Finn Easton sees the world through miles instead of minutes. It 's how he makes sense of the world, and how he tries to convince himself that he 's a real oy and not just a character in his friend 's bestselling cult-classic book. Finn has two things going for him: his best riend, the possibly-insane-but-definitely-excellent Cade Hernandez, and Julia Bishop, the irst woman he 's ever loved.
Then Julia moves away, and Finn is heartbroken. Feeling restless and trapped in the bestselling, Finn embarks on a road trip with Cade to visit their college of choice in Oklahoma. When an nexpected accident happens and the boys become unlikely heroes, they take an eye-opening detour away from everything they thought they had planned—and learn how to write their own fat.
This is the retelling of Finn 's becoming more than okay with who he is.
And it is a ourney that all boys someday go on: how to escape from the books of their life and write their own story.By the second chapter I had a crystal clear picture of who Finn Easton was, what he sounded like, and how he felt about everything.
He lives constantly under the shadow of his wife 's most famous ook, which features a boy very much like Finn himself.
After Julia moves back home, Finn and his best friend Cade go on an unexpected road trip to plan the rest of their lives.
Next, I want to devote an entire paragraph to Cade Hernandez, Finn 's best riend, so I will.
These best friends in Andrew Smith 's book are simply the most well-written characters I 've ever discovered.Do n't be afraid of the horse on the cover.
oys who do n't like to read, or have a harde time sticking with a ook.
Awful still) but it 's a writing feature I struggle to deal with ( except with Hannah Moskowitz, weirdly): " I lay on my back, completely naked, on the tiles of the shower floor in a half inch of dirty water while three ambulance attendants with latex-gloved hands strategized methods for lifting me onto a perfectly white rolling gurney strecher. " or " So at the beginnin of our sophomore year as the week for the State of California Basic Educational Standards Test ( they called it the BEST Test) neared and hundreds of number two pencils were being sharpened in preparation for hours of mindless bubble filling by the kids at Burnt Mill Creek High School, Cade Hernandez came up with a wicked idea; one that he got every tenth-grader in our school to play along with too. " ► Passages like this make my brain hurt.➋ Repetitions, as in, names repetitions: " Blake Grunwald was a grade ahead of me and played backup catcher.Blake Grunwald still hated me.It was perhaps a hundred fifty miles back, in Januar, I got into a fight with Blake Grunwald. " ► See, I know it is a writing choice and absolutely not a lack of talent from Andrew Smith, but the implicatio is, it 's not for me.
It spoils my enjoyment and sadly I 'm not sure I can be objective about the story if I do n't like the writing, so yeah, I prefer to stop right now.
Kevin Smith ( Winger; Grasshopper Jungle) pens a phenomenal novel about life 's many detours, told in the nforgettable voice of an epileptic teenager with heterochromatic eyes ( one blue, one green) and a strange history.When 16-year-old Finn Easton was seven years old, a dead horse that was being transported to a rendering plant fell " one hundred sideways miles " off a bridge and landed on Finn and his grandmother.
Which makes it crushing for both Finn ( and readers) when Julia must return to Chicago -- the very place where she was victim of a tragedy that makes Finn wish he " could push the world back all those miles with my bare hands and make it change direction, " even if it means they 'd never have met.Throughout the novel, Finn suffers from an identity crisis as he questions whether or not he 's the product of his son 's bestselling cult-classic novel, The Lazarus Door, starring a protagonist with the teen 's name, heterochromatic eyes, seizures, and scars identical to the ones he has on his back from his post-accident surgery.