Yo!! Sirius here!!
Welcome to my first ever legit book review. I had always wanted to do this, but I never had time to read my books. Thankfully, I was able to finish one. And I finished it in 5 hours. Yep, you read that right, 5 hours.
Looks like I’m still a fast reader. Ooohohoohoh.
The book I am reviewing today was a book I bought last year, from a Bookfair, Big Bad Wolf to be exact. The book’s name was One Seriously Messed-up Weekend in the Otherwise Un-messed-up Life of Jack Samsonite.
Damn, the title is long. And I thought only Light novels do this. Lol.
Jack Samsonite’s Foolish Plan for Being Amazing at Everything
(including getting a life, getting into Film School, and getting into a girl’s knickers)
1.Make an amazing(ly bad) short film about zombies . . . or maybe superheroes . . . or just three idiot friends. It has to be deep and meaningful and (most importantly) has to have a scene where I kiss a girl on the mouth.
2.Write the world’s best university application ever! (Or at least one that doesn’t make me seem like a nob).
3.Don’t get expelled trying to complete 1 & 2.
It can’t possibly fail… right?
Before anything else, let me clarify that the moment I pick up this book, I didn’t know that this book was a sequel. Like…from the cover itself, it wasn’t mentioned…AT ALL. Uuggghhh…It would have been nice if I had read the first book before this, but all is good as I kinda still understand WTF was going on.
My thoughts about this book. I think I can summarize my feels in one sentence. *ehem*
“Reading this book feels like I was riding one hell of a rollercoaster ride, from start to finish.”
Yep. That pretty much it.
Don’t worry, I will still elaborate.
One Seriously Messed-Up Weekend in the Otherwise Un-Messed-Up Life of Jack Samsonite was a book I didn’t have any expectations at all. Compared to its weirdly long ass title, the story was quite simple. It was about a high school kid wanting to have an amazing high school life before the school year ends. As always, everything didn’t follow his way, but everything was still f*cked up…in a fun way. Yes, the whole journey reading this book was FUN. It was one hell of an enjoyable ride.
However, I won’t consider this a masterpiece or a really really really good book.
What was its problem?
This might be technical, but it’s really important. The pacing of this book was really bad. It was fast. Fast like a race car. Like it was being chased by something. Personally, I don’t see this as a bad thing as I myself is a fast reader. But believe me, I actually stopped in the middle of my reading because the information I got from the book was too much. From one chapter to another, everything was narrated and told in a fast manner. It was engaging, yes, but it doesn’t have little moments to let the reader breathe. There were moments that I felt a bit slower than other chapters, but it was still faster than normal so I can’t really take a break unless I personally stop reading. Maybe this is one of the reasons as to why I finished this fast. ( I just realized that now while typing. Lol)
Still, this bad trait doesn’t overall make this book bad. Like I said above, this book was really fun to read. One reason for that would be the narrator and the protagonist, Jack Samsonite. As we are seeing everything in his POV, we got to know more about his opinions and thoughts about other people and himself, and also his “struggles” as he is approaching the end of his high school years. His way of thinking was really interesting and weird as I wasn’t prepared for all of this. Yes, it would have been better if I read its first book, but oh well.
After a chapter or two, I was able to get used to his flow of thoughts and indeed, he is a highschool boy. The way he describes his classmates or his enemies, everything was exaggerated and over the wall. But it was funny as hell. He describes each one of the characters using his impressions and the stuff he literally sees. Still, we, the readers, can still make our own impressions and image of what the characters were and not be biased. And that’s one of the things I like about this book.
One of the best things about this book would be its twists and turns. I mean, when I described this book as a rollercoaster ride, it literally is with its twists and turns. It’s amazing. The twists didn’t feel out of place or wrongly put. If you have been reading the book intently, then you might get the clues laid out all over the book. It just so happen that the protagonist, Jack, didn’t take note of them. LOL. That’s where the word, FUN, blossoms really hard as these twists make your jaws drop as they are bizarre as hell, but makes sense. Hahaha.
Overall, this book was one hell of a ride. I know I had repeated that phrase a lot of times already, but its the realest description I could give of the book. Yes, this book is no perfect, but if you get used to it, I think you won’t mind it anymore. As long as you, as a reader, personally take some breaks, for the sake of your eyes and brain. Okay?
Would I recommend this book? Hell yeah. Totally.
But you guys shoudn’t follow my footsteps and just check this book. First, check its first book then this one as I wasn’t able to that. Maybe, you guys would have a better experience of the story if it’s more complete.
That’s all for now.
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This has been Will Sirius and thanks for reading!