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Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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(Yet again, I wish that we were allowed to give half stars - there is so much room between 3 and 4 stars! - because I'd really rate this book at 3.5. However, since we can't, I prefer to round up than to round down, as it just seems more fair to the author.)
When I saw this book listed in one of my Goodreads groups as a "read for review" option, I was pretty taken in by the synopsis and really wanted to read it. I'm very glad that I took the opportunity to do so, and would like to thank the author and the group for letting me! I found this book to be very professionally edited and, visually, it was a delight to read because it was perfectly formatted for e-reading. I feel it necessary to just get that out because I was really impressed by that, and it's not always the case with indie books. So, high marks to the author and his team for that!
The author definitely has a maturity to his writing that makes me think it's not his first book, and/or that he's had a fair amount of education and practice in the craft. The text was so easy to read, not in the sense that it was a lot of small words but rather that it just flowed very well. There weren't any clunky sentences or strange phrasing; the dialogue was very natural and believable, not stilted at all; the characters felt real, were well-described, and acted like real people; and each chapter flowed well into the next. I don't quite know how to say it other than to ensure you that the author writes just as well as any traditionally-published, professional author (and I still feel like when I put it that way it sounds patronizing, which is not what I intend!). Although there are still a few editing errors here and there, this is not an indie book that you will have to struggle with at all.
I have an affection for the main character here, Tyler. He is a foster kid who's bounced around from house to house for the past 4+ years, and I immediately felt his pain and his feelings of otherness. He also grabbed my heart because he is a list-maker, and you could say I have a wee bit of an obsession with that myself! He's a very bright young man with his future planned out, or so he thinks. But he also definitely has issues creating meaningful relationships with people; he doesn't open up easily, doesn't communicate well face-to-face, and doesn't understand why or how his current foster parents seem to actually *care* about him. It all just touched my heart! But I also loved Tyler for his wry, sarcastic, sometimes biting humor and his quick wit. Trust me, the book us not all tender - it's definitely not a "woe is me" situation here!!
I have read in some other reviews that people felt there was no plot here, and I do agree with that - however, unlike for some other readers, that does not bother me in the slightest. As another reviewer noted, it is really an extended character study, of which I am a big fan. Some of my favorite books are "just" character studies, without a "first A, then B, ending in C" plot progression. I love that about this book, because I loved being in Tyler's life and in his head - but if you need loads of action and adventure, this may not be the book for you. It's really about Tyler's growth, ultimately, and I loved it.
I highly recommended that you read this book if you are at all intrigued by the synopsis or the reviews! I so enjoyed the time I got to spend with Tyler and the other characters in the book, and I was a bit surprised at just how big of a piece of my heart Tyler stole! Thank you, again, to the author for allowing me to be a part of this world for a while. I hope you continue writing, because you're great at it!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book through one of the Goodreads groups in which I'm a member in exchange for an *honest* review.
Tyler Superanaskaia (it's Russian) has spent the years since his mother's death in foster care, or the "foster-go-round" as he calls it. Now Tyler is approaching graduation and that means starting his life post-foster-system exactly the way he's always dreamed it: living on his own, attending Caltech and becoming a successful immunologist. Yet, in order to achieve these dreams, he must first earn money for his future living expenses, write an award-winning admissions essay and present an academic record that will earn him a scholarship. Will Tyler's quirky personality and peculiar sense of "normal" get in the way of his dreams?
Told in a series of Tyler's amusing lists, botched admissions essays and narration, the novel is carried largely through the strong sense of voice permeating each page. Tyler's character is eccentric to say the least; his is so analytical that it is difficult for him to come down to the level of those who are less intelligent but more streetwise. He uses extremely advanced vocabulary when it is unwarranted, and he is so literal that he often misses the meanings of euphemisms--and yet, he has very clever and ironic nicknames for key people in his life. For instance, he calls his current foster parents, Carl and Janet "FoPas." At times this dichotomy is confusing to the reader, at other times it is indicative of a touch of Asperger's Syndrome or at the very least a symptom of living in homes that serve to isolate him from healthy, positive socialization. As it stands, this distinction is not made but left to the reader to determine. Nonetheless, this strange character dynamic does not limit the humor in the story. More sophisticated readers will enjoy Tyler's ironic musings, his clumsy relationship with Rachel, and his disastrous and hysterical attempts at creating stronger extra-curricular experiences for his resume. In short, they will stand firmly in Tyler's corner. Minor characters in the story provide interesting compliments to Tyler's struggle, showing that all individuals have battles of their own, from Carl and Janet, whose marriage is struggling in the wake of their son's death, to Levi, whose uber-religious parents hold him in chains. The only problematic element in the story is Tyler's flippant reaction to Milagro's death; his lack of concern is clearly caused in part by his short-lived, yet disastrous use of drugs. And perhaps in reality this is what happens--drug abusers sometimes don't suffer consequences to their actions or recognize how their actions affect others--but such imperviousness on Tyler's part does not ring true with the Tyler who is developed throughout his time working at the nursing home, the Tyler who falls in love with Rachel and the Tyler who reaches out to Levi. But for this one odd puzzle piece, I'd have given this novel a full four scribbles. Readers who enjoyed such novels as The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and Looking for Alaska by John Green should definitely check out this novel, by screenwriter and playwright Larry Buhl.
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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The main character, Tyler, is a hoot. After the death of his mother, Tyler is put into foster care.Read more