Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle

Hardcover, 288 pages
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Library
For fans of: Contemporary, Romance, Diversity FTW, YA

     Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before—before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa…and before Annabeth was killed in a car accident.
     Enter Geoff, Quinn’s best friend who insists it’s time that Quinn came out—at least from hibernation. One haircut later, Geoff drags Quinn to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy—a hot one—and falls hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending—if, that is, he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story.


   This book seemed to be exactly my type of book: diversity, romance, laughs, and a hard-hitting event that can make the reader think. This book has all of the above and then some, so it's no surprise that I liked it. 
     Quinn's biggest dream was to become the guy to write movies and end up in Hollywood. But then something happens to make him question everything he thought before. He stopped doing anything besides existing until his best friend drags him out of the house and to a party..... Where he finally meets a guy whom he falls hard for. It looks like things are starting to look up for him!
     Although the romance was what I looked forward to, it wasn't there for most of the book. It gave it a slow burn and made it so that even the reader knows how the tough outre shell was coming off Quinn. It was nice to see the way they fell together.
     What really captured my attention was the diversity. I loved that it seemed so natural and wasn't filled with stereotypes that some books have. It helped it to lean heavily on the realistic side and not so much the fiction. It refreshing to not have to roll my eyes with every page turn. 
     The only thing I wasn't a huge fan of was the plot. It was a little slow moving for my taste, but it helped to binge read it instead of breaking it into parts. There were times when I really fell into the story, but for the most part there wasn't really anything happening and it was a bunch of backstory. 
     This book was filled with different thigns that I love so there was no surprise that I would like the overall book. I can definitely see myself reading more of Federle's books! 
Overall, I give this

(There will be no quotes as this is for class!)


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