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Jul 15 2015

Me being me is exactly as insane as you being you by Todd Hasak-Lowy

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Simon & Schuster, 2015. ISBN 9781471124594
(Age: 14+) Recommended. Fifteen year-old Darren Jacobs has always felt different; his weight a little too much, and his height a little too short. He also wonders if he will ever have a girlfriend. But his world is turned upside down when his parent separate, and for a reason Darren never expected. His dad is gay. With his brother Nate away at college, and his only real friend Bugs having moved away, he has no one to turn to. No one until he meets Zoey Lovell, who may just be even more different than Darren. But Zoey has troubles of her own and after a whirlwind evening together, she goes missing. Now Darren must not only deal with the pieces of his broken family; he must also deal with the pieces of his broken heart.
In this coming-of-age novel, the author explores the themes of sexuality, family, and relationships, including those of a same-sex nature. Through the novel's protagonist, Darren, Hasak-Lowy also shows how teenagers struggle with body image and being comfortable in their own skin. As the narrative is voiced exclusively through Darren, it allows for a great insight into the mind of a young teenage boy, and how he copes with his family and romantic relationships, and learns to accept himself and others for who they are.
This unique debut novel is told entirely in lists, and is a funny, contemporary, and highly imaginative read. This would best suit older readers, namely secondary students and above, as it is quite a lengthy novel, and contains some mature content including the discussion of sex, and the exploration of substance abuse.
Emma Gay

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