Monday, 6 July 2015

ARC Review: Me Being Me Isn't Exactly as Insane as You Being You byTodd Hasak-Lowy

Author: Todd Hasak-Lowy
Pages: 656 
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: March 24th, 2015
Received from: publisher 
Status: Standalone

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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.

Then one Thursday morning Darren's dad shows up at his house at 6 a.m. with a glazed chocolate doughnut and a revelation that turns Darren’s world inside out. In full freakout mode, Darren, in a totally un-Darren move, ditches school to go visit Nate. Barely twenty-four hours at Nate’s school makes everything much better or much worse—Darren has no idea. It might somehow be both. All he knows for sure is that in addition to trying to figure out why none of his family members are who they used to be, he’s now obsessed with a strangely amazing girl who showed up out of nowhere but then totally disappeared.

Told entirely in lists, Todd Hasak-Lowy's debut YA novel perfectly captures why having anything to do with anyone, including yourself, is:

1. painful
2. unavoidable
3. ridiculously complicated
4. possibly, hopefully the right thing after all.

Me Being Me Isn't Exactly as Insane as You Being You is a novel written in lists, which at first I wasn't sure would be something I liked, but later enjoyed.

The story is about Darren, who's having a pretty rough time, but later gets his meek existence changed when his dad shows up and they end up going to visit his older brother Nate. What ensues next changes Darren's perspective on his life and the people he once trusted the most.

The story was okay in my opinion, but REALLY long. It's 600 plus pages that really could have been told in 300 pages. The story was well written, but there was a lot of things that could have been better with it. I think Hasak-Lowry's writing really made up for the fact that there isn't much of a plot.

Darren is a really average guy who's life is really messed up at the moment because his parents are getting divorced, he's really not great in social situations, his older brother is no longer at home, and he doesn't know how to deal with the turmoil happening within him.

He's really an average character who learns a couple new things about himself and his family, but other than that, it's pretty much it. What made the book nice for me was that it was written in lists, and I didn't know it was written in lists (I didn't really read the synopsis when I requested the book, I just sort of picked it).

It was an okay story overall with great writing. I just would've liked it to be shorter. It could've been told in 300 pages.

*Note: this review was published before it's actual release date, but I took it down because I felt like I had to re-write it because it was a short review before. I am reposting this new and longer review, which was written before the book was published as well, but I never got to post because of other issues. The star rating and my opinion of this book has not changes since.

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