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The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
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“A tale of an unexpected friendship, an unlikely hero and an improbable journey...This novel might just strike you as one of the funniest, most heartbreaking novels you've ever read. This is the story of seventeen-year-old Alex Woods - born to a clairvoyant mother and a phantom father, victim of an improbable childhood accident - who is stopped at Dover customs in possession of 113 grams of marijuana and the ashes of his best friend, Vietnam veteran Isaac Peterson. What follows is a highly original and compelling account of Alex's life and the strange series of events that brought him here.”

Actually … ignore the above. This story was not funny or heartwarming in the slightest and I hated it! There was absolutely nothing profound and witty in the whole thing. I think the only thing which attracted me to it at all was that it had a lovely pic of Glastonbury Tor on the front, and iBooks had given it a good review. The characters largely annoyed me, especially the hippy dippy mother. Was glad to get this one done and over with!

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April 12, 2013 – Finished Reading
May 19, 2013 – Shelved

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retronerd  Steinkuehler I doubt I will like it but have nothing else at present to read so am stuck. Listen for a scream of agony....


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