This book is, in a word, HILARIOUS.
Y’know, I’m one of those people that has a really weird and skew-wiff sense of humor so when a book really makes me full belly laugh out loud, well, we’re onto a winner folks. Basically, Dan is the kind of protagonist I open a LOT of books looking for and never find. He is srsly uncool, what with the being kicked out of private school because he’s not rich anymore. Sucks right? Well, throw in a just out of the closet dad, a mother that is obsessed with Radiohead, a house full of weird crazy old stuff because old aunt Adelaide has bit the dust and a crush to end all crushes on your new next door neighbor, and YAY! You just got initiated into Dan’s new life! My new fictional little brother!
Male protagonist out to steal my heart!! Gosh, do I love a good book told from a male POV, they always end up worming their way into my heart and staying for good.
Okay, so the writing is like a cold cocktail on a srsly scorching day! It’s refreshing and goes down real nice and you get that warm fuzzy feeling inside. It’s quirky and weird and FUNNY. Like, I spent most of my time laughing AT Dan and the insane situations he found himself in, like the whole attic scenario is basically the best thing ever. And something that I would probably have done as a teenager. When I crushed, I crushed really hard. And this is why Dan needs to be my brother, because I can steer him in the right direction. Plus, his mum owns a wedding cake business, which means FREE CAKE SAMPLES. It’s like Wood thought of all the best things you could ever include in a book and then she did. So, Wood is like a ninja at dialogue. It snaps and strikes and makes you realise just how important dialogue is, and how one whip smart comment can propell a story so fast, it's one of those blink-and-you-miss-it things. The writing was just pure genius, like so -
“We look at each other with shy relief. It's the look two odd socks give when they recognise each other in the wild.” AHHHHHHHHHHH!
“REVISITING THE LIST
1. Kiss Estelle
Okay, at least I've met her. She thinks I'm a creep. And that's withought her knowing I've read her diaries. Unless we somehow fall over, exactly aligned, lip to lip, and gravity causes the pressure, or we find ourselves in a darkened room and through a series of Shakespearian ID muddles she thinks she's kissing someone else, I can't say how this is ever going to happen.” I am completely charmed. By a geeky 14 year old guy, WHO SHOULD BE MY BROTHER TNX.
I couldn’t put it down. There is so so much to love about this book. And that’s down to the impeccable loveliness that is Dan. I swear, this kid is so super cute and super fab it’s not even REAL. And the teen angst was hysterical, and made me all nostalgic for times when I thought the whole world had had this big meeting without me and they were plotting against me! When everything wasn’t fair! Like Dan (yes my first crush was called Dan, coincidence?!) and the fact that he got with my best friend and it was like THE END OF THE WORRRRRLLLLDDDD OMGGG!!!
This is a book about a boy who is desperately hopeful and full of big dreams and a even bigger heart. Properly endearing. I just want you ALL to read it!
Awkwardness is in my soul. I just plain loved the quirky kookyness of it all. Get on it now. You won’t regret it.
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