If you find yourself enjoying slightly irreverent books that make light of social norms, this book is for you. I enjoyed it as much as Mothership (where pregnant teens battled aliens), and that is saying a lot. I thought this was funny and delightful, and if you’ve ever felt like a hobbit in a world of dwarves and elves (or if you don’t even know what that means, but you have felt like you don’t fit in), this is the book for you.
So everyone at her new school thinks Reed is something she isn’t, but it gives her a popularity boost and the opportunity to sidle closer to her new crush, so she rolls with it. She means to set them straight, but the timing is never right, and once you’ve let a lie go too far, it’s just awkward to admit the truth. A laugh-out-loud Bildungsroman about a misfit who sets out on a journey of self discovery with just the fiction of J.R.R.R. R. R? Tolkien as her hated guide. I enjoyed this book with almost all of my heart and gave it five stars because these are my people. If you never befriended a mathlete or gave yourself a (bad) haircut or spent any time within the confines of an ultra conservative religious schooling situation, it might not speak to you as much and you might think it is only four stars (whatever, dwarves). Reed is flawed and makes stupid mistakes, but they are mistakes that are suspiciously like that time you let those boys believe you were a hardcore gamer girl when, really, even Super Mario was beyond your abilities. This is what growing up looks like! The plot moved quickly, and I finished it in a few hours because I couldn’t put it down. Themes of being yourself, honesty, and friendship add some depth to the comedy. If you can’t handle someone making uncomfortable social realities funny, you should pass, but if you sometimes see the entire social construct as one big joke – read this today! I laughed from cover to cover (seriously, read the author’s acknowledgements), and I dare you not to find even the longing for processed foods funny. While I an still trying to puzzle out the meaning of the title, and I’m slightly unsure if I love or hate the cover, I do know that what is on the inside is what is suppose to count (at least that is what my mom says), and this one has definitely got good guts! It is currently available for 99 cents on Amazon – you know you want it!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.