by Matthew Quick
3.5 of 5.0 stars
Although this isn't normally my "type" of book, there's no denying that I was entertained and that this is excellent writing.
As in The Silver Linings Playbook, it's almost as if Matthew Quick has an inside read on ... not mentally challenged but mentally sort-of-not-there characters. Those with a lot of quirks, let's say! Here we follow a guy who has had a good life in his mind although the reader may have a hard time believing that! And then it unravels as his mom dies and truths are revealed.
In all honesty, I read the last 20 pages in tears. So poignant and innocent and heart-breaking (not to him, but to me). It takes something special to deliver all this sweetness along with all the tragedies.
About the author from Goodreads.com:
Born Philadelphia, The United States
Genre Literature & Fiction, Young Adult
Matthew Quick is the New York Times bestselling author of THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, which was made into an Oscar-winning film; THE GOOD LUCK OF RIGHT NOW; LOVE MAY FAIL; THE REASON YOU’RE ALIVE; and four young adult novels: SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR; BOY21; FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK; and EVERY EXQUISITE THING.
His work has been translated into more than thirty languages, received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention, was an LA Times Book Prize finalist, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a #1 bestseller in Brazil, a Deutscher Jugendliteratur Preis 2016 (German Youth Literature Prize) nominee, and selected by Nancy Pearl as one of Summer’s Best Books for NPR.
The Hollywood Reporter has named him one of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors. All of his books have been optioned for film.