I am going to have some positive things to say about this novel. But it should be clear, this is not a “good” book at all. The plot is predictable in a lot of ways, and the writing is sometimes very very bad. Sometimes it’s fine. It’s one of those books we give credit to for being a)logically plotted and cohesive and b) better than it has any right to be.
I don’t know who Logic is, or rather didn’t and hadn’t every heard of him until I picked up this novel. I picked it up because it showed up in my Overdrive feed and it seemed out of place. Two, I had a handful of students list it as a book they loved, and these were often students who I wouldn’t call as clear examples of readers.
The book starts out in this really off-puttingly self-serious way, but then backs off and becomes…well, not exactly funny, but off-key and kind of funny. The novel is a “dude” who is 24 or 25 and is VERY 24 or 25. He’s super serious about the world and his place in it and is trying to a write a novel because he got a book deal about a crazy weird guy working at a supermarket. This is both that book and about that book. Also he meets a girl he really likes and she doesn’t play games and even though he doesn’t play games either, she’s a real straight-shooter about his weirdness and stuff. And she likes good music! And he likes good music!
So on the one hand, it was more inventive and clever than I thought it would be, while also being entirely predictable. I applaud him for getting some of my students (boys, obviously) to read more.