One day Cameron almost died at Disneyland. Now he’s dying of mad cow disease, and to defeat the thing that gave him the disease he will need to go on the coolest roadtrip ever.
This is the kind of book you’d find in a grade 12 English classroom of the “cool” English teacher. There are so many details in this book that you could easily write essays on multiple topics, reading into seemingly random occurences and insignificant details.
The narration is fairly dark, as is the story overall, but still the humour shines through. The word “morbid” comes to mind, but it’s not quite that. There are also shocks that reveal truths about life. Sometimes these truths are things we’d rather ignore, so I think the book is worth the read for that alone.
That being said, it is a very slow moving book, especially in the beginning. Even when the “action” begins, there was never a feeling of rushing, despite the fact that the protagonist is in a race against the clock. However, try not to let this put you off to the book. Slow in this case doesn’t necessarily mean poorly paced. This is the kind of book you should savour: a long-distance run instead of a sprint.
Books with similar aspects
Liar by Justine Larbalestier
This one time with Julia by David Lampson
recommended to fans of intricate but fun books with endings that can be read in different ways
not recommended to those who prefer concrete conclusions and books that get to the point
Don’t just take my word for it!
“This book was very funny and I was definitely entertained for the duration. ” Jen @ Almost Grown-Up