Reading/Interest Level: Young Adult
Author: Todd Hasak-Lowy
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Darren Jacobs is a fifteen-year-old stuck in the middle: the middle of high school, the middle of his parent’s divorce, and the middle of his brother’s first year of absence at college. But when he gets some earth-shattering news, Darren takes his life into his own hands and goes on a solo trip to visit his brother at college, where he encounters a strange but captivating girl. This novel in lists provides a glimpse into the struggles and emotional turmoil of a regular teenage boy who is learning to embrace himself and deal with change.
An interesting take on moments, days, and months broken up into lists, this book brings us deep into the thought process of Darren and his navigation of an adolescence that ends up being less than pleasant and more than confusing. As you read, each list breaks down a crazy event in Darren’s life in a detailed way, helping the reader feel sympathetic to his situation. Darren’s coming-of-age journey is significantly more satisfying than the other characters in his life, and his captivation with an elusive girl is an intriguing story to follow.
*Contains moderate sexual content, moderate language, and some substance abuse.