Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Publication Date: March 24th 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Point of View: 3rd Person & Masculine
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Family, Love, Psychological
A heartfelt, humorous story of a teen boy’s impulsive road trip after the shock of his lifetime—told entirely in lists!
Darren hasn’t had an easy year.
There was his parents’ divorce, which just so happened to come at the same time his older brother Nate left for college and his longtime best friend moved away. And of course there’s the whole not having a girlfriend thing.
Then one Thursday morning Darren’s dad shows up at his house at 6 a.m. with a glazed chocolate doughnut and a revelation that turns Darren’s world inside out. In full freakout mode, Darren, in a totally un-Darren move, ditches school to go visit Nate. Barely twenty-four hours at Nate’s school makes everything much better or much worse—Darren has no idea. It might somehow be both. All he knows for sure is that in addition to trying to figure out why none of his family members are who they used to be, he’s now obsessed with a strangely amazing girl who showed up out of nowhere but then totally disappeared.
Told entirely in lists, Todd Hasak-Lowy’s debut YA novel perfectly captures why having anything to do with anyone, including yourself, is:
3. ridiculously complicated
4. possibly, hopefully the right thing after all.
I decided to DNF this book when I realised how I had read 150 pages… that could have been shorten to 15. Really.
I was waiting for the moment when Darren was going to visit his brother, Nate, at his college with his father. So I waited… and waited… and waited some more, but the moment never came and I unfortunately ran out of patience and interest for the book.
It’s actually not a ‘‘bad’’ book. Honestly speaking, I quite liked the main character and every other character in the story interacting with this latter. Flawed or not, they felt very authentic and I could easily picture them in my mind.
It was exciting to start a book solely made in ‘‘lists’’ and that is the reason why I thought this would make an interesting read. And I guess it could have, but the thing is that the author included such a huge amount of unimportant and insubstantial lists that, instead of appearing as plot fillers, they were actually… the entire plot. Or almost.
Don’t get me wrong, this, for some people, will make an amazing (deep and slow) psychological read but, for me, it was too much sauce and not enough meat.
LOL at first line of the review, I dislike books that are longer than necessary and could have been made shorter You seriously write some of the best reviews Lola, I really like the negative ones much more xD Fantastic review<3
Ah complicated when we have so many pages and finally nothing happens. I didn’t know about this one but I think that I’ll pass as well. thanks for the review.
I don’t mind slow books, but only as long as there is still substance between the words. Something like that where so many pages are for nothing would drive me CRAZY. I’m surprised you lasted as long as you did 😛
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Oh no! Sorry this was such an awful read for you. 😦 I hope your next one if fabulous!
A book told by lists?? Don’t think I will enjoy that, at all. But still, is sad when someone doesn’t like a book
Aww I hope you’re next read is better. Honestly, I’m kind of glad I didn’t request this, because I think I would have also been bored by the premise of it. Even though it is lists.
Aw man, interesting title and cover, but sad to hear that it didn’t live up to what it could have been
Bummer. I’m not really a fan of books that drag the story line. Sorry to hear you couldn’t finish it, I hope your next one is a winner! 🙂
Ugh, I was definitely going to pick this up! I think it’s interesting that the story is told in list, maybe I’ll give it a shot. Who knows if I’ll be able to push through all the unnecessary shit in the book, especially since I’m rather quick to DNF a book these days lol.
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I feel like I should just say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, at the begging it takes a bit to build up but once you reach the climax of this book you simply cannot put it down. It’s too bad you weren’t passionate enough because this was an amazing book!
Even though this wasn’t your kind of book (and sounds like it would be a lot of people’s cup of tea) it actually sounds like something I’d enjoy. I really like lists and I love the title. Just of curiosity, which character in the book is GLBTQ+? 🙂
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I honestly don’t remember. This was 5 years ago, a book I dnf’d, written in lists. God so many factors are against me… but maybe the father or the hero himself?
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