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That Crazy Perfect Someday Paperback – June 20, 2017
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"That Crazy Perfect Somedayis a stunningly confident debut novel, as agile, quick, and sure-footed as its protagonist. Its narrative surprises hit like rogue waves but feel inevitable in retrospect, expressions of this book's unique physics. The surfing scenes are among the best I've ever read, and the vivid and richly imagined detail calls to mind the work of Adam Johnson and T.C. Boyle. Mafuri is one of those rare characters to whom you'll have trouble saying goodbye when the pages run out." -- Doug Dorst, New York Times bestselling coauthor of S.
"Michael Mazza has written an unforgettable tale about a young woman surfer. Whatever her complicated life throws at her--sharks, envious competitors, near death experiences--she dives into headfirst. She is fierce, independent, a wiseass, and still searching for where she belongs. I don't surf, I don't even know how to swim, but I would follow this young woman anywhere." -- Diana Wagman, author of The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets
"[This] debut novel rips through the near future…powered by the megawatt voice of Mafuri Long, a spritely surfer babe from Generation Z whose epic wave crests through this tale." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Feisty hero Mafuri's first-person narration gives voice to the rarely glamorous and often infuriating world of being a female athlete. This is a beach-bag must-have." -- Booklist (starred review)
"Mazza is one of the quickest, most creative minds I've ever come across. Every idea he comes up with is worth paying attention to." -- Toby Barlow, author of Sharp Teeth and Babayaga
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Thanks to this book though, I wouldn't mind going out into the ocean. It made it sound pretty good. Too bad I am not into the outdoors and I am too much of a chicken to try.
That Crazy Perfect Someday is about Mafuri Long, a surfer girl who is some where between the ages of 20 and 30 as far as I could tell. She holds fame in the world for riding a record breaking wave. She is currently training for the upcoming Olympic Games. Her father is a depressed and troubled veteran and he mother passed away some time before this book began from cancer.
In short, this book is more or less about Mafuri Longs life and the things that happen in the course of time that this book is talking about. She is trying to help her father and keep him safe from himself while training hard for the Olympics. She wants gold. Like really wants it. It would be a life defining thing for her. Not much else matters. She needs to show the world she wasn't just that wave.
So we travel through her life with her on her way to the Olympic Games. And a lot of stuff happens.
So That Crazy Perfect Someday is technically set in the future, but not a very far off future. The year for the book is 2024. The world is essentially in a predicted state from where we are now. Some advances in technology and medicine - nothing to crazy from what we currently have. Drones in the air, cars that can drive themselves, etc. And the global warming has hit which has messed with the weather patterns and what not making them totally unpredictable. Is this why surfing is such a huge deal for Mafuri's world? I don't know, but it does seem to be the end all sport of the Olympics (is it a huge sport in the Olympics now?)
And of course this book talks a lot about surfing. There were definitely times I felt like I was out in the ocean along with Mafuri. Feeling the water on my skin and the sun beating down on me.
Character development wise, I did feel like there were a few bumps. There were times when I was really feeling Mafuri, and there were other times where I just was not. I would occasionally lose a bit of that feeling where she could be real, but it would come back. Or there were cases where other characters had vindictive attitudes and I didn't really feel their actions were quite on the mark for what was going on. I also wanted to feel more connections between the characters than I got, but part of that may just have been Mafuri's character (which we do see grow thankfully).
Also, there is some language use in the book, and it did throw me. Mafuri, the narrator, tended to not swear and use words such as "effing" and other softer terms for the harsher ones. But when other characters would swear, the harsher terms were used. It isn't a huge thing, but I found myself noticing it and to me it felt a bit weird. At first I thought Mazza was trying to not use swear words, but then they were there...and it just a tiny hiccup in the flow for me.
I will say this though, probably by the time I was 25% into the book I didn't want to put it down. I wanted to be there on that beach with Mafuri. I wanted to be surfing with her. I wanted to see what was going to happen next to her. Would she kiss that guy? What was she going to do about this new situation she found herself in? What was the heck was that person thinking? I wanted to know. And when I found myself at the end, I felt like I had made the journey with Mafuri. And I enjoyed it a lot.
I look forward to reading more of Michael Mazza's work.
This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher through Irish Banana Blog Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.
Additionally, I was very intrigued by Mafuri's father. He seemed like he had a great story to share having been a former Navy captain of the former USS Nimitz and present USS Hillary Rodham Clinton. Again, when the story finally focused on this part of the story, there did not seem to be a lot of sharing. In fact, I don't remember some of the details in this section of the story. What I did read showed me that Mr. Mazza can write. I will check out some of his other work.