Friday, 27 July 2012

Book Review: Way To Go by: Tom Ryan

My Rating: ★★★★
Date Published: April 1st, 2012
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 224
Do I own it?: No

Synopsis: (Taken from Goodreads)
Kierce has a rule for everything, not to mention his whole future planned out. Jay has bad grades, no plans, and could care less. As for Danny, he’s stuck somewhere in the middle and can’t stop stressing out about it. His dad keeps nagging him about his post-high school plans, his friends won’t stop bugging him about girls, and a run-in with the cops means he has to to get a summer job – about the last thing he had planned. Worst of all, the secret he’s been keeping for years is threatening to spill out into the open.

Just when he’s beginning to wonder how he’ll get through the summer, let alone survive another year in Deep Cove, Danny meets Lisa Walsh. Lisa is dynamic, beautiful, and different from any girl he’s ever known. She’s also from New York City, which is about as far from Deep Cove as the dark side of the moon. For the first time in a while, things begin to look like they might turn out all right after all – that is, if friends, family, and reality don’t get in the way.

I don't know why Way To Go isn't extremely popular in the YA community yet. I thought that this novel was very original. It was the perfect blend between humour, family drama, and nostalgia. The most interesting aspect of this novel, is that it is set in the early 90s. It didn't feel like the 90s until the girl that Danny meets brings out the tapes (as seen on the cover). As Danny struggles with whether or not to tell his friends that he thinks he's gay, he goes through a ton of family, and work drama. Danny's naration and Tom's writing comes across as  very down-to-earth and authentic. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a nice contemporary novel. 

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