Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You – Todd Hasak-Lowy

Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You – Todd Hasak-Lowy

Title: Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You
Author: Todd Hasak-Lowy
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 23rd April 2015
Pages: 646
Rating: 4/5 stars

Thanks to Simon & Schuster for sending me a copy to review!

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Darren hasn’t had an easy year. His parents divorced, his brother left for college, and his best friend moved state. Also, he still doesn’t have a girlfriend.

Then his dad shows up at 6am with a glazed chocolate donut and a pretty world-shaking revelation. In full freak-out mode, Darren ditches school and jumps on a bus to visit his brother, Nate, at college. But someone weird/amazing comes along for the ride.

Told entirely in lists, this hilarious novel perfectly captures why having anything to do with anyone is:

1. painful
2. unavoidable
3. ridiculously complicated
4. possibly, hopefully, the right thing after all.

I actually didn’t find the story all that intriguing, but the lists were awesome! When I heard about the book, I couldn’t get over the style, that Hasak-Lowy had written an entire book just with lists! And it works! Occasionally I found the list names a bit long, but the lists themselves were fun and it made the story an easy, relaxing read.

Darren’s parents have recently gotten divorced and his brother has moved away to college. To add to his confusion, Darren’s Dad arrives one morning at his Mum’s house to inform Darren that he is gay. Understandably confused and a bit freaked out, Darren jumps on a bus to visit his brother (without letting his parents know) with a strange but alluring girl in tow.

There is a lot of focus placed on Zoe, the girl, and in particular an intricate design she draws on Darren’s arm. After a night where the two kiss, Zoe disappears, leaving Darren completely and utterly confused and lonely. And then the book (and its lists) turns into a little bit of an obsession with where she is, what she is doing and why she disappeared so suddenly.

I didn’t really have an invested interest in Darren’s ‘relationship’ with Zoe – it really just annoyed me, as manic pixie dream girls are wont to do. However, I loved Darren as a character – we are completely inside his head, with all of the lists, and he is just adorable! I particularly loved the scenes near the end where he is driving – he hates it just as much as I do (which is a lot)!

Even though the story wasn’t my favourite, I absolutely loved the format and hope that other authors follow suit and write in list form! It was such fun to read for a fellow list-maker (even if my lists are just pages and pages of books I want!).

Do you think the format or style of a book can create enjoyment even if the story doesn’t really?

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