Fifteen-year-old Darren is having trouble coping with his parents’ divorce and his brother going away to college. One day, while visiting his brother, Darren meets Zoey, a strange girl who changes his life. But, Zoey disappears before Darren can learn anything about her.
Since this novel is written entirely in lists, I thought it should be reviewed in lists.
5 Reasons that this Book is Awesome
- It’s a story told in lists. How cool is that?
- Darren is a fairly realistic teenager. He’s a little depressed, very average, not always likeable.
- Darren’s brother is funny. Nate is my favorite character, even though he’s also not very likeable.
- Darren’s father is loving and patient. I wish Darren was nicer to him.
- The book is over 600 pages, but it doesn’t take very long to read. Because it’s written in lists.
5 Reasons that I Struggled to Finish this Book
- It’s bloated. Many of the lists are pointless. They don’t advance the plot or develop the characters. Sometimes the lists even seem to hinder the storytelling.
- The story is bland and lacks suspense. I had a hard time staying interested in the plot because there isn’t really a plot.
- I didn’t love any of the characters. They’re okay, but not particularly memorable.
- Why is this story told in lists? There has to be a reason. The author tries to give one at the end, but it’s not enough of a reason for me.
- I didn’t completely understand Darren’s reactions to anything. Why is he so obsessed with Zoey? Why is he so angry at his father?
2 Additional Thoughts
- The execution is interesting and original, but the story and characters aren’t.
- I’m slightly disappointed.