A wild ride through a teen's brain by AnchorageSchools [WorldCat.org]
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by Matt Burns

  Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience

A wild ride through a teen's brain   (2020-08-13)

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by AnchorageSchools

This book is a gross, funny, poignant, realistic ride in the brain of a 15-year-old boy. Kevin suffers with severe acne that seems to define his life and limit his possibilities.  He whipsaws between "I am totally normal and forgettable" to "I am a total freak"--sometimes within a single thought.  He is sure that everyone else is in on something and that he is, and will forever be, an outsider.  Sound familiar?

When Kevin's two long-time best friends begin to develop new interests and friends, he is certain that it is his freakishly bad skin that is driving them away. Hope presents itself in the form of a pretty girl he meets at the doctor's office.  She not only shares his skin trouble, but seems to be comfortable living outside the norm. Of course, as the story progresses, we discover that neither of these things are the whole truth.

The book's almost stream-of-consciousness writing style brilliantly embeds the reader in Kevin's thoughts so you feel his angst, his hope, his joy. This emotional morass is lightened with plenty of ridiculous situations and gross-out humor.  A word of warning: Kevin does experience suicidal thoughts--although he subconsciously masks them by putting them in the short stories that he writes. This may be triggering for certain readers.

I suspect that tween-teen boys in particular will love this title.  And I expect (more) great things from this author.




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