A brilliant and moving coming-of-age story in
the tradition of Wonder by
R. J. Palacio and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime by Mark Haddon—this debut novel is
written with tremendous humor and charm.
This is Alex’s story. But he doesn’t know
exactly what it’s about yet, so you probably shouldn’t either.
here are some things that it’s sort of about (but not really): It’s sort of
(but not really) about brain surgery. It’s sort of (but not really) about a
hamster named Jaws 2 (after the original Jaws, not the movie Jaws 2). It’s sort
of (but actually quite a lot) about Alex’s parents. It’s sort of (but not
really) about feeling ostrich-ized (which is a better word for excluded
(because ostriches can’t fly so they often feel left out)). It’s sort of (but
not really (but actually, the more you think about it, kind of a lot)) about
empathy (which is like sympathy only better), and also love and trust and fate
and time and quantum mechanics and friendship and exams and growing up.
And it’s also sort of about courage. Because sometimes it actually
takes quite a lot of it to bury your head in the sand. Download and start listening now!