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.
Todd Hasak-Lowy is the author of Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You, which was published in the UK by Simon and Schuster last week. I'm halfway through it and enjoying it so far - it's all written in lists, which makes for a very interesting reading experience!
Thanks to Todd for writing this post for me!
7 Impressions and Opinions Todd has of London and England in General, these based on two short visits that took place 25 years apart
1. Street signs in London are exactly 400 times more interesting in their appearance than their counterparts here in the US.
2. I know that drivers sit on the other side of the car in the UK than they do in the US and that, therefore, cars drive in the opposite direction on two-lane roads. But somehow when crossing the street I can never seem to recall what this means or where to look. So when crossing not at a traffic light, I look both ways, put my head down, and sprint, while praying for my survival.
3. Free art museums are a beautiful thing.
4. 11% of my brain (a part that overlaps considerably with the 13% of me who’s an idiot in general) likes to believe that no one in England actually has a British accent, but rather that these awesomely odd voices are produced solely for my entertainment.
5. Related to #4, I spent an afternoon in 1988 in Liverpool. I couldn’t for the life of me understand a word any of the locals said. Nevertheless my friends and I kept looking for excuses to ask them questions, because when they responded it sounded like we were talking to obscure members of The Beatles.
6. On that same trip, I was told I needed to pay for a packet of ketchup at a fast food restaurant. As a result, I held a grudge against the entire United Kingdom until 2006, when I finally put this trauma behind me.
7. There will never, ever be a better term for an underground train than “the Tube.”