Friday, August 19, 2016

Me Being Me is Exactly As Insane As You Being You - a novel in lists, with an LGBTQ twist early on

Me Being Me is Exactly As Insane As You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy

Darren hasn t had an easy year.
There was his parents divorce, which just so happened to come at the same time his older brother Nate left for college and his longtime best friend moved away. And of course there's the whole not having a girlfriend thing.
Then one Thursday morning Darren's dad shows up at his house at 6 a.m. with a glazed chocolate doughnut and a revelation that turns Darren's world inside out. In full freakout mode, Darren, in a totally un-Darren move, ditches school to go visit Nate. Barely twenty-four hours at Nate's school makes everything much better or much worse - Darren has no idea. It might somehow be both. All he knows for sure is that in addition to trying to figure out why none of his family members are who they used to be, he's now obsessed with a strangely amazing girl who showed up out of nowhere but then totally disappeared.
Told entirely in lists, the novel perfectly captures why having anything to do with anyone, including yourself, is:
1. painful
2. unavoidable
3. ridiculously complicated
4. possibly, hopefully the right thing after all.

Add your review of "Me Being Me is Exactly As Insane As You Being You" in comments!

And my thanks to Yapha for the heads-up on this one.

1 comment:

Sarah Stevenson said...

This sounds interesting! I'm curious to see how the novel-in-lists form works, and how the author made it hang together as a story...