. Ray Vs the Meaning of Life starts with the grandma's death, but like everything else in the novel, no matter how heavy, it's presented with humor.

And while this is a funny, short read, the author somehow ma
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
** Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC of this title!**

When Ray's Grandma gets killed by a bear, she leaves her entire trailer park to him in her will -- IF he can figure out the meaning of life in 30 days. Ray, who wants to be a professional gamer and basically lives on Kraft Dinner, doesn't necessarily need to be the park's owner, but if he doesn't figure this out, his mother and sister will inherit - and then sell off - the whole thing, leaving him, his fireworks-loving uncle, and
Lenni Jones
I’m torn between a two star rating and a three star rating here. But trust me when I say that it’s a way better score than what I wanted to give this book at the beginning. The characters were weird, the storyline was confusing, and it definitely wasn’t my usual type of read. For starters, Ray lived in a trailer park and isn’t a female who gets the guy. There WAS romance, but the book wasn’t really centered on it.

Ray annoyed me at the beginning, which is another reason why I wanted t
Bailey Randolph
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was granted an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

After his grandma dies in an extraordinary sequence of events, Ray is named in the will to inherit her estate – the million dollar trailer park him and his family live in. There’s only one catch– Ray only gets the money if he can discover the meaning of life. Oh, and he only has one month to do so.

It’s been a good while since I’ve given a book 5 stars, but this one absolutely dese
Nov 14, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Grandma’s Last Will and Testament names Ray to inherit the trailer park. It’s a million-dollar estate with one hitch: to prove he’s not as aimless as he seems, Ray must discover the meaning of life by the end of the month. (She left the answer in an envelope.) If he fails, the camp goes to his estranged family.

How does anyone find the meaning of life while running a park full of misfit miners, would-be truck racers, and one
Joanie Chevalier
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, hidden-gem
Fantastic coming of age story that will warm your heart and make you laugh, cry and everything in between. Author Stewart tells his story so well that you'll think you're there, in the midst of the RV park sitting next to Ray and being a part of his life. You'll get to know his dysfunctional family and will cheer him on as he searches for the meaning of life. Oh, my, what a life!

I look forward to reading more from this author. He is so talented.
I loved this book! From the very beginning ,where Ray guides us through the curious circumstances of his Grandma's death, to the very last lines, where he describes what his life is life in the aftermath, the whole book is hilarious. The best part is that there's also a lot of deeper meaning intermixed with the most ridiculous things that can only happen in this backwoods, redneck trailer park. The author does an amazing job balancing the hilarity worth deeper moments so you have the moments to ...more
Kimberly Vanderbloom
I received an early copy courtesy of Netgalley.

I read the description and saw the cover and knew I wanted to give this book a try. I’ve been reading the same genre for too long and needed to step outside the box for a bit. Once I started the first chapter I was laughing and knew I was hooked. The author was clever writing the first chapter the way he did because you become hooked. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. Characters are the biggest shining star for a story. I f
Nicole (TheBookWormDrinketh)
Ray is just an ordinary 17 year old. He wants to relax, play his video games (with the DOZENS of people who watch him play), and eat his weight in Kraft Dinner. That is all about to change when his Grandma dies.

“Grandma was rich. She owned Sunny Days RV Park and wasn’t all that pleased about getting old, so she’d arranged for the freezer people to come and freeze her if by chance she kicked it. Grandma always told everyone her Last Will and Testament would be a “doozy .”

Kristine Hall
Audio book review. When this title appeared on my radar, I hesitated to jump on board for a review. I wasn’t sure about the title or the Monty Python-ish cover. Yet, there was something… I thought the premise of Ray Vs the Meaning of Life sounded good, and I was craving a YA book, so I dove in and never came up for air until the book was done. The story, the characters, and the storytelling are all FABULOUS, and the narration is perfection, and I am totally fangirling over this book. This is what a ...more
Lea Wiggins
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ray vs the Meaning of Life
Author: Michael F. Stewart
Narrator: Kevin Clay
Listening Time: 7 hrs. 47 min.

Disclaimer: "This Audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost, in exchange for an unbiased honest review."

I always like to preface any reviews I give with this information.
I am a 68 year old female who has been an avid reader since I was around 10 or 11 years old.
I read primarily for pleasure.
I have a great many
Elena Alvarez Dosil
The blurb of this book sounded felt so different from the mainstream for YA that I immediately became curious. Ray is part of a very dysfunctional and atypical family. They own and live in a caravan park, and his grandmother leaves him the park if he finds the meaning of life within a month.

The story is told in the first person by Ray, and the writing style is indeed the one of a teenager. It's quirky at times and reflexive at others. At the beginning of the story, I felt really anno
Stanley McShane
As many of the other reviewers have mentioned, this literary novel regards an immature high schooler whose claim to fame at 17 years is his legendary prowess with gaming on the internet. He lives in his grandmother's RV park in his own little unit while his mother, sister, and uncle virtually run the park.

Until Grandma is killed by a grizzly, that is ("If the bear's brown, lay down. If it's black, fight back."), and no one is more surprised than Ray when it is he his grandma proposes to leave h
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Ray vs the Meaning of Life, by Michael F Stewart, tackles yet another deep subject with the author’s trademark wit and humour. Ray’s grandma passes away unexpectedly, and left him ownership of her campground. Provided, of course, that he can give the executor of her will the 'correct’ meaning of life before the end of a month. With just thirty days, Ray has his work cut out for him. If he doesn’t succeed, then his mother, uncle, and sister divide everything and he gets nothing.

To aid Ray’s even
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Ray Vs the Meaning of Life opens with seventeen-year-old Ray telling us how his Grandma died by the hands of a bear, yes a bear. When I read Grandma’s death scene it cracked me up I was laughing out loud. It reminded me of that song Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.

In her will Grandma bequeathed Ray her trailer park but she has left one stipulation. Ray must come up with the meaning to life in one month or he gets nothing and the trailer park is then given to his mother and uncle.

Ray doesn't
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ray Vs the Meaning of Life by Michael F. Stewart is a witty, charming tale of self-discovery and the challenges that teenagers face as they grow into the world.

Ray is a seventeen year old kid who lives in his grandmother’s RV park and seems to only care about playing video games and gaining followers. When Ray’s grandmother dies, he is tasked to find the meaning of life in one month in order to inherit his grandmother’s estate including ownership of the park. Stewart develops a great
Sandra Porter
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Due to a series of strange and unfortunate events Grandma dies at the beginning of this book. It's very funny! Grandma's wish is to be cryogenically saved. And there starts the quest by Ray her grandson to find the meaning of life. Quirky as Grandma is in real life, her will stated that Ray has 30 days to find the meaning of life so he can inherit her fortune. Which really irks Ray's Mom and sister, as they are the ones running the trailer park as Ray plays video games. In steps guru Dalen that ...more
Monica Kelly
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to start this review off with the narration, usually, a YA (sort of) Humor & Satire type book narration is a tough and sometimes a little hard to listen to but Kevin Clay ROCKED IT!! All the voices were perfect even the weird characters, so perfect I laughed out loud several times, just visualizing the character. He was a spot on narrator for this book. Whether the character is male or female, young or old, he delivered a perfect read.

The author did a fantastic job putting
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got this book when it was offered on BookBub. I read the "look inside" bit on Amazon, and it caught my attention, and I wanted to read more.

Ray is a 17-year-old boy who lives at a trailer park owned by his grandmother. We only meet Grandma after her demise, but she still plays an important role in the book. To the chagrin of his family, Grandma's will leaves the trailer park to Ray - but only if he can tell the estate's executor the meaning of life, as dictated by Grandma, in 30 da
Melyssa Winchester

Incredibly well written story.
A first for me and this author, but definitely not my last read to be certain.
This is coming of age fiction at its finest. What is also has, is humorous elements, emotional elements and a cast of characters that with their own unique personalities feel as though they're people you as the reader would know in every day life.
Especially the coo-coo bananas Grandma that was honestly pretty darn awesome to be honest. Even with her short period of time within the story
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Michael F. Stewart embraces all forms of storytelling. In 2009, he created Bully For You for Scholastic, a fully functioning social media platform with an embedded interactive story. He’s written graphic novels for Rubicon Publishing’s Boldprint series, illustrated early readers and novellas for Pearson (coming in 2019!), non fiction texts on Corruption and Children’s Rights; he even tried to conv ...more
“Comparison is poison. The poison is available at any time. It detracts from very real accomplishments and it hides all the steps and hardships required along the way to any achievement, even the hard work required from a prodigy. The trick is to look inward” 1 likes
“The meaning of life is to give life meaning. Through my eyes I remember beauty and give it meaning. By witnessing life, I give it meaning. Belief without meaning is a lie. The path is not set and each step is a choice. The path does not care how long it is. It is the path. It shouldn't be taken too seriously because it is an illusion of your own creation. Appreciate Grandma's unicorn farts” 0 likes
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