Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from Henry Holt & Co. via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review (and trust me, honest is always what you’ll get).
Review: One of my favorite YA books of 2016, hands down. Maybe I was just in the exact right state of mind for this book, or maybe it was just that good. I loved it. Loved. It. Very John Green-esque, but still distinctly different.
The characters were beautifully fleshed out, and I felt almost immediately connected to each and every one of them. Perhaps I just love reading books that reflect the inner lives of teenagers on the verge of adulthood, that portray them as thinking, feeling, reasoning (if perhaps a little emotional and sometimes not fully rational) human beings who are just trying to figure life out, figure themselves out. And I love that, through Sloane’s dad, we see the reality that adults don’t always have it all together, don’t always know which is end up, lose their sense of themselves and flounder around trying to find their true north.
Sloane’s dad was probably my favorite character. I loved their relationship. I loved that he became obsessed with some crazy paranormal fluffy television show with a huge fan following, and started obsessively writing fan fic. And actually, as someone who knows people who write fan fic, but has never really read much of it, his analysis of it was pretty enlightening. I love a book that enhances my perspective.
Obviously, I would absolutely recommend this book. Especially if you are a John Green fan. Think more An Abundance of Katherines than Looking for Alaska. It’s a lovely book about finding home where you’d least expect it.