Anderson delivers a wonderfully crafted book, yet again. I was even more thrilled with this one since the protagonist was a guy. Until now almost every book written from a male perspective has been written by a male author. I was interested to see how this one would tun out. I’m not sure why I ever doubted her abilities. Anderson is a wonderful author. She can do anything.
Tyler is another wonderfully complicated character. He’s going through a lot most of the time in this book. I loved him instantly. He’s the kind of guy I would be friends with. He’s so similar to my friends from high school and my friends in college. He’s geeky enough to play video games well into the night. But he’s cool enough not to bore you talking about it. Something I really love about Tyler is that he thinks through things a lot, though not always the things he should. He weighs the options and chooses the one he thinks is best. This is a clear sign that he has a good head on his shoulders. It’s totally his fault that things always seem to spin out of control. In fact, a lot of the time, it’s not his fault at all.
This book focuses on Tyler’s relationship with others, but mostly his relationship with his father. It’s definitely what I would consider a “coming-of-age” novel. Though Tyler has to deal with some unusual circumstances, any young adult can learn from the book. A lot of his problems are caused by rumors and not-so-great decisions. The smallest wrong decision can turn anyone’s life upside down. Though the plot is interesting, I feel this book is more character-driven. I found myself constantly wanting to know more about every character. I wanted to understand them, especially Tyler’s father.
The writing is stellar, as I would expect from Anderson. Something I love about her writing is how she adjusts it to fit each character’s personality. Tyler is funny and pessimistic. The writing compliments him perfectly. It’s as lyrical as it was in the other books I’ve read. It stays out of the way of the story. The narrator was fantastic. He was the perfect voice for Tyler. I couldn’t have hoped for any better than him. Overall, a really great audiobook.