- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen (October 11, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062293729
- ISBN-13: 978-0062293725
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,603,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—A thought-provoking, meandering love story that defies the heart palpitations so prevalent in the teen romance genre. The setting for this literary gem is a road trip in which Homer, accompanied by Einstein—his genius younger brother—is taking Mia, the pregnant girl with whom Homer has fallen in love, to the last known address of her foster sister. With careful attention to plot, Philpot introduces stops along the way in which the trio meet fascinating characters—who all have their own tales that are elaborated in parables found interspersed throughout the plot. These background snippets cleverly aid in building readers' appreciation of the uniqueness of each character. The author introduces diversity in gender identity and family structure organically and in a way that demonstrates the many layers of love. In defiance of happy endings everywhere, the end of the road signals a shift in the burgeoning romantic relationship between Homer and Mia. This is a novel to be savored and experienced, with characters who are every bit as quirky as those introduced in John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil sans some of Berendt's more adult scenes. VERDICT Readers who delight in beautifully complex characters and evocative plots will be drawn to this work, but it is not a title that will circulate widely without librarian or educator intervention.—Jodeana Kruse, R.A. Long High School, Longview, WA
“Humorous, provocative...Gently affirms the importance of companionship and connectedness.” (Horn Book Magazine)
“This is a novel to be savored and experienced. Readers who delight in beautifully complex characters and evocative plots will be drawn to this work.” (School Library Journal)
“[Philpot] has a talent for creating many-layered characters whose depth and vulnerability make for effortless and immediate connections with readers.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Filled with unique characters, the novel’s rich range of people and experiences all cumulate in an enchanting ending. Appealing for fans of Green and Asher, and a bittersweet love story for fans of Dessen and Rowell.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
PRAISE FOR EVEN IN PARADISE:
“If you’re a certain kind of reader, there’s a very good chance you have both Gossip Girl and The Great Gatsby on your bookshelf. Even in Paradise belongs right in the middle of the two.” (Teen Vogue)
“Eloquent and suspenseful . . . While readers know early on that Charlie’s relationship with the Buchanans is headed for a fall, they’ll be as entranced as she is by this beguiling, Kennedy-esque family, for whom power and pain are inextricably entwined.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“A modern romance and classic tragedy. Readers who enjoy deep explorations of emotions and human frailty will relish this work.” (School Library Journal)
“This intriguing and beautifully written novel has it all—love, loss, friendships, secrets, and that startling concept that one mistake can change the course of your life forever.” (Elizabeth LaBan, author of The Tragedy Paper)
“An homage to Brideshead Revisited that reverently paints the rush and the melancholy of the original, while reinventing itself brilliantly for mature young adult readers. A striking coming-of-age debut.” (Julie Berry, author of All the Truth That's in Me)
“Poignant and enigmatic.” (Leila Sales, author of This Song Will Save Your Life)
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A solid, good book whose virtues can't be captured in a short plot description.
“For fans of Mosquitoland and Paper Towns” (Goodreads). That is a bunch of lies! Mosquitoland is one of my all-time favorite books and this one was nothing like it. I honestly don’t know how I even finished this book, it was slow in the beginning but I thought it would pick up. I was wrong, I managed to push through to the end, but I was completely bored the whole time. The story itself was supposed to be of a road trip from Florida to somewhere way up north, but there weren’t any adventures. I picked up this book mainly because it was a road trip book. In these types of books, you expect there to be spontaneous stops and awesome adventures, I didn’t get any of that in this book. I wanted a whole lot more from this book. The originality in this book is nonexistent, but I picked it up because I thought it would be like other road trip books I’ve read. This book was also super predictable and made me not want to read it, because I already knew what would happen. This book didn’t make me feel anything but boredom and the characters were flat. They weren’t relatable at all, and seemed to only have one personality trait. Out of all my TBR this one I was the most excited about, and it let me down. Not only was the story uninteresting, the writing style wasn’t for me. The only thing I liked about this book was this one quote: “Human beings are like planets. We have individual orbits that overlap in places, but whether or not we meet at the overlaps is all about timing and chance. But that possibility is enough to keep us spinning in circles.” I was really hoping this would be a light, fun beach read and I would love it, but it wasn’t and I didn’t like it at all. Now, after saying all this doesn’t mean I don’t acknowledge all of the author's time and love that went into this book. Just because I didn’t like it doesn’t undermine the author’s writing ability. I’m sure she is very proud of it, and she should be, it just wasn’t for me. I won’t do a spoiler section because it would just be me complaining about everything.
In Be Good Be Real Be Crazy, we follow Homer and Einstein, a pair of adoptive teenage brothers as they shepherd the entrancing Mia from their home in the Florida keys up the Eastern seaboard to New England. Philpot maximizes the road trip motif by expertly weaving poignant vignettes into her protagonists' drive, allowing a charmingly eclectic cast of characters to illustrate the texture of human life and experience.
Even in Paradise introduced us to a writer fond of delicious, toothsome language and detailed character development. With Be Good Be Real Be Crazy, Philpot complements her skillful prose and intimate character knowledge with a newfound level of plot mastery to provide turns both surprising and seamless. I hated to put it down and can't wait to see what she writes next(!)