Saturday, May 16, 2015
100 Sideways Miles, by Andrew Smith
If you haven't figured out that this is boy book (complete with scatological references, beer guzzling, and endless discussion of sexual arousal) then the proposition is pretty well laid out by the book's cover: a depiction of a horse's corpse about to land on a much younger Finn and his biological mother (crushing Mom to death and leaving Finn with neurological damage that causes his episodes). All of this random stuff means it's a funny book but not a particularly tasteful one. If you enjoy novels like John Green's Abundance of Katherines, this one is right down your alley. But for fans of books with pink covers and strong stories about interpersonal relationships, this one won't be quite as appealing.