Gerald Faust started feeling angry even before his mother invited a reality TV crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth–which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle–and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school. No one cares that Gerald has tried to learn to control himself; they’re all just waiting for him to snap. And he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that…until he chooses to create possibilities for himself that he never knew he deserved.
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After hearing A.S. King’s name on Youtube for literal years, I decided to read a few of her books. Actually, I decided to read them all and post reviews for them in the month of May…
Yeah that didn’t work out.
Her books are very…
I thought they were contemporary! They are magical realism, which is cool, but after reading 300 pages I want to know what the hell is going on! I read Reality Boy (and loved it), then read another story, that put me off of her books for good.
Maybe I should have started with her most popular stories (Ants & Vera Dietz). I will! One of these days.
Often in YA novels, parental dynamics are ignored. These well adjusted teens are presented, but their parents are often a mystery never shown.
This is one of the first YA books that I’ve read that truly stressed the impact of “bad parenting”. A.S. King did a great job of developing EVERY single person’s backstory, and letting it be known why each person behaves the way they do.
Some reviewers said this was her worst book.
How? If this was her worst, I need to read her best!
For my own writing, this book emphasized the importance of family, especially in YA novels. You can’t just put a bunch of kids in a story, and not talk about their family. Whether they do or do not have one, that has impacted their current life.
Plot – 1 star
Setting – 1 Star (Perfect!)
Characters – 1 Star!
Writing – .50 Stars! (I disliked the ending. I didn’t like how him and his friend just took off on a road trip.)
Diversity – 1 Star! (all white, loved the diversity seen in his special education class. first story I’ve read that discussed anger management issues)