Today's review is a heart-racing, 'How did I get myself into this mess?' novel about the decisions we make in split moments.
Here's the choosy Blurby-Blurb!
"It's life or death: his or yours. Tonight, Kenny is looking for Tommy Fortune. If he finds him, Tommy will be silenced, perhaps for ever. Kenny's not a bad guy. So where did it all go wrong? This is going to be the longest night of Kenny's life."
Sweet and short - just like this novel!
It was such a weird story, so I can't wait to rant all about it to you.
*SPOILERS! If you go ahead and read this book, not wanting to see spoilers, then please turn around and go and read this book before reading the spoilers here. Otherwise, you might just make a decision that you'll regret *SPOILERS*
Let's be honest - the cover is hella boring. The font is try-hardish, the colours are odd and don't pull me in. What really pulled me in was the blurb. It was so short. So brief. and it works well! It made me think, 'Why does Kenny have to kill this Tommy guy? Why does it have to happen tonight? What will happen to Kenny if he doesn't kill Tommy?' and that's what a GREAT blurb does! It draws you in, makes you ask questions, and that causes you to buy the book and take it home. It's not my favourite, and it's a bit bland.
The other cover, the one with the blue-eyed people with the blue jigsaw puzzle is just so dumb. So dumb.
Kenny is a 17 year old who is obsessed with Mafia movies. He is also known for his bad decision making. Failing in school, cheating with his brother's girlfriend, and hanging out with two 25 year old guys who set up random fights on the internet where they almost beat each other to death.
One bad decision leads to another, and Kenny finds himself in a place where he has to choose between finding Tommy Fortune and bringing him to a designated place to potentially be 'silenced', or to be silenced himself. Kenny's 24 hour day goes from bad, worse, and the worst.
This book was good and bad, clear and confusing, stupid and brilliant. It was all these things, and I am so conflicted about how I feel about it. A part of me wants me to absolutely despise this book, but another part of me loves how it was done and the plot. A part of me wants to burn this book and never talk about it again. Another part of me wants to write this review.
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions.
Because I went into this book knowing only what was in the blurb, there were parts where I was honestly thinking, 'What am I even reading?' and just mass confusion.
Kenny is a dumb kid who happens to get himself into the wrong crowd - when I say wrong crowd, I mean two older guys who are both married, have kids, have normal jobs, and yet organises fights and sleeps with random women. He also makes the dumb decision of sleeping and crushing for his brother's, Joe, girlfriend. Perhaps the large reason of why I didn't like it was because I couldn't connect with Kenny as a character. I couldn't connect with ANY of the characters! The only character I did like was Tommy Fortune and his mother!!
Each chapter was written back and forth. One chapter would be in the present day of Kenny trying to find Tommy. The other chapter is what led up to Kenny being in that situation. I really actually enjoyed this way of writing, and found it really exciting to go back and forth, having things slowly be revealed. The only chapters that I found myself getting a tad bored in was Natalie's chapters (Joe's ex-girlfriend, and Kenny's current girlfriend) she is one of the most boring female characters I've had the displeasure of reading. Dumb and doesn't understand when somebody is trying to protect her from danger, she is played off as a 'Heartbreaker' to put it nicely. I just dislike so much when female characters are only used for sexual purposes.
Kenny - There were so many times where I just face-palmed at how dumb Kenny is/was/always will be. I didn't like him, or connect to him at all. He always happens to find opportunities to get himself in trouble and near the point of killing someone else. Kenny. What are you doing? Ugh.
Mack - Mack needs better hobbies. Perhaps golf, or video games would be a better preference instead of trying to start fights and accidentally kill other people? He was such an interesting character in terms of being so back-and-forth. One moment he is Kenny's best guy friend, taking him out to games and out to bars with Spence(?) and then the next he is beating up Kenny because he won't cooperate. How he has ANY adult friends is beyond me.
Joe - Joe was...I don't know. Usually at the end of books, you're meant to feel like characters change, they grow and develop. I felt like Joe didn't really. His girlfriends cheats on him with his brother, and Joe just cries and accepts it. He doesn't fight Kenny, he doesn't tell Natalie that she is a liar and a cheat. He just cries and leaves. And when the times comes that he sees them again, he wants to calmly talk about it - With Natalie he even tries to rekindle their relationship! JOE! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! (This whole family is just so messed up..)
Natalie - Girl, you need to stop treating yoself. Just stop.
Tommy Fortune - You are so adorable. With all your manners and your politeness even though you're a dealer of all sorts and etc. I found myself really liking Tommy, and as Kenny got closer to delivering him to Mack, I was thinking - 'NO! DON'T YOU DARE! TOMMY IS A CUTIE-PATOOTIE! NO!' My favourite character in this whole book is Tommy Fortune :)
- How the chapters were written. It was really captivating on reading presently and then reading how Kenny's decisions stuffed him over.
- Tommy Fortune.
- How the plot revolved around decisions, and IN THE END, Kenny finally made the right decision.
- That blurb could make me read an autobiography, I swear. It's so good.
Things I didn't like:
- The Cover - It's really bland and just boring. At least it's better than the other cover with the people on it. I hate people's faces on covers...
- 90% of the characters. If I could line them up one by one and create a slapping train, I'd do so.
- The Ending. It left me wanting more and a different conclusion.
- How the ordeal with Natalie, Joe, and Kenny didn't get resolved IN THE SLIGHTEST. WHAT IS THIS?! Don't write chapters of their relationship and how they feel about each other and then completely stop and not resolve it. I don't need sleep - I need answers.
- The length! It was very short.
I'm rating this book a 4.5 out of 10. It's intriguing, but it didn't really quench the thirst it started.
(Also, there was no favourite quote :\ I guess that's a sign of why it's a 4.5)