So, I got back from my UK trip last week and I still feel that nagging, whining feeling where I just don’t want to go back to my daily life yet. Even though I already have. Daily life is for saps. I want to be on vacation all the time. Forever. With a never-ending bank account that doesn’t ever get frozen because your bank thinks someone stole your card and jetted off to the exact same locations that you called and warned them you would be traveling to…
Anyway, I haven’t posted for a while and I certainly held up the maybe part of Blog Me MayBe, but now I’m really home and the dry, antibacterial scent of my cubicle is forcing that realization pretty hard today so I thought I’d take a short break from my duties to post a late blog about my favorite book for May. Even though it’s nearly a week into June.
I did read INSURGENT in time for the YA Book Club, but I couldn’t come up with a post for it. I don’t know why. It was like, my mind went blank when it was time to review it. It wasn’t that I disliked INSURGENT, it was just that I didn’t particularly love it, either. I felt so ‘meh’ that I couldn’t force a blog post–like any praise or criticism that I wrote would ring false. Ambivalence! That’s the word. I was ambivalent.
I was NOT ambivalent, however, about LEXAPROS AND CONS by Aaron Karo. I actually won this book from Hilary Wagner when she interviewed Aaron, but I had been wanting to read it. It’s about the struggles of a boy with severe OCD, but in like, a funny, non-issue-booky way.
Chuck Taylor’s voice is eccentric and hilarious, very teenage boy, and sort of heartbreaking, too. He spends his days keeping up with a bevvy of routines–checking the stove, spinning the lock on his locker, tallying every time he mastur–yeah. He’s so very teenage boy. When a pretty new girl arrives in town, Chuck finds new inspiration to tackle his issues.
The characters are all well-drawn and though the storyline doesn’t deviate much from the standard of *scary issue-false sense of recovery-real recovery,* I still felt like it had emotional truth to it.
What was your favorite read in May?