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A lot of the humor comes from the observations that Tyler makes (but incorrectly comprehends), which fades as he starts to notice more about the people around him, but by that point the story makes up for what it's missing in comedy.
It's difficult for me to say anything else without giving away the ending, so I'll have to leave this review by saying Kudos to the author on a great first novel!
There's a lot to praise in this debut novel -- a fresh scenario, secondary characters with unique personalities, emotion that touches you without being overly melodramatic. But what will keep you reading (and in my case, forcing my family to eat dinner late because I was reading instead of cooking) is the author's command over his protagonist. This is a character who feels real, even though he's definitely quirky (and I suspect possibly more), because the author has clearly and thoroughly thought him through. You'll wish you knew him.
If I had a couple of things that took away from the novel, it would be that the second half had less of the humor that peppered the first half, and that the ending seemed somewhat abrupt.
But it's an enjoyable story well worth your time. I'm glad I read it.
There is a moving kind of dignity about the story and the subtle changes that occur in Tyler when he finds a couple who actually care about him make up the story. And there is the weakness in this book; it lacks a strong plot.
Tyler is a bright kid, basically a nerd, and he wants to go to a special college that's very hard to get into. The book details his journey towards his goal but there isn't a single strong antagonist to give the story bite.
The book is basically an extended character study, and if you don't require a gripping story, then there's a lot of subtlety to enjoy here - I did enjoy it - but I suspect that it may not hold everyone. At a quarter of the way in, you might be wondering if anything is going to happen. It does and it doesn't. The events keep moving along and the addition of lists and journal entries give variety to the reading experience, but there is nothing major to hold those who need a need a strong plot to keep them reading.
But don't let that put you off. It's very well written and Tyler is an interesting and endearing character, well worth reading about.
I received this free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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