The Odyssey of Falling might be my top read for 2014, and if you like contemporary YA, this would be my first recommendation. The book summary doesn’t do this one justice. This book has soul. I was so glad that I read it! This is a kindle only book, and that makes me sad because I just want to hand out a hundred copies and get my students reading this funny, heartfelt, compelling book that I couldn’t put down. At $3.99, it is a real bargain. You should buy it. Now.
Meet Odd. Audrey “Odd” Ashworth is an exceptionally bright girl with a sympathetic heart. She’s in the top 4% of her class. She’s obsessed with getting into Manhattan School of Music, committed to following the “signs” the universe delivers, and infatuated with her recently deceased best friend’s boyfriend.
Life is a little strange for Odd.
Until she finds her best friend’s diary in her crush’s car, and decides to do the bucket list tucked inside the pages. As Odd seeks closure and a way to honor her friend, she discovers there’s nothing wrong with being a little strange, especially if it helps you discover who you were meant to be. Along the way, Odd falls into trouble, adventure, and finally love.
Audrey is trying to make sense of her life as she struggles with the death of her best friend. Audrey and her friends are offbeat and relatable and genuinely fun to follow. The plot was entertaining and meaningful but not the predictable teen read. I laughed, and I got that thick crying feeling in my throat, and I truly cared about the outcome in this book. I read it straight through in an afternoon. I will definitely recommend it to my Sarah Dessen and Huntley Fitzpatrick fans. There was some minor language, sensual situations, and drug/alcohol use, but they were not glorified. High school and above readers.